End Summer with a Bang: Last-Minute Outdoor Soirée Tips

 

Long warm nights may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason not to savour every last one of them. Up your backyard dinner party style with these useful tips.

 
Long warm nights may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason not to savour every last one of them. Up your backyard dinner party style with these useful tips.

Serve your food in more food. One of the best salads I’ve ever eaten was a melon, feta, mint and quinoa salad in the south of France. It was served in a carved-out half-melon. Try presenting your foods in innovative ways: sorbet in a broken coconut, salad in small bell peppers, pineapple cocktails—the possibilities are endless!

No need to spend a ton on decorations. Instead of buying expensive table centrepieces at the florist, head outdoors with a pair of scissors and make a perfectly simple backyard bouquet with seasonal blooms.

You know those family BBQs where everyone waits in a long line to fill their plates, buffet style? Avoid the line-ups by spreading your food around the backyard: create separate areas for salads, BBQ and desserts. You can even set up a make-your-own-drink station.

Eatable drinks: cocktail (or mocktail) popsicles are the trend of the season! Pour your favourite lemonade or refreshing iced tea in a popsicle tray, throw in a few fresh pieces of fruit and freeze for a few hours. Your guests will feel instantly refreshed.

Not enough seating? No problem. Throw some beach towels, blankets and floor pillows on the lawn and have a bohemian-style party. Add a few lanterns for mood lighting.

If you’re tired of the same old backyard BBQs, host an outdoor cinema night! Arrange guest seating as above (foldable beach chairs are another easy seating solution), hang a white sheet on a tree branch, buy (or rent) a projector and show your favourite cinematic classics. Besides, popcorn is pretty much the easiest food to make!

Party favours are a thing of the past, but every guest who doesn’t show up empty handed will appreciate not leaving empty handed. Prepare a small sweet treat for your guests to take home at the end of the night.
 
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