The air is crisp and cooler, and friends near and far are eager for an excuse to spend time together, enjoying the lovely fall weather. If you find yourself playing host or hostess this season, there are a few simple tricks you can use to make your outdoor bash a solid check in the autumnal win column.
Keep Your Guests Comfortable
Like it chilly? Your guests may not share your enthusiasm for cooler temperatures, so make sure you keep your outdoor event area cozy with cuddle-worthy accessories like colorful blankets and rented heaters. Your guests will be able to linger and enjoy the party without shivering, which ultimately means more fun and lots of great memories that don’t involve digging in the closet for a “loaner” coat.
Tempt Palates without Hassles
Even during planned meals, you’re likely to have stragglers and nibblers among your guests, so don’t put your focus on foods that need to stay very hot to remain palatable. If it can simmer in a chafing dish or crock pot without losing appeal, it’s a great choice for your outdoor get-together. Better yet, stock the table with crudite trays or antipasto-style dishes that encourage grazing as the party stretches later into the day.
Plan Activities that Play Nice with Nature
As your guests mingle outside, make sure they have plenty to do! Traditional outdoor games like horseshoes are an entertaining way to pass the time, but don’t neglect the appeal of board games such as checkers. Avoid games with lots of little pieces or cards – if the wind gets mischievous, you won’t want to chase pieces of paper as they fly across your yard. Consider placing “conversation starter” style topics in picture frames at each table to foster lively discussion – be sure to avoid religious or political topics for etiquette’s sake.
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