10 essentials for nighttime entertaining outdoors
Once the sun goes down and there’s less light, bumps and spills are more likely to happen. Make sure no glass gets shattered with these sturdy and shabby chic hammered acrylic glasses. West Elm, $15 - $19.32.
The combination of the setting sun and an afternoon of drinking pink sangria can lead to a few mix-ups come dusk. Make sure each guest knows whose glass is whose with individual drink markers like these clever moustache ones. Etsy, $14 (set a of 12).
Outdoor lighting doesn’t have to mean lanterns hung from a string. For a more sophisticated look, try these Moroccan pendants. Crafted of bronzed metal, the pendant will add the exotic air of Marrakesh to even the simplest patio party decor. Pottery Barn, $200.82.
Wine glass stakes
Switch things up and invite guests over for a late night picnic, moving the summer food and beverages from the patio to the grass. These wine glass stakes are great for ensuring drinks don’t spill. Crate and Barrel, $10 (per set of 2).
After a day in the sun, guests will enjoy nothing more than some after dark nibblies. Keep pesky night insects and falling foliage away from your sizzling summer recipes with these foldable food tents. Crate and Barrel, $6.
Though the summer days can be scorching, the nights can still get cool. Make sure you have some beautiful blankets on hand for your guests so you can keep the outdoor party going outside without catching a chill. West Elm, $86.
Make the trip from the kitchen to your outdoor entertaining area easier with these pretty melamine salad plates. Not only are they lightweight, but they’ll also hold up to any accidents that happen once it gets dark. Indigo Books & Music, $5.
No outdoor lighting is more beautiful than that of candlelight. Create a lovely nighttime mood with these Mason jar candle holders, which you can incorporate into a centrepiece or hang overhead. Pottery Barn, $10.
If your budget can afford it and your modern rustic backyard has space for it, splurge on an outdoor fireplace. Guests will love being able to retreat to a cozy fire without having to go camping. Kastle Fireplace, contact for pricing.
The setting of the sun means it’s prime time for mosquitoes to come out and pester you and your guests. Hang a couple of these citronella bucket candles around your outdoor room or patio to do double duty as outdoor lighting and bug repellent. Crate and Barrel, $10.