The sun is out in Central Florida and there are so many ways to celebrate the new season. One of our favorites includes the great outdoors and plenty of delicious food to enjoy. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to throw an al fresco dinner party, the summer season’s arrival is more than a worthy occasion.
If you’re worried about getting your backyard prepared for the ideal summertime get together, you can breathe a sigh of relief. We’ve compiled the most important steps and creative ideas you can use to get started. Take a look!
Prep the Yard
The first thing that guests will notice upon their arrival is your lawn. If the winter months wreaked havoc on your gorgeous green carpet, this is the time to get it back to its vibrant state. Run your sprinklers over night to ensure proper lawn hydration. It’s also a great time of year to go ahead and fertilize your soon to be luscious grass. The week before your dinner party is the ideal time to fertilize and mow so that it is looking its absolute best once your guests arrive.
If your backyard is lacking personality, opt for a quick fix by adding some color and variety. Planting bright flowers in various containers is a great way to quickly refresh the look of your outdoor space.
Craft the Perfect Menu
Outdoor menus can easily range from casual to formal, but whatever your taste an evening of fun with your closest friends should be at the center. Add in some delicious cocktails and lovingly prepared food and you will have yourself the perfect dinner party.
Start with summer-inspired cocktails like mojitos or fresh margaritas. You can have fun with the serving style by using unique glasses or jars and plenty of colorful garnishes. Then introduce a light menu full of fresh ingredients. The traditional barbecue meal of hamburgers and hot dogs can leave your guests feeling sluggish and guilty. Instead, keep the good feelings going all night long by shopping for ingredients at your local New Smyrna or Ormond Beach farmer’s markets. This way you can craft a deliciously local farm-to-table menu that impress your guests to no end.
We love the idea of serving up dishes family style! Large plates of freshly chopped salad, grilled veggie kabobs, and yummy pasta salad are great side dishes. For the main course, opt for something light and grill-friendly like fresh salmon or chicken breast. For dessert, opt for something season-inspired like peach cobbler or mango sorbet.
Keep Bugs Away
While you may have an open door policy when it comes to your backyard get togethers, there’s one unwelcome guest that may take some effort to fend off. Pesky bugs can ruin a relaxing night and tempt you to take the party inside. Instead of letting the mosquitos crash your party, try some of these simple solutions.
Start by spraying your yard with lawn bug repellent prior to your get together so that insects are already at bay. Once the day of the party comes around, arrange citronella candles throughout your backyard space. Mosquitos hate citronella, plus the candle light will add a special effect to your party’s décor. To insure there are no bug-in-drink disasters, offer guests cupcake liners to place over their cocktail glasses. You can even cut holes in the middle and use a straw for easy drinking. You’ll also want to conceal your food in this way to avoid pesky insects on your plate.
Design Your Party Space
Lastly, decorating your party space is one way to ensure your night is unforgettable. String lights above the dinner table and around surrounding trees. Provide comfortable seating for your guests so that they’ll want to stay long into the night. Floral arrangements on the table are another great decorative addition. You can really get creative with this part by designing your own place settings and centerpieces with natural elements from your own backyard. Your guests will be delighted to see the time and effort you put in to celebrating summer in your own backyard.
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