One of my biggest pleasures of summer is spending time outside with my family and friends, watching the kids play, and so I’ve decided to round up by best patio tips and tricks to help you enjoy the same easy summer entertaining as I do! Because summer is for enjoying the outdoor living and meeting with family and friends, right? Unfortunately a lot of times we get too busy preparing for the party to actually enjoy it ourselves. But hosting friends and family over doesn’t have to be stressful nor overly complicated!
1. Start with the finger food and DIY drinks.
The easiest way to feed a crowd is by setting up finger foods and letting everyone serve themselves. Let it be a hot-dog bar, a burger bar or a taco bar, with all the fixings, setting everything out for people to put it together on their own saves you time and makes it easier to entertain!
And as for the drinks, prepare a simple tray with a couple of the options, and let everyone serve themselves.
2.It’s all about the atmosphere.
What makes a meeting a party is the set up. So get some outdoor lights up, add fancy straws to your simple drinks, and decorate your patio with pretty planted plants. This year I reused my old pots, and came up with a whole new outdoor decor!
And you don’t need to be an artist to upgrade your old planters. I’m not a real artist, but it doesn’t really matter, because this trick here is so easy that even a toddler can pull it off. You can find all the details here, in the Leon’s Hello Sunshine Lookbook!
3.Games for braking the ice!
If you’re hosting a party where not everyone knows each other, you can prepare a basket with your family favorite games on hand, if they’ll see it, they’ll want to play!
4. Get rid of the mosquitoes!
It’s really no fun at all when bugs, mosquitoes and ants come to join in the fun! And even though there is big choice of products on the market, sometimes I’m simply out of them, and sometimes I think that all the chemicals in them are a bit too harsh for my kids sensitive skin.
But there are other ways to get rid of all the annoying bugs and misquotes! And my home-made mosquito replant is so pretty that everyone thinks it’s actually a summer drink! (I’ve explained all about it here, including the tutorial on making these pretty and all-natural bug repellents!)
5. A seat for everyone.
Nobody want’s to sit stiff on an uncomfortable plastic chair! Make sure your outdoor furniture is comfy by adding pillows and even blankets for those who get frisky once the sun sets. If you’re hosting a bigger group add some indoor furniture and mix them with your outdoor furniture. And for a more relaxed feel, prepare a blanket with pillows on the grass!
6. Occupied kids.
To prevent kids bumping in to adults, set up a kids table where mess and spilled juices not a problem. Get them some coloring pages and crayons for when they’re too tired of running around!
And lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the party!