Like, more than a red-checkered disposable tablecloth and a package of turkey dogs.
Cleaning up your outdoor living space; ensuring it's safe; providing patio furniture, a grill, menu, decorations, outdoor lighting, games, music and activities are all potential ingredients for a good time.
Consider this your Party Central for outdoor entertaining.
Cooking outside always seems easier and everything seems a bit tastier. Children are perfectly happy with a hot dog cooked over coals and plenty of ketchup, but sometimes it's fun to plan things ahead and make a meal that's extra special.
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Something cool. In a tall, clear glass with crushed ice. Or beer -- cold beer. Everyone has a favorite drink they crave on a hot day. Make sure you know what your guests like to drink -- it's an extra touch that shows you care.
Outdoor Patio Furniture
Unless you're planning a retro hippie theme and guests will sit on the deck in lotus positions on hemp rugs -- you're going to need outdoor patio furniture. What's that? You don't have a budget for indoor furniture, much less outdoor furniture? Not to worry: we've scouted around and found garden furniture and resources that will leave you with a few bucks to buy a new pair of flipflops. How about:
Outdoor Decorations and Ideas
Themes & Occasions
Outdoor Party Games
While eating and talking outside are usually festive enough, some occasions call for even more fun; more entertainment. Besides the pool and pool games, what else can you do to keep your guests outside, engaged and entertained?