Any food seems to taste more delicious when you’re eating outside, but maybe you’re tired of run of the mill barbecues and picnics. After all, it’s easy to make outdoor parties more elegant without a lot of fuss and expense. Here are some of our secrets for making outdoor entertaining feel more festive.
Turn up the lights: Lighting can be one of the most inconspicuous but powerful elements in transforming any space. Use candles, paper or kerosene lanterns, and string lights to achieve the effect you want. Whether it’s a table centerpiece or tiny lights beaming out from the trees, you’ll add more warmth and beauty to your party.
Play music: Whether it’s opera or rock and roll, music helps to set the mood too. Select songs that will lift your spirits or make your guests want to dance the night away.
Serve small bites: Dining seems more refined when you avoid supersized portions. Plus, your guests can sample more dishes, and still stick to their diets.
Set your table: Use real china, cutlery, and glasses instead of paper and plastic products. It’s better for the environment, and your table settings will look gorgeous. Plus, the same foods taste better when you skip the disposable serving ware.
Dress up: Let your guests know that you’ll be dressing for dinner. You can make it formal or just semi-formal, as in something a little more dressy than what they’d usually wear to the office. It can be a lot of fun to see your friends and family in a new light.
Then again, it’s easy to make any outdoor party more elegant if you choose the right venue. Contact us at Chandler’s Gardens on over 200 secluded acres in McKinney, Texas. The simplest party feels more special surrounded by our towering shade trees and serene lakes.