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5 helpful tips to hosting an effortless outdoor party

5 helpful tips to hosting an effortless outdoor party

Follow these tips for hosting the perfect outdoor party.

Author: Angus Fergusson

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5 helpful tips to hosting an effortless outdoor party

Consider this your go-to source for hosting warm-weather soirees with ease and flair.

It’s summer, and you want to be outside, hanging around with friends, eating garden-fresh fare and sipping refreshing drinks. Let our guide be your go-to for hosting warm-weather get-togethers with simplicity and style.

 

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Outdoor decor: Plastic glasses

Plastic glasses

Marilla goblet in Blush, Anthropologie, $6 US.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty

Outdoor decor: Plastic glasses

Plastic glasses

GlucksteinHome Tritan martini glass, Hudson's Bay, $5. 

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty

Outdoor decor: Plastic glasses

Plastic glasses

Stemless wineglass, Crate and Barrel, $6.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty

Outdoor decor: Plastic glasses

Plastic glasses

Hobnail wineglass, West Elm, $9.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty

Outdoor decor: Plastic glasses

Plastic glasses

Chenco Edge cocktail glass, Wayfair.ca, $44 per set of 4. 

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty

 

5 helpful tips to hosting an effortless outdoor party

 

3 Party prep: If it can be done ahead of time, do it. Do you have enough plates and cutlery? Bags of ice? Do you need to dig out a few platters from the backs of your cupboards? Have you calculated how many drinks you’ll need? Here’s some handy party math: assume each guest will have at least one drink per hour (10 guests over two hours equals 20 drinks); there are approximately five glasses of wine per bottle; a 750 ml bottle of liquor contains enough for 24 mixed drinks.

5 helpful tips to hosting an effortless outdoor party

4 Bottle service: Eliminate the flow of guests moving in and out of the house by keeping refreshments near the action. With two sturdy galvanized iron tubs, this stand keeps alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks separate and allows partygoers to help themselves (so the host can sit back and enjoy the festivities). Double beverage tub with stand, Pottery Barn, $159 US.

 

5 helpful tips to hosting an effortless outdoor party

5 Lawn games: So adult guests can kick back with a mojito, have some distractions for the little ones: plenty of lawn games (and ice pops, of course).

Must-try summer lawn games:

1 Badminton Set, Crate and Barrel, $200.

2 Bocce Set, Lee Valley, $159 

3 Wooden 6-player croquet set, Lee Valley, $239.

4 Sterling Games Lawn Bowling Set, Wayfair.ca, $49.

5 Sunnylife Play on Ping Pong Set with portable net in Pineapple, Indigo, $52.

6 Yard dice, Snake Eyes Yard Games, $50 US per set of 6. 

 

 

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