9 Outdoor Entertaining Tips You Need to Know for Summer

Channel Your Inner Party Planner with These 9 Outdoor Entertaining Tips

The warm weather is finally here, and you know what that means—endless summer parties. It’s finally time to enjoy the wonderful summer weather with a gorgeous outdoor gathering. Need some help? We’ve got you covered. To host a seamless fun and beautiful outdoor gathering, follow these simple outdoor party planning tips!

1. Fire up the Grill

Outdoor Entertaining Tip | Create a Grill Themed Menu

Summer is officially the season of grilling. Get outside, fire up the grill, and cook more than just burgers and dogs. Our chefs have created a series of grill inspired mains, sides, and desserts that are begging to get on your grill. From juicy Miso Glazed Flank Steak to Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp to full fillets of Branzino—no matter your craving, you’re sure to find it on our grill season menu. The best part, everything comes pre-portioned, packed, and ready to throw on the grill so you never have to fuss with heading out to the grocery store again.

Check out our full Grill Season menu here.

2. Provide Lots of Comfortable Seating

Outdoor Entertaining Tip | Provide Ample Seating

Let your guests mingle and hang out as they please with an abundance of comfortable seating. Repurpose indoor furniture or even camping chairs and benches around your backyard to create a comfortable space where your guests can relax for hours on end.

The dinner table is no different. At your outdoor dining table, make your seating a bit more comfortable with a few inexpensive cushions or pillows. Your guests will be more inclined to stay around the table and enjoy your delicious feast.

3. Play Games

Outdoor Entertaining Tip | Play Games

Let your guests entertain themselves with a series of simple outdoor games! Try our favorite outdoor game, cornhole. This simple game involves throwing corn kernel filled bags through a hole—that’s it. A game for all ages, but with a beer in hand, this game becomes a fun and easy way for guests to enjoy each other's company while celebrating the summer sun.

There are tons of different games that you can try in your own backyard. Giant Jenga, bocce ball, horseshoes—the list goes on and on. These casual games are a great way to celebrate the beautiful summer weather.


4. Keep Dining Essentials Nearby

Once dinner has started, the last thing you’ll want to do is run back and forth from your party to inside of your home to grab last minute dining essentials. Gather things like extra utensils, serving utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments and keep them on a table or tea cart nearby. You’ll never miss a beat (and you’ll feel like a party planning pro).

5. Make Beverages Easy to Access

Outdoor Entertaining Tip | Make Beverages Easy to Access

On another table, cart, or counter, provide a drink station for your guests. Stock it full of beverages of your choice—sangria, lemonade, and of course, flavored water are a few of our favorites.

Keep buckets or chests of ice, straws, napkins, cups, and garnishes out to create an easy self-service drink station that will keep your guests hydrated all day long.

6. Keep Trash from Piling up with Outdoor Bins

Keep your party pristine with easy outdoor trash bins. Baskets, laundry hampers, buckets—whatever you have on hand can easily be converted to simple and easy trash bins that you can keep outside for your guests. Not only will this keep your yard clean, but also cut down clean up time post-party while also keeping mess inside your home at bay.

7. Keep Bugs at Bay with Citronella Candles

Outdoor Entertaining Tip | Citronella Candles

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Warm weather brings pesky bugs. The last thing you want is your guests swatting away bugs throughout the day. Line your party area with citronella candles. This will help keep bugs away from your food, guests, and home.

8. Keep Your Dining Area Shaded

Hosting a summer barbecue during the day? Don’t sit there and watch your guests transform into grouchy lobsters! Providing shade for your guests is a must—even if that means renting a tent. Invest in a quality umbrella that can be moved around your yard to host a comfortable, sunburn free summer party.

9. Light a Fire

Nothing is better than toasting to summer around the fire. When the sun comes down, your guests will tend to flock inside. Invest in a fire pit to keep the party going outside. Rip open the marshmallows for s’mores or just keep it casual with comfortable seating and music—the best memories are always made around the fire.

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