This post is sponsored by Kichler. They sent me my lantern for free but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Summer is my favourite season and when it finally shows up I always try to spend as much time outside as possible. That means that every gathering at our house between June and September is going to be outdoors, guaranteed. Our backyard is all ready for the summer and I can’t wait to start hosting!

8 Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Because outdoor parties are my favourite type of party I thought I’d share some of my tips for fun and stress-free outdoor entertaining for The Great Outdoor Living Event Blog Hop! 

Keep the food simple.

Party Cheese and Charcuterie Board | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Outdoor entertaining means you should be enjoying yourself too! I like to keep things simple with easy BBQ recipes (think: hamburgers and grilled veggies!) and cheese and charcuterie boards. For an easy and fun summer dessert keep it simple with a light lemon bundt cake or cookies and cupcakes!

Reduce how often you have to go inside

Patio Drink Station | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Fill a decorative pail with ice to keep drinks cold and make sure you have a selection of plastic/unbreakable glasses at the ready for guests. By creating space outdoors for these things you’ll reduce the number of times people have to go in and out of the house and prevent that precious A/C from escaping!

Have a basket of extras

Basket of extra sunglasses, sun block and hats for outdoor parties | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Keep a small basket of sunblock and bug spray handy in case your guests need to reapply while they’re visiting. I also like to keep a stash of extra sunglasses and sun hats around “just in case”.

Have lots of water available

Fill clean wine bottles with water for outdoor dinner parties | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Clean, empty wine bottles are an attractive way of making sure there is plenty of water around so no one gets dehydrated in the summer heat. I fill them up with tap water and put them in the fridge a couple of hours before guests arrive to make sure they’re nice and cold in time for the party.

Grow mosquito-repelling plants

Mosquito repelling planters | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Plants like lemon balm, citronella, lavender, marigolds and catnip can all apparently act as mosquito repellents. We’ve added them to planters around our deck, and while I can’t say with 100% certainty that they make a difference, I like to think that the are. Regardless, they smell great and the cats LOVE having fresh catnip around!

Play music (but not too loud)

Kichler South Hope Lantern | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Connect your phone to a portable Bluetooth speaker and let your party mix play on repeat! Just remember to turn the volume down later in the evening as sound carries further at night.

I love our new Kichler South Hope Portable Bluetooth LED Lantern; in addition to being a great source of light it’s also a really attractive speaker. The LED light is bright enough for evening conversations and I love that the LED light doesn’t attract a lot of bugs (being so close to a lake we definitely get our fair share).

Kichler South Hope Lantern | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design
Great outdoor lighting means the party doesn’t have to move inside just because the sun goes down!

Keep things cozy

Kichler South Hope Lantern | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Even in the middle of summer things can get a little chilly once the sun goes down. Keep a few throw blankets or quilts on hand in case anyone gets cold.

Outdoor fireplace | Tips for Outdoor Entertaining | House by the Bay Design

Just remember – summer entertaining should be fun! Enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and spending time with your guests – Happy Entertaining!

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4 Comments on 7 Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

  1. Jennifer Gainer
    June 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love your dreamy fire pit I image vino, acoustic guitars and smores’to round out that picture. You have lovely space and the lantern is very pretty.

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  2. Susanne
    July 1, 2017 at 11:10 pm (4 weeks ago)

    These are great tips Casey!! I would have never thought of having extra sunglasses and hats available…that is genius!! Your space looks amazing and I think I have that same exact throw 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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  3. Tina Bousu
    July 2, 2017 at 11:48 am (4 weeks ago)

    Great tips! I especially loved the basket of sunglasses/hats and suncreen. I never thought of that! And I’m a huge fan of background music too, it just helps with a light chill mood!

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  4. Sam @ A Happy Home In Holland
    July 9, 2017 at 5:35 am (3 weeks ago)

    Casey, I love what you have done with your garden, it looks so cozy and inviting. It makes me want to head straight over to yours for an impromptu BBQ 😉

    And that lantern! How cool is that? I love it!

    Reply

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