Outdoor entertaining is a very appealing and low-maintenance way to be social. With the summer season coming into full effect, an outdoor barbeque or lawn party are sure-fire ways to keep your guests talking for months afterwards and more than eager to come back for the next one. A little bit of planning may be involved in entertaining outdoors, such as the space available and what sort of entertaining is required. Consider hiring a professional hardscape company or landscaping service before the big event.
One option for throwing an excellent social event is the tried and true simple grill-out. Utilizing either a gas or charcoal grill (or an outdoor wood stove for the more adventurous) simply grill some ribs, hamburgers or hot dogs or whatever the host desires. Paper plates and plastic cups are often suitable and make cleaning up very easy – just make sure that guests are provided with an easily accessible trash receptacle!
Secondly, throwing an excellent event can be more upscale than the traditional barbecue. A cocktail party has the advantage of requiring minimal food prep – normally only snacks are served. The cocktail party however becomes a little more involved when the host aims to provide a variety of mixed drinks. Often the host is either decent at preparing cocktails or other bar drinks and will do the mixology or they may hire a professional bartender to minimize the stress. Either way, cocktail parties can be formal or informal, casual or business and are always a hit.
Another idea for outdoor entertaining is a tea party. This form of entertaining can be as formal or as informal as the host desires. Often times it will accompany another event or meeting but it can also stand alone with its novelty. Different kinds of tea are made available from black to green to herbal and flower teas as well as little biscuits or other hors d’oeuvres. Often these events are hosted around midday near a garden but they could just as easily be anywhere or anytime.
A fourth approach to outdoor entertaining is the much more upscale garden party. This type of entertainment is traditionally formal, often with tea-length dresses and black tie clothing. Often it is in the evening or later at night and is usually a full meal. At the very least the hors d’oeuvres should be upscale and classy. Fancy drinks or upscale wine is often served. This type of entertaining can be used to invite a boss over for dinner or as a mixer or to promote some sort of charity event. Whatever a host’s needs are, however, at least one of these tactics to outdoor entertaining is guaranteed to satisfy the requirement and leave guests wanting more!