How to Turn Your Backyard into a Great Place for Outdoor Entertaining

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A sunny day’s blue sky or a starry night is a perfect setting for a social gathering. If you are kind enough to share your piece of nature with your friends make sure to get everything right and make the event perfect for everyone. Apart from a good mood and great crowd, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Deliver food a la garden!

Food and drinks are an inevitable part of every party. If you combine this fact with a cool menu and the place the food comes from, you’ve got yourself an A+! Build or obtain an interesting type of grill, if you have someone who enjoys flipping burgers and grilling veggies. Another fun option is a fire pit where you and your guests could roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Avoid having people running back and forth in and out of your house by installing an outside refrigerator.

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Rearrange the sitting area

The way people interact can determine the course of the party or at least individual impressions of the party. Also, you are serving some sort of food and not everyone likes eating standing up. A wise idea would be to have a larger sitting area with a table and chairs or benches, especially if there is a great focus on food. Also, have scattered sitting spots throughout your backyard in case people want some privacy for whatever reason. Perhaps, they would like to have a private conversation with someone they haven’t seen in a while, a child got upset by a lot of new faces or they would like to get to know someone better.

Make it pretty and bright

Another very nice touch, especially your entertaining in the evening, are lights. There are so many different ways you can use lanterns, old clutter, jars, candelabras or even simple Christmas lights to add a little magic to your venue. See what you can find in a local garden supply store or create some garden art yourself to decorate your backyard. Use old pots and jars to put out some dried flowers and perhaps lavender with its charming lilac color and smell recognized and loved by most.

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Think of things to do

Depending on the type of the party and the people there you may need to push them a little bit to ensure everyone is truly entertained. Having a swimming pool usually does the trick here as pool parties are an obvious choice in a backyard with a pool in it. You can bring something entirely new by renting a miniature golf course. You can make it even more fun by making one yourself as obstacles may be more creative. Have someone offer a Golf Swing Training for the beginners present.

Make it an audio pleasure

Music is essential for every event. Your choice of music will depend, again, on the type of the gathering, but it definitely has to be present. You can create a playlist ahead of time or you can find a trustworthy person whose taste in music will not fail your expectations and ask them to play the music for the occasion. Whichever device you choose to play the music on, I advise that you have speakers outdoors. Decide where you want people to dance and make sure that there are areas which are quieter and where people can have a conversation without shouting at each other.

Keep the kids entertained

If your party includes little guests, an absolute must is to find some sort of entertainment for them. If the children are bothered, the chances are that their parents won’t have any fun at all. Rent out a moon bounce castle or have them involved in the mini golf game, think of games they could play and obtain the props needed. If this is too much to ask of you, at least have a ball and a couple of balloons, they can be very creative so I don’t doubt they will know what to do with them.

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Entertaining guests can be really rewarding and some people are naturally great hosts. On the other hand, some of us do not have that talent or ease and have a constant feeling that something is not right or someone is not having fun. Trust me, use these couple of tips and you will get the weight of organizing parties off your shoulders.

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