Take the party outside! My tips for simple outdoor entertaining.

Literally the moment Spring has sprung, I just itch to sit outside and read a book, to eat outside, really to do anything outside. I love the changing of the seasons and welcome all the freshness that Spring brings, like forsythia.

backyard entertaining with Heather in Heels

As avid entertainers, one of my favourite spots to entertain is in the yard during the warmer months. A good meal, great friends, maybe a bonfire, and a healthy dose of bug spray are what Canadian summers are all about.

burgers on the barbecue by hostest heatherinheels

After re-building the back porch last summer (check out the awesome time lapse video), I’m even more keen to get outside and enjoy the back yard, porch, and gardens. But first, they all need to be ready.

I’ve already brought out the outdoor table and chairs, the planters are all in their place waiting for plants, and the yard has had a good rake. I’ll definitely be waiting a few weeks before flowers and herbs go into the planters, but just seeing them out there ready is already a great start.

delicious burger salad and beverage with bright stripped table cloth outside heatherinheels

I always make sure to have plenty of citronella candles hanging in the gardens surrounding the patio area where we usually eat, this really helps with bugs but it also adds a nice warm light to cool spring and summer evenings.

outdoor entertaining made easy with heatherinheels

After almost a decade of country living and regular outdoor hosting, I’ve pulled together my essential tips for taking the party outside (easily!):

1. Take the inside out. If you’re taking the party outside, why not bring inside furniture out? I regularly bring our dining room chairs out to add extra seating during parties, and it works brilliantly.

2. Have an outdoor drinks station. Take the bar outside and keep the cooler outside too – this keeps guests from having to go in and out in search for a refreshment.

3. Bug off. Have plenty of bug spray, citronella candles, and remind guests to bring a longer sleeved item for the cooler nights. Where we are north of Toronto it is regularly 4 or 5 degrees cooler, so I always remind guests of this and encourage some extra layers just in case.

4. Make food simple. Backyard entertaining should be easy. A simple burger bar or taco bar is always a hit, easy to pull together in advance, and makes great leftovers.

5. Set the mood. In our house bright coloured table cloths, fresh flowers, lots of candles, and fresh food set the mood for the perfect casual summer evening.

What are some of the ways you enjoy spending time outside in the warmer months?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wayfair. As a Wayfair Homemaker I received Wayfair gift cards in exchange for sharing my thoughts and photos. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Heather in Heels.

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