Top tips for outdoor entertaining this spring
Posted 17 March 2016
Winter is thankfully drawing to a close and the cold, dark months will soon become a distant memory. With the first hints of sunshine hitting our homes, now is a great time to start thinking about how you plan to host your inaugural outdoor event.
Here are five tips to help make your first gathering an event everyone remembers.
Plan. Plan. Plan
Taking the time to thoroughly plan your party is crucial not only to ensuring that nothing is forgotten, but also so that you can relax on the day itself. If you are inviting more than a dozen people then perhaps consider getting in someone to organise and handle the admin side of things so that the fun isn’t lost before you have even started.
Make sure you have a clear idea of what your guests like to eat and drink before you start the shopping. And if there are any allergies to be aware of, cater for them carefully – after all, there’s nothing like an allergic reaction to out a dampener on an event.
Making the most of your space
Spring is a great time to host an event but it is likely that you will need to have indoor and outdoor options available to you. In a Trivselhus by Esh home, this is not a problem, of course. The open plan layout lends itself perfectly to hosting indoors, while the outdoor patio and garden spaces give guests the ability to roam your grounds in the sunshine if the weather is kind.
The very best homes for hosting are those that combine the indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing people to move seamlessly between the. The floor to ceiling sliding doors of Trivselhus by Esh homes achieve this perfectly, making the home a lighter, brighter place and transforming the garden into an extra room of the home.
Decorations and table settings
Decorations are key to any event. But it will be down to you whether you are aiming for a relaxed and informal feel or a sit-down meal that warrants pristine white tablecloths and your finest silver cutlery.
One of the things that often gets forgotten is the importance of lighting. You may wish to add the odd candle or dimmed lighter inside the home (assuming there are no young children with curious hands) but pay particular attention to the outside lighting. Be aware that the nights still draw in fast in the springtime, and so if you are hosting people into the evening you may want to add some soft lighting elements such as string lanterns to create a soft glow. Flickering outdoor candles can also add elegance to an outdoor space, but be careful to locate them in a safe place away from foliage or flammable materials.
It is important to ensure that your menu strikes a balance. While you will want to impress your friends by testing your skills and achieving that ‘wow factor’, it is also important not to bite off more than you can chew – which often results in mistakes and added stress.
Whether it is a one-pot wonder you can leave in the slow cooker, a barbecue bonanza or something with a bit more finesse, it is also worth aiming to use fresh, seasonal products. Spring vegetables are perfect at this time of year and you may want to offer up some succulent lamb to those who love meat.
As mentioned above, get a clear picture of what it is your guests like before hosting to ensure you don’t leave anyone sipping water unnecessarily. But in addition to their standard favourites, why not serve up something a little special such as a cocktail or bowl of punch. A glass of Champagne with a slice of strawberry is always a welcome way to start a party, so if you want to get the mood right, buy in a few bottles to set the tone.
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