Elle Feldman Gives Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
From a small soiree to a full-on fiesta, your backyard is the perfect place to entertain. Seasoned host Elle Feldman shares secrets to pulling off the perfect outdoor party.
By Haley Phillips
After setting the date, plan out the theme and menu. Make tasks easier by scheduling times to clean, shop and prep prior to the big day. The night before, set out all serving platters, boards, baskets, utensils, glasses dishes and napkins. Check out Feldman's Summer in Sancerre Party for inspiration.
Keep It Fresh
Feldman suggests prepping fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses into artfully arranged platters the night before so they’ll be ready when guests arrive. For the freshest options, always choose the most seasonal produce and foods.
Have a Plan B
Consider the potential of bad weather and heat by offering a place to gather indoors. Ensure your guests stay comfortable by having shady spots available, whether it be under a tree, a covered porch or a portable tent.
No Bug Zone
Nothing’s worse than constantly swatting away pesky bugs. Prevent unwelcome party guests by using bug zappers and lighting citronella candles throughout the space, and keep bug repellent on hand during the event.
Peaceful Outdoor Spaces for Entertaining
Check out these local backyards for inspiration for your own gardens and outdoor entertaining areas.
Explore Related Articles
Decorating Your Outdoor Space for Entertaining
When not in the classroom, Tina Keith cultivates her passion for design through her blog, Delighted with the Details. Follow her tricks of...mar 2020 | Entertaining, Local Home, Outdoor Spaces
Entertain in Your Dream Outdoor Retreat
Gather the friends and invite the family because this year you’re finally going to complete your dream backyard living space. Here to help...mar 2019 | Decor, Design, Entertaining, Features
Get Inspired by Elle and Jon Feldman’s Summer in Sancerre Party
Before heading out for several weeks to study French in Sancerre, France, Elle Feldman bid her friends and family adieu with a themed...jun 2019 | Decor, Entertaining, Food, Local Home