Do you have the summer entertaining itch? It’s that feeling you get when the temperature rises, and you just want to kick up your heels and celebrate. A patio party is one of the best ways to commemorate another gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer, and a great opportunity to share your beautiful home with family and friends.
Here are some tips to elevate your outdoor soirée to the next level:
Blend the Line Between Indoors and Out
Imagine taking the comfort of your living room outside. Add some throw pillows from inside to your patio furniture. If your house has doors that open onto a patio, like EVOKE homes, leave these doors ajar to create a natural flow. And when it comes time to eat, ditch the paper plates and bring out some fancy china and silverware.
The Perfect Party Playlist
Good music sets the vibe of the party. Come up with your own playlist based on your guests’ musical tastes, or use the soundtrack from a favorite movie. And don’t skimp on the sound system—if you’re planning on a large guest list, a portable stereo may not cut it.
The Outdoor Essentials
Having outdoor essentials can make or break a party experience. Consider setting up an area where guests can use provided sunscreen, insect repellant and hand sanitizer. Also, make sure there’s sufficient lighting for when the sun goes down. String lights and paper lanterns can achieve this beautifully, providing ambient lighting and intimacy.
Choose the Right Furniture
High-quality options for outdoor furniture are usually made from wood or metal, and are available in a variety of styles to help you achieve the perfect look. The best wood choices are teak, eucalyptus and cedar. For metal pieces, look for wrought iron and aluminum. This article from Good Housekeeping goes into further detail, including how to care for each style.
A simmering summer day can become a brisk summer night quickly, so be prepared for both extremes. Umbrellas and awnings serve as protection from the blaring sun, while an outdoor fireplace or heating element provides a nice ambience when things are winding down.
These guidelines can be applied to any outdoor gathering you’re planning. And while they may seem simple, they really can help ensure that your next party is fun, comfortable and memorable.