‘Tis the season to have your party outside! But when you live in a place as beautiful as San Diego, there is no reason not to! Outdoor entertaining offers more space, fresh air, and a variety of options to spice up your holiday party! Here are our top 10 essential tips for taking your holiday entertaining outdoors:
1. BUILD A HOLIDAY THEMED BAR
This is a very simple way to provide a focal point for your outdoor entertaining. An elaborate dining room table is not needed–set up a small table or corner with barware, a cutting board, and a few holiday decorations. Keep it simple and keep it fun!
2. HOLIDAY CRAFT STATION
Set up a DIY table to incorporate festive crafts into your party! These can be for adults or children… but obviously this is a huge plus for the kiddos. Some of our favorites as of late are these Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones or a decorate-your-own holiday cookie station! This is a cost-effective activity and there’s no need to worry about the mess–you will be outside!
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3. BRING THE MUSIC
Whether you have a friend who can rock the acoustic guitar or you bring speakers outside, make sure you set the holiday mood with soothing music for entertaining your guests.
4. LIGHT IT UP
Bring a soft glow to your outdoor entertaining with the use of string lights. Skip the traditional candle and opt-in for a tangle of string lights or LED wire lights. Consider putting lights inside a candle holder or hung over the main entertaining area or bar to bring a magical twinkle to the party!
5. OUTDOOR PLACE SETTINGS
If you are planning on a traditional holiday meal at your party–consider a change in your outdoor place settings when taking it outside. When you have a large number of guests that exceed the space of your dining room, taking your holiday entertaining outside is the perfect solution! Incorporate greens and a woodsy centerpiece into simplistic place settings to pull from the colors nature.
6. COFFEE BAR
Just as the makeshift bar, find a simple piece of furniture such as a side table or nightstand and take it outside for a coffee & hot chocolate bar. This is the perfect set-up to offer your guests multiple locations to hang out in your outdoor living space. Provide coffee, hot chocolate, cups, or even small desserts at the table for before or after dinner snacking. If you decide to forego a traditional dinner, this is a fantastic location to provide several small appetizers to fill your guests up without the hours of preparation on your end!
7. SANTA’S WORKSHOP
Naturally, children will be full of excitement as we get closer to the holiday season. Set up a small corner outside including santa’s bag, a naughty and nice list, or small treats for the kids.
8. BRING THE COMFORT
There is nothing more relaxing than sharing some quality time with friends and family around a fire. Everyone has extra blankets and pillows lying around their house. Set up those extra comfy throws to create a memorable moment by the fire. For an extra special touch, bring out marshmallows, graham crackers, and peppermint chocolate for some holiday s’mores!
9. BOARD GAMES
Board games are no longer just for kids! If you’re looking to keep the night interactive and light-hearted, implement games such like Clue, Monopoly, and Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity into your party for some light-hearted fun.
As the holiday season approaches, so does the stress. Make your holiday entertaining as easy as possible with these tips and don’t forget to enjoy the season with your friends and family!
We hope you enjoy these tips! Wishing you all an incredible holiday season!