Summer is the perfect time to invite friends over for a barbecue. However, home design hosting an outdoor event can be tricky—especially if you don’t have much experience in this area. To make your next summer gathering more enjoyable and memorable, follow these tips for creating the perfect setting:
Set the table.
Setting the table is one of the most important aspects of your party. It’s what sets the tone and mood for what’s to come.
Here’s what you need:
- A tablecloth or runner (that goes all across the table)
- Napkins in coordinating colors with your decorating scheme (if you’re going for something more formal)
- Plates, bowls, cups, utensils for each guest (the number depends on how many people are coming over)
Lighten up the mood.
You can also lighten the mood by adding some color to your table setting. Use colorful plates and silverware, glasses, napkins and candles. Flowers are great too!
Add some greenery.
Add some greenery.
If you’re looking to create an inviting space for your guests, adding some greenery is a great way to do that. You can use pots and planters, or even just place plants directly into the ground around your yard if it’s warm enough outside. The key is making sure that whatever plants you choose are easy enough for you to maintain on your own (without having to pay someone else), as well as native to the area where they will be living so they don’t require extra watering or other care beyond what they would naturally receive from their environment
Keep it cool.
- Keep it cool.
As we all know, summer can get hot–and when you’re hosting a barbecue, that heat is amplified by the number of guests you have around to enjoy it with you. To avoid overheating and making everyone uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do:
- Use a fan. If there’s one thing I know about summertime parties in Brooklyn (where I live), it’s that fans are essential when trying to keep cool during those sultry days when temperatures rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). If you don’t have an outdoor fan already at home or available for purchase at your local hardware store, consider investing in one! They’re cheap enough nowadays–and worth every penny if they help keep everyone happy throughout their mealtime experience.* Put ice in the center of your table so guests can grab some if they need it.* Place a parasol over where people eat so they stay shaded from direct sunlight while enjoying their meals.* Wet down towels or washcloths with cold water before putting them into plastic bags; place these bags into freezers until they become solid chunks of ice; then take them out after 10 minutes or so and use them as makeshift “cooling towels” during mealtime! You’ll thank me later!
Create a focal point.
A focal point is an important element in any space that can help to draw the eye, create balance and make a room feel more cohesive. A focal point can be a big piece of furniture or sculpture, such as a sofa or coffee table. It can also be a wall that you’ve created by painting it in one color and adding art work above it. If you want to add more interest to your outdoor space, but don’t have the budget for expensive furniture pieces then look into creating smaller vignettes around the yard with interesting elements such as flowers or candles in glass containers (these will add warmth). Another option would be placing items on shelves above windowsills so they’re visible from inside without blocking out natural light from entering through those windows!
You can make your outdoor space the perfect place to entertain
- Add some greenery.
- Keep it cool.
- Create a focal point.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make your outdoor space the perfect place to entertain, look no further than these tips. We’ve covered everything from setting the table and lighting up the mood with greenery, to adding some cool elements like ice cubes or bubbles for added effect. The best part about all of these ideas is that they can be easily incorporated into any outdoor environment – whether it’s an urban balcony or rural backyard!