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Outdoor Entertaining Tips
Have a Plan to Deal with Insects
Many a great party has been spoiled by uninvited guests – including creepy crawlies like ants, flies, and mosquitoes.
Spray for insects long before your guests arrive and use real citronella candles to keep bugs away.
Cover any food that you have lying out to keep insects away, and provide bottles of bug spray for guests to use when necessary.
Think About Food Safety
Outdoor barbeques and picnics are a lot of fun, but they can quickly turn bad if good food safety habits are not practiced.
Remember the Wind Factor
Gusts of wind can turn a poorly-planned outdoor party into chaos. To make sure that wind doesn’t wreak havoc with your outdoor party, give guests plate holders to keep paper plates from flying away.
Your guests will feel more relaxed and comfortable if they don’t have to worry about their food flying away, and you’ll be able to concentrate on your friends instead of hunting down stray trash.
Plan for adequate seating
Whether you are using outdoor fireplaces, chiminea or fire pits, remember to get it started in good time, to give it enough time to heat up - nothing worse than having to wait until breakfast for your evening meal!
And finally, just enjoy the occasion. There is no point hosting a party if it is going to stress you out. Just relax and have fun!
Additional Outdoor Entertaining Tips
contributed by Riverside Garden Centre
BBQs create a focal point for any garden party and there is nothing better to get even the shyest people socialising than a few bottles of vino and the aroma of a sizzling steak or burger. By doing some quick research on the internet for inspired BBQ recipes and food safety guidelines, you will be sure to have the most talked about party for streets around. If is likely to run into the early hours, remember to warn the neighbours….or better still invite them round too!
Don’t let your imagination be restricted to just the food, this can be a perfect opportunity to show off your cocktail shaking abilities! Again some quick research on the net and prior preparation will serve you in good stead for this. Remember, the more flamboyant and over the top, the better!
The biggest worry for anyone looking to hold an outdoor party is inevitably the
weather! Consider investing in some temporary cover such as
Parasols, Pavilions and Gazebos. This will mean that in the worst case scenario of a downpour, your guests will be kept dry while still maintaining the feeling of being outdoors.
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