It's officially summer and are you ready for outdoor entertaining?
Outdoor entertaining and cookouts are a great way of gathering friends and family together. It's probably the easiest and stress free way to entertain. You just need a bit of luck in the weather department to pull off a successful party.
1.Keep the Menu Simple
The best menu ideas for outdoor entertaining should be centered around cooking on your grill or using a smoker. The idea is not to use your ovens at all for your party.
Find recipes perfect for an outdoor party on my Pinterest board.
If you don't have the time, get it catered and ready to be picked up the day of your party.
You can also have your guests bring food too.
Remember this is a STRESS FREE dinner party!
2. Set up your food stations-buffet style
3. Get creative with your cocktail/ refreshment table or bar cart.
4.Make sure you have plenty of seating for your guests.
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You can find more outdoor living inspiration on my Pinterest board here.
5. Keep your Table settings Simple
Outdoor entertaining should be a relaxed and casual way to entertain.
6. Always have a backup if it's Raining
If you plan a month in advance and there's rain in the forecast on the day of your party, do you have covered terraces to entertain in?
If you dont have covered terraces or porches to protect you from the rain, how about converting a shed into an outdoor entertaining spot?
I have hosted many a party in the garage of our home in New Jersey when it looked like rain was in the forecast. But this garage is stunning!
Are you ready to have a fantastic summer?
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Robin LaMonte is the acclaimed interior designer behind her company, Rooms Revamped Interior Design based in Atlanta, Ga.