There is nothing that I love more than spending time outdoors in the summertime. Despite the temperamental nature of the weather, I'll make any excuse to lay out and catch a few rays. If there is one other thing the South is known for, it's their hospitality. We love to entertain, and those two things combined means that backyard parties put a check in all of the right boxes.
If you want to create the perfect setting for entertaining in your backyard, there are a few considerations you need to make. The role of the host or hostess is not one that should be taken lightly. You need to prepare for any eventuality. The success or failure of your get-together falls at your feet. You can lighten this burden of responsibility by making sure you take the following tips into account.
Prepare for the Weather:
That doesn't mean sitting around your TV, or staring at your smartphone, waiting for weather updates. I mean, what's the point? More often than not, their predictions are inaccurate anyway! No-- instead, you should prepare your backyard for rain or shine. You should have an area dedicated to offering plenty of shade if the sun gets too bright. You can easily achieve this with things like gazebos and parasols. Likewise, you need to account for a heavy downpour at a moment's notice.
Look for Pop-Up Furniture:
Backyard furniture is hard to pick and choose. There are things that we won't need to have all throughout the year, but only when the situation permits. There are also concerns about the damage the weather could do to them in adverse conditions. The best way to achieve this is by choosing pop-up furniture. Things like reclining deck chairs, detachable tables, and the like. You'll also get the massive bonus of them being total space savers, too, so your backyard doesn't remain cluttered after the party is long over.
Get Your Cook On:
When the sun decides to shine, one thing we love to do is cook outside. The only real way you can achieve this is by investing in a good grill. For the love of all that is holy, do not opt for the cheap disposable options. They just aren't reliable enough. Instead, get your money together and buy the best piece of gear that you can afford. You won't regret it, and your guests will thank you for it!
Leave a Light On:
It's worth keeping in mind that the sun will always set. You don't need to let that determine when the party stops, though! After it's gone down, wrap up warm and look for alternative sources of light. You can pick up really pretty LED garden lighting for a relatively cheap price. It might also be worth mapping out an area for an open fire. This is a great way to keep warm, and who doesn't love a good 'ol roasted marshmallows?
Taking all of the above into account, you can be sure that your backyard party is a success, no matter what the weather has in store for you.