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Planning an Unforgettable Outdoor Dinner Party

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Summer is the perfect time to gather with friends and family in the open air, and hosting an outdoor dinner party is a great way to catch up while enjoying the season. Planning a summer soirée might seem daunting. With a few simple touches and thoughtful food items and activities, your alfresco dinner party can come together with ease – and be a hit with your guests.

Setting Party Vibes

Subtle, strategically placed seating, lanterns, tiki torches or string lights can create a low-key festive arena. Encourage natural progression by creating pathways with your lights. You could flow from an area with cushions or blankets in cozy picnic-style seating to a large table with snacks and drinks. Then, continue the movement to a purposely open space with classic lawn games or activities. With these simple arrangements, you can transform regular yard space into an outdoor party ambiance with little to no fuss.

Simple, Savory Outdoor Food

Now the ambiance has the party vibes flowing, the food can bring in the seasonal flavor and tantalize more than taste. When thinking of outdoor treats, keep to the classic and simple ones that instantly bring the smells of summer. Bruschetta for an appetizer and quintessential grilled, marinated meats, vegetables and seafood for the main course are easy to make and delicious. For dessert, consider berries with whipped cream or a berry parfait for a light, fluffy, effortless option. You could even add a firepit and make s’mores as the evening rolls in.

Outdoor Party Entertainment for All

Complete your party with traditional entertainment that requires minimum setup. Lawn games like bowling, cornhole or badminton are easy to incorporate. For a more relaxed activity, you could set up a small outdoor movie screen. Consider showing a well-known film and encourage commentary with questions, quotes or fun facts along the way.

With a bit of creativity and simple arrangements, your outdoor dinner party can come together with ease and be remembered by friends and family as a remarkable summer get-together.

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