In the summertime, one of the things that we like most is being able to spend time outside with friends and family. Entertaining can become a staple of your summertime activities and it can lead to a ton of fun and memories that will last you a lifetime.
But there are certain things that you should be doing to amplify the fun and try to mitigate things like the heat, which can take the fun out of a summertime soirée. Try a few of these suggestions and you will enjoy some of the best outdoor outings that you have ever had.
Focus on Comfort
Most outdoor furniture is made from materials like plastic, metal, or wicker and can be incredibly uncomfortable if left on its own. That is why it is so important to add some padding to any of your outdoor furniture.
When you add comfortable cushions to your outdoor furniture, it gives your guests all the more incentive to stay where they are and continue with the laughs and the stories. If that furniture is not comfortable, you may notice your guests getting up from the table all the more quickly.
Keep Your Menu Simple
It can certainly be fun and a change of pace to have a meal outdoors. After all, you get the fresh air, the sunshine, friends and family sitting around and enjoying each other’s company, and all the perks of eating outdoors.
But because of the change in setting, it is important to keep your menu as simple as possible. No one wants to slave over a hot stove only to go outside into the sweltering heat. Stick with burgers and hot dogs for your meats, maybe a platter of fresh fruit to keep things like and fresh. The point is to be outside with friends and family, not about the food.
Create a Mobile Drink Cart
One of the essentials needed on a hot summer day is hydration. Having a good, cool, fresh drink in your hand can make the sun seem less oppressive and amplify the overall outdoor experience.
Create a mobile bar of sorts. Stock it with glasses, ice, a cocktail shaker, and any of the essentials that you may need to keep everyone as hydrated as possible and enjoying their drinks. This way, you can simply roll it into the kitchen to keep it well-stocked without having to do much work.