Simple table settings
It’s more than likely that you’re having a low key, outside dinner party so it’s best to keep the table as simple as possible. Let the food be the main attraction and opt for white plates and simple cutlery. You can also skip the centerpieces because the idea is that you want your guests to talk to each other and pass the food with ease…not be looking past a giant vase to see each other.
Get the lighting right
Whether it’s stringing soft white, Christmas lights or investing in tea lights or small lamps, make sure that the light you choose gives off an ambient vibe. Tiki torches are also a good option to give off a large amount of light and can be used time and time again for other events!
Ice is nice
Make sure that you always have ice on hand in a watertight container. No one likes to eat outside and have to be going inside to top up on ice very 5 minutes. A nice metal bucket is a great thing to keep next to the dinner table.
Music is key
So you’re caught up in the food, the lighting, the setting but you’re still missing something. Music! Run an extension cord outside and play something mellow to match the atmosphere. Don’t turn up the volume too much because you still want people to interact without having to raise their voice. If after the meal you want to have a dance session, then you can crank it up!
Bugs be gone
Outside dinners mean one thing. Bugs. Always keep bug spray or citronella candles on hand because it’ll be no fun if your guests are biting into dinner and mosquitoes are biting them!
Using the kitchen
If you’re strapped for a big table or prefer your food piping hot, then it’s okay to utilize your kitchen. Make it the hub for people to serve themselves and then walk outdoors to sit and eat. Just be sure to keep all condiments and sauces on the table so people don’t have to get up again to dress their salads!