Patios are the perfect place to host a great party, especially as the summer comes to an end and we begin the transition to fall. Warmer temperatures and longer days are ideal for backyard gatherings with family or friends. Hosting the ultimate patio party requires careful planning, a little creativity and some organization. A successful party should be fun, festive and provide a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere for you and your guests. One of the best aspects of an outdoor party is the abundance of available space where guests can easily move around and mingle. With some simple decorations, some food and drinks, you can create a warm atmosphere for your next outdoor patio party.
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Any patio makes a great place for a party, but requires a little advance preparation to make it perfect. A beautifully landscaped yard with freshly mowed grass and carefully tended shrubbery and flowers add a touch of nature and beauty to your patio area. Prepare for the unexpected, such as mosquitoes, by placing citronella candles in various places around the yard. But ultimately, you’ll want to provide your guests with some cc and perhaps some umbrellas to help protect your guests from the sun, or unexpected rain showers.
Because casual patio parties encourage guests to congregate and relax, it’s important to provide adequate seating for those who don’t want to stand all afternoon in the summer heat. Small pods of comfortable chairs allow for intimate groupings and conversations, while cast aluminum patio tables and chairs give guests the opportunity to sit, visit and have a place to set their drinks and food. Tubular metal furniture is built for stability, comes with cushioned chairs, and is available in several different colors that complement any décor or theme.
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Padded chairs provide an additional measure of comfort and work well with these sturdy tables, but if you live in an area that gets a decent amount of summer rainfall, consider purchasing seats with outdoor pillows. These will better handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way, and won’t deteriorate as quickly as traditional pillows or padding would in the elements.
Frosted tempered glass tables with umbrellas can be set up anywhere on the patio to provide you and your guests with some much-needed shade, if there is no cover provided in your yard. Plastic molded chairs that are lightweight are easily moved around from one area of the patio to the next and can be stacked together when not in use. Folding patio tables are another great option for entertaining your guests, as they provide a place for serving food and drinks. Portable waist-high bars have a variety of functions as well, including serving as a wet bar or a dessert bar.
You should also include some sort of method of defining your party space. One way to do this is to use large urns for seasonal flowers or ivy. These should e placed out of the main flow of traffic along the perimeter of your patio to keep the flow going. A fire pit or fire bowls can also add a nice touch that will make your patio stand out above the rest.
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Food and drinks are essential to any good party, so you’ll want to Winston Furniture – www.winstonfurniture.com. Offer a variety of simple appetizers such as chips and dips, small sandwiches, or veggie and fruit trays before the main course. Burgers, hot dogs, steaks or chicken are easy to prepare and simple enough for your guests to dress them as they please. In the summer months, it’s especially important to have a variety of drinks available in a convenient location for your guests. If you decide to serve alcohol, make sure you’ve gathered enough non-alcoholic beverages for those guests who choose not to drink, or those with young children.
Having a successful outdoor patio party this summer is as simple as paying attention to some key details that will make next party the talk of the town. Above all, make sure to keep your guests as your first priority. If you keep your family and friends happy, you’ll ultimately be happy – even if you’re running around like mad – because you’ll know you hosted the best summer party on the block. So take some time to plan your next summer patio party and reconnect with your family and friends in a low-stress environment.
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