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Outdoor Entertaining Tip of the Month: Top 10 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Get-Together

May 14, 2012
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Summer is the perfect time to host an outdoor get-together – the kids are out of school, the weather is gorgeous and the sun is shining. Below are some tips to consider when planning your next outdoor get-together. Cheers! Choose a Theme Selecting a theme for your get-together helps create a special atmosphere. Margaritas and a mariachi band for a fiesta, or costumes and croquet for a Great Gatsby-inspired brunch. Keep Food Simple Check the weather forecast when planning the menu. Hot, humid weather can make some foods go bad more quickly. Dress the Tables Keep your theme in mind when selecting table décor, from linens, floral arrangements and place settings. Add Special Touches Make name cards for the dining table, add a flower sprig to each napkin ring or label each dish on the buffet with thematic cards. Make Guests Comfortable Offer guests a beverage upon their arrival, stock the bathroom with plenty of toilet paper, and provide seating to accommodate the crowd you’re expecting. Create a Signature Cocktail We personally love this Cajun Bloody Mary, but you can create your own concoction to match your menu. Set Up a Kids’ Table Set up a kids’ table to entertain the children and allow the adults to chat – be sure to stock with art supplies and kid-friendly snacks like veggies and dip. Keep the Conversation Flowing Brainstorm topics to bring up should the conversation turn stale – remember that everyone might not already know each other and it’s your job to make everyone comfortable. Memories to Last Forever Snap photos before and during the party. Before pics let you preserve your party décor and inspire your next get-together. Relax and Have Fun! Remember, it’s a party for a reason. Relax and enjoy yourself, and don’t get too caught up in hosting.

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