Outdoor Dinner Party Tips and Ideas

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy an outdoor dinner party with friends and family. However, it does require some preparation and proper planning. No matter the size of your guest list, there are a handful of elements to take into account to make sure your yard is fully equipped for entertaining.

Here are some party tips to consider during the planning process that will help you impress everyone on the guest list.

Pests

Coming in contact with mosquitos is inevitable during the summer, and can easily distract you and your guests from enjoying the night. Prepare for mosquitos by first inspecting your party area for standing water. Once you've done a proper perimeter check, stock up on mosquito-repelling candles or torches, and have a few tall oscillating fans on stand-by in case you don't have much of a breeze. You won't have to deal with the added annoyance, and your guests will thank you for not having to smell like bug spray all evening.

Lighting

As the night wears on, you'll want to be prepared with proper lighting on pathways and around your deck or patio. You can pick up outdoor lights at your local home improvement store or search for creative ideas worth trying. Placing tea lights within hanging jars on a deck railing is simple, and provides a nice dim lighting for the outdoor dining space. The right lighting will help your guests maneuver, and add some ambiance as the party comes to a close.

Decorate

Going the extra mile to excite and entertain your guests goes a long way in the eyes of a party-goer. Fun, functional decorations like drink toppers, light covers and tray organizers help add some flavor where you don't typically find it. Turn a paper muffin cup upside down for a decorative drink cover, and pick up matching lantern-style light covers to add a theme to the party. For dessert, add style to a sundae bar with a decorative topping organizer to match your party theme.

Outdoor Games

Your guests are sure to have plenty of fun chatting away with mutual friends, but having some games ready is always a safe bet. Pick up cornhole boards or a bocce set at your local sporting goods store to make sure everyone's entertained. You'll be satisfied with the lack of lawn destruction with these games too.