When you have good weather on your side, there’s no better way to enjoy it than with an outdoor space that’s all your own. This summer, share your outside oasis with loved ones by making your backyard the place to be with the help of a few tips on hosting and cooking outdoors.
Why Host Outdoors?
Hosting outdoors means you get to create your dream outdoor living space and share it with your friends and family. With a little preparation and some handy
Preparing Your Outdoor Living Space for Hosting
While there are so many ways to set up your outdoor living space, we’ve come up with few solid and simple steps to help get your backyard ready for guests.
No need to move into the house when the sun goes down! Keep the party going outside by ensuring you have proper lights throughout the yard. Whether it’s string lights adding mood lighting for all your romantic dinner soirees, outdoor wall fixtures for a more even light throughout the night, or even motion activated floodlights, make sure your backyard has enough lighting for everyone to see their surroundings.
Seating and Dining
You aren’t required to have an outdoor dining table or the nicest seats around, but having SOMETHING is crucial for throwing parties and just hosting guests in general. Make sure to find the right outdoor furniture to fit your style and hold the size of your regular dinner party.
Having an outdoor kitchen in your backyard creates a convenient and fun experience. Fill yours with appliances that you’ll use over and over again throughout the year. From a nice
outdoor fridgeto keep your beverages cool to a sophisticated grillthat has the power to cook everything just the way you need – don't settle for less when you can have everything you want nestled in your yard.
Plants, Decor & Accessories
The ambiance is almost as important as the food, so spruce your backyard up with natural details and unique decor that match your style. A few potted ferns or hanging vines can visually go a long way and set a subtle backdrop for your events.
Something to think about ...
Due to COVID-19, it’s important to keep people comfortable but at least 6 feet apart. Keep people separated by adjusting the seating so that everyone may continue to stay safe and still enjoy their time.
How to Host an Outdoor Movie Night
Hosting an outdoor movie night on a warm summer’s night is one of the most fun and easiest ways to throw a backyard shindig. All that’s required is a
What could make your movie night even better is with a
How to Host Dinner Outdoors
If you’re looking to host an outdoor party during dinnertime, make sure you have enough tables and chairs for all your guests to comfortably eat. It’s never fun trying to hold your plate while you grip a juicy hamburger or struggle to remove the bites from your shish kebab. Invest in large outdoor dining tables – or a lot of smaller side tables – and always make sure to have plenty of seating.
And of course, the most important part of any dinner party is the food, so plan ahead and prepare a grill menu for your guests. An appetizer, main course, and dessert is the perfect amount of food to satisfy those grumbling tummies so that no one gets too hangry at the party. And don’t worry about it being too fancy, just make sure it’s good! Check below for some tasty recipes to cook outdoors for your next outdoor party you host.
What You Should Be Grilling On
Hanging in the backyard is always better with a grill cooking up something delicious. Spice up your summer happenings with a grill that speaks to you.
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated design than that of the typical grill, a
The DCS Series 7 conveniently comes with a dual-sided grate that gently cooks delicate bites on one side while the other side sears beautiful W lines into your food. Another innovative feature of the 7 is the temperature gauge which is designed for monitoring your pizza, or when using indirect heat from adjacent burners, for preparing roast meals. And speaking of roasting meals, the DCS Series 7 has an infrared rotisserie burner which makes for a fun and unconventional way to cook Thanksgiving dinner!
Recipes for Cooking Outdoors
If you’re new to cooking outdoors, or just are interested in trying something new, we’ve gathered a couple recipes for you to try:
Grilled Fava BeansPair this with a glass of your favorite white wine to help enhance the spicy flavors!
Grilled Shakshuka PizzaWhile you can make this item on the grill, it would taste even better in an outdoor pizza oven.
Honey Porter Glazed Chicken SkewersGive your taste buds a combination of both sweet and savory with this dish. Throw it over some jasmine rice to really make the meal come together.
Grilled Pears with Cinnamon DrizzleYou can grill dessert? YES! We hope this recipe inspires you to try grilling more fruit to see what you like most.
Outdoor hosting and cooking can be really fun, especially when done right. Give us a call if you’re interested in fixing up your yard and adding some appliances to spruce up your outdoor living space. Our