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5 Tips On Hosting A Summer Outdoor Party

June 01, 2015

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Outdoor Dining Champange

Summer is officially upon us, and it couldn’t be a better time for outdoor entertaining. Grab your friends for some yummy finger food, bubbles, pineapples, and floral decor. Here are some tips for making your outdoor party easy, stylish, and fun for everyone – you, hostness with the mostness, included!


Al Fresco Dining

1. Prep Ahead

Hosting your first outdoor party can be intimating and stressful. Set the table a day in advance so you can focus on the food and drinks the day of. Thanks to my friends at West Elm Austin for helping me create this beautiful nautical themed tablescape. I’m obsessed with these harbor buoys painted vases, coral, and iron vases!

Windy day? Skip the tablecloth and let your table shine with decor, drinks, and food. You can also lay brown craft paper across a table for a casually finished look―and super-easy cleanup.


Tropical Entertaining

2. Focus On Finger Food

No one wants to spend the whole night in the kitchen. Serve light snacks like a simple cheese board, croissants, tiny savory bites, and miniature desserts to keep your event casual and relaxing.


Outdoor Dining Pineapples

2. Create Fuss-Free Centerpieces

Pineapples are so having a moment right now. Not only are they super sweet during the summer but add a easy tropical vibe to any table! Keep the table simple with freshly cut flowers like peonies (5 for $13 at Whole Foods right now!).


Gloria Ferrer Wines

3. Don’t Forget The Bubbles

Convivial, social, elegant, fun — the sparkling wines of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards are a perfect match for any occasion and are arguably the most social beverage. Exuberant and fruit-forward, Gloria Ferrer wines are a perfect fit for summer outdoor parties!

Win prizes in Gloria Ferrer’s Spring Photo Contest: http://clvr.li/1CBfwFv


Gloria Ferrer Wine

4. Keep Drinks Cold

Ice buckets are a stylish way to keep your bottles chilled. Dress up bubbles with frozen fruit (also keeps it cold) and delightful striped paper straws.


Pouring Champange

5. Avoid The Midday Heat

Plan your party for an early brunch or late afternoon dinner to avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.