10 Ways to Prepare Your Backyard for Entertaining

Summer is a great time for entertaining! To make sure you throw the best party on the block here are 10 ways to prepare your backyard for entertaining.

1. Tidy your lawn and backyard area

Make sure that your grass is cut and any debris is picked up. It is best to cut your lawn a day or two before you are entertaining. For a quick boost for your lawn, try Scotts Green MAX with iron, which will green it up your  in as little as 3 days.  Prune off any dead branches or ones that might get in the way of guests from shrubs and trees. Deadhead and weed your garden. If you have a pool, make sure that it is clean and free of debris.

 

2. Create shade

Although many people love the heat, it is a good idea to make sure that there are plenty of places in the shade for your guests as well. Planting trees and investing in a sunshade or umbrella is your best bet.

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3. Gather, organize and clean seating

Gather enough outdoor furniture and chairs to seat your guests, and make sure its clean. To encourage mingling, place chairs in small intimate groups (as shown in the picture below). Also make sure that there are enough tables and ottomans available so that your guest has a place to rest their drink and put their feet up.

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4. Add comfort

Place throw pillows on all seating areas to create comfort for your guests.

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5. Place cut flowers around the entertaining area

Step up your game by adding cut flowers around the entertaining area.

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6. Add lighting

If your party is going to continue into the night, ensure you have patio lighting to set the mood.

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7. Inject colour

Create a bright and welcoming space by injecting colour. You can do this by planting bright flowers in your garden, surrounding them with mulch and adding containers and potted plants  as accents. You can also add colour with entertaining accessories like plates, cups, utensils, napkins etc.

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8. Prepare the Grill

Before your guests arrive, make sure that your grill is clean, you have enough propane and that barbeque utensils and serving trays are easily accessible.

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9. Add a buffet table

To reduce clutter on the dinner table, create a buffet table where guests can serve their own food. Place and arrange everything on colourful serving trays.

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10. Control pests

Add citronella candles to your outdoor entertaining area and have bug spray handy for guests who forgot to bring their own.

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