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Outdoor entertaining can happen in any season. Here are some ideas to reclaim and redefine outdoor gatherings at any time of year.

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Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, any time is a good time to entertain your guests outdoors. However, before you send out the backyard party invites, make your outdoor space as comfortable as possible for your guests. With seasonal shifts in mind, here are five ways to ensure your outdoor event is guest-friendly and weather-ready.

1. Outdoor winter warming

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean you can’t have an outdoor party. Unless there’s a blizzard, it doesn’t take much to keep your guests warm during an outdoor winter bash. It all starts with a fire pit and some strategically placed seating.

Buy a fire pit large enough to handle a bonfire-style fire, which is at least three feet in diameter. In addition, have plenty of dry firewood to keep the party going. To keep your guests toasty, arrange seats and tables within a ten-foot radius of the flame.

2. Spring entertaining

Springtime is one of the best times to throw an outdoor party. The flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, but there’s still a cool breeze in the air. With that said, spring also means rainy season for many parts of the country.

If you want to avoid soaking your guests at your outdoor celebration, make sure you’re prepared for a rain shower. This means setting up table umbrellas if it’s a sit down event or renting a large open-air tent to cover the festivities.

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3. A not-so sizzling summer party

Sure, you want to throw the hottest backyard summer party on the block, but you don’t necessarily want your guests feeling the heat. That’s why you need to put fans on your party essentials list.

From portable box fans to fans with cool water misting features, a little breeze goes a long way. Likewise, keep your guests bite-free by setting up mosquito repellents like citronella candles at every table.

4. Fall into a great outdoor party

Fall is another one of those ideal outdoor party seasons, but it’s also known as a transitional season. Depending on your climate, you could plan for a warm weather party and end up having chilly guests due to a cold front passing through.

The best plan of action for either an early or mid-fall outdoor party is to ask your guests to dress in layers. For late fall parties, you can definitely plan for the fire pit and bundled up guests.

Entertain the idea of a plan B

No matter how you cut the party cake, weather is unpredictable. You could plan for a warm outdoor party only to get cool, rainy weather the night of the celebration. When it comes to party planning, the best plan is having a secondary course of action.

That’s right, a plan B can get you out of just about any party pitfall. This means having extra heating or cooling sources on hand when throwing a backyard party in the winter or summer. Better yet, having a backup location, like a porch or garage, will ensure the party keeps going regardless of the weather.

Keep the tips above in mind when planning your next outdoor shindig.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.