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Warming temperatures are an invitation to entertain in the ambiance provided by outdoor living space. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a graduation, or simply want to enjoy some quality time with family and friends – your home’s deck or patio can be the perfect location to host nearly any festivity!

As long as mother nature is on your side, it doesn’t take much to make your outdoor party a success! A simple buffet, signature cocktail and laid-back décor can create the perfect atmosphere for a celebration or relaxing evening with your family and friends. Below are some tips to help you host a fun and easy outdoor get-together – that everyone will enjoy!

START WITH A THEME

During the initial planning stages, you will want to decide on a theme for your outdoor soiree. Start by brainstorming ideas that can best be brought to life in an outdoor space, like a backyard BBQ, build-your-own s’mores bar or champagne under the stars! Once you’ve picked your theme, you can begin planning out the rest – from the menu and décor to certain theme fitting activities.

Tip: Remember to also set up a space indoors with décor that complements your theme for guests who might opt to take a break from the elements outside.

MAKE SURE THERE IS ENOUGH SEATING & SPACE FOR EVERYONE

Set up your outdoor space with multiple seating areas so you have enough space for your guests to both sit and mingle easily. Don’t be afraid to re-arrange outdoor furniture to better fit the feel and flow of your event! For smaller dinner parties and gatherings, create a more intimate and cozy feel by moving tables and seats closer together. Also consider setting up a TV outdoors if your event happens to coincide with a big sporting event!

Tip: If you’re short on seating, grab chairs and colorful cushions from the inside to create a fun and comfortable mix-and-match look.

SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHTING

Create different levels of outdoor lighting to add instant ambiance to your space – especially if your event extends into the evening hours! Set the mood with candlelit lanterns, which provide additional lighting to walkways and paths, or string rope light across your trees to create soft, atmospheric lighting and illuminate dark areas.

Tip: Add some citronella-scented candles or tiki torches to your lighting mix, as they can enhance the lighting mix, while repelling away pests at the same time!