Get outside and smell the roses! With the summer soon coming to an end, we want to take advantage of the heat and be outdoor as much as possible. To organize the perfect outdoor brunch, here are a few tips we put together:
- Fight the Bugs
There’s nothing like irritating mosquitoes or gnats to send everyone inside. Cover your dishes with mesh strainers or food tents to keep bugs from snacking on it before your guests can. Clear any standing water in gutters, flower pots or other containers, as these pools are a dream breeding ground for mosquitoes. Plug in a few fans and invest in a few insect-repellent lanterns and candles to keep bugs away with style. Beyond the party, these will help you survive the warmer months with far fewer bug bites!
- Get the Tunes Going
Make a playlist in advance so you’re not scrambling to DJ while you’re prepping food and entertaining guests on the day. Aim for about four or five hours of music. If you know the crowd’s taste, try to sprinkle some of their favorite songs into the mix. Otherwise, the classics are usually crowd pleasers.
- Go for the Buffet
Line up the goodies and let guests choose what they want – it’s the tried and true way of feeding a crowd. Choose simple dishes that go a long way, such as chips and dip, burgers, salad, fruit, trail mixes and finger foods. Make sure you have enough ice and coolers to keep drinks cold throughout the gathering, and keep refilling them as the party rolls on.
- Get Floral
Transform your backyard into an inviting space with the natural aroma and beauty of flowers of the season. Your gathering is the perfect excuse to refresh your landscaping for spring and summer, filling your garden with beautiful flowering plants. Plus, you can decorate tables with fresh bouquets or some of these popular spring flowers. Hanging flower displays also easy yet elegant decorations, and your guests will love snapping a few pics in front of the gorgeous backdrop.
- Set Yourself Up for Success
Prep is key for hosting an effortless outdoor party. That means mowing the grass a few days before, wiping down tables, arranging tables and chairs, tidying up the house and outdoor living spaces, cleaning bathrooms and cooking in advance. That way, you’ll be able to join your guests outside instead of hiding inside to prepare everything at the actual gathering. For easy clean up, cover tables with rustic brown craft paper or decorative tablecloths. Simply throw the paper away or put the tablecloth in the wash and you’re all set. Set up your buffet with trays so you have to make fewer trips in and out the house.
6. Stay hydrated
To make sure your guest stay hydrated and happy, infused water is often a good option. By getting the large water dispensers, simply add some watermelon, lemon or mint to your water. Rose wine is also a delicious way to stay hydrated and get the party started. The Drop It wine-to-go is a great way to enjoy your rose wine. Simply pop the rose wine into the ice bag with water and ice, then pour your rose into the unbreakable plastic wine cups.
We hope you enjoyed our tips and trick.