Nothing says “summer” more than being out in the garden at home, enjoying a barbecue and drinks while the heat of the day warms you inside and out. Summer is a great time to enjoy friends and celebrate good times that will give you memories for years to come.
This handy list will prepare you with a list of outdoor entertaining essentials so that you will have everything you need for a successful summer party.
Top 10 Outdoor Entertaining Essentials
1. Outdoor dining set with umbrella
This is a perfect grouping of furniture, consisting of a table and chairs, to bring a center to the activities. This gives people a place to sit and visit, as well as eat their food without a mess.
Be sure to choose a set with a built-in umbrella – you will be thankful when the sun is beating on you and you need some shade.
2. Patio Sofa Set
In addition to the patio set, have a variety of seating available for guests. Different types of chairs and groupings make it easy for people to decide, for example, whether they are in the mood to take it easy and relax on reclining chairs or be surrounded by a larger group around a table.
3. Citronella Candles
Citronella Candles in Mason Jar
No one enjoys swatting at pests while trying to enjoy the company of friends. In your backyard party kit should be at least a few citronella candles. These will repel unwelcome visitors such as mosquitoes.
Ticks also shy away from this scent, so keep these burning and troublesome insects will be less likely to crash your party. Due to their popularity, these come in a variety of fun shapes to suit the mood of your particular outdoor theme.
4. Mesh Food Covers
Have a variety of food covers in different shapes and sizes. If a few unwelcome visitors like flies do end up making it to your feast, they will be stopped from partaking.
Many people lose their appetites while witnessing a variety of bugs landing and crawling on the food being served, so do everyone a favor and cover-up.
5. Barbecue and Utensils
Char Broil Classic Gas Grill
What is an outdoor party without a barbecue? Food has an extra kick of flavor when cooked on one -not to mention the convenience of being able to make your meal while soaking up the wonderful summer heat.
Any fanatic backyard cook prepares their food on a wood pallet barbecue grill, because nothing beats that hardwood flavor!
6. Outdoor Portable Bar
An outdoor portable bar will make your life a lot easier when entertaining outdoors. No more running back and forth to the kitchen for drinks!
The one above can be taken anywhere you go, including to the beach. There’s also a shelf for storing essentials like napkins and bottles.
A wicker bar with a shelf and 2 stools gives off a summery tropical vibe!
7. Fire Pit
Stars and Moon Fire Pit via Amazon
Whether dug into the ground or bought as a piece of equipment, a fire pit can give your party the wow factor you are looking for.
Young and old alike enjoy sitting around the fire. And don’t forget the marshmallows and sticks to go along with it!
57 Quart Rustic Wooden Flag Cooler
There is no reason for any host to be running back and forth to grab drinks or food from the fridge. Use a cooler, or several, to store everything from drinks to barbecue meat.
Speaking of coolers, buy several large bags of ice. This keeps items cold while in a cooler or bucket, or can be put directly into drinking cups. Many hosts have regretted not stocking up on ice, so be prepared with more than enough beforehand.
10. Pretty Outdoor Lighting
Create a magical world outdoors by using pretty outdoor lighting. You can use paper lanterns, solar-powered lights or beautiful candles.
11. Outdoor Sound System
Outdoor Portable Sound System with DJ Lights
No summer party without music! Get a sound system for outdoor that can play FM radio, cd’s and mp3 players and has a big powerful sound.
It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of time or money to make outdoor entertaining possible. A few on the list are big-ticket items but will bring you a great return in convenience, peace of mind and these last a few years as well.
Many are smaller and less expensive but just as necessary in your preparations. Take a look and make sure you have what you need to make your next outdoor party a success.