Food Network host and overall gem of a human Ina Garten is the hostess with the mostess. Who doesn’t want to entertain their guests like Ina does? The queen of brunch and dinner parties weighed in on the best ways you can host outdoors and make it a stylish and fabulous affair.
Due to the pandemic, Ina recommends only inviting one other household, but if you do choose to invite more than one household together, you should definitely group seating by household. If you have a long table, that would be idea, so guests can sit with their household members and distanced from the other guests.
If you have a great outdoors setup, this is the ideal time to use it. Ina told Food & Wine magazine. “I set up outdoor heaters or build a nice fire, plus cushions and blankets for each person so we’re nice and warm under the stars.” This shows that outdoor entertaining is not restricted just to the summertime! You can host people during the chillier months, and you can even serve hot chocolate and other fun, warm snacks.
In order to make the most of your outdoor gathering during the colder months, here are some items you can stock up on in order to make everyone feel cozy and comfortable.
You can buy an electric throw blanket that can help those who really suffer from getting cold easily. These blankets warm up to 122 degrees Faranheit! Best of all, they’re made of fuzzy material that is great to snuggle up in comfortably.
You can also invest in a steel patio heater. You’ve definitely seen these around restaurants and bars with outdoor spaces that stay open during the fall or winter. This investment will allow you to enjoy your patio all year round. It’s also really useful when the sun goes down and you want to keep sitting outside.
Another great addition you can make is getting solar outdoor lanterns. These are great for creating a warm and inviting ambiance without having to worry about lighting candles. These can be hung up or staked into the great. Since they’re solar powered, you don’t have to worry about taking them inside once you’re done sitting outside.
Last but not least, consider getting an outdoor fire pit. These are great for keeping warm but also making fun treats like roasted marshmallows — perfect for delicious s’mores!
There’s no reason to let a pandemic or cold temperatures keep you from safely and warmly spending time outdoors and entertaining your guests. All you have to do is make sure you’re prepared, and you’re bound to have a great time.