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6 Key Ways to keep your Guest Comfortable this Summer

By June 30, 2016February 13th, 2018One Comment
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Entertaining in the summer is fun. Summertime is for relaxing, being lazy, and enjoying the longer days. This is the time we enjoy having fun with friends and family. To keep the relaxed atmosphere a little pre-planning will keep the entertaining easy and comfortable for everyone, including you!

Beverages – Keep It Cool

Set up a cart, table or area where guests can help themselves

Provide plenty of disposable cups and napkins

Set up soda, water, juices, any alcoholic beverages if serving, with lots of ice

If children will be present consider two separate beverage areas one for adults, one for children with no alcoholic beveragesoutdoor drink station


Food- Simple or Elaborate

Try and make as many foods ahead of time

Keep in mind the heat during the day when serving items that are perishable; keep them cool on ice or in a cooler if needed

Entertaining outdoors can be more casual where guest enjoys being part of the cooking and perpetration as well as serving themselves. Let your guest get involved!

Set an area where disposal tableware is convenient to grab for guest. Include plates, napkins, and utensils along with any condiments

Provide garbage barrels out of site but easy for guests to clean up on their own


Seating- Provide Plenty

Either lounge chairs, folding chairs, benches, or stools

Group chairs and tables for easy conversation

Small tables, big long picnic table, or patio tables are all great for gathering around and enjoying a bite of food


Clean up- Keep it Simple for Yourself

Have lots of garbage barrels available for easy disposal.

Label recycle bin and keep close to the beverages.

Use disposable items so clean up is easy.


Pool – Safety First

Ask adults to take turns supervising younger children around the pool.

Provide folding chairs if there is not enough seating around the pool area.

Ask guests to bring towels when you invite them over, but in case they forget, provide towels and have a large basket at hand so the towels can be dropped in one area- this will be easier than collecting around the yard the next day.

Provide a small metal bucket filled with sunscreen in case any of your guests forgot to bring their own.


Bugs – Keep Away

Citronella candles burning will help keep bugs away from entertaining areas.

If you have severe problems with bugs, consider fogging your yard about an hour before guest come.

Planting lemongrass in pots or throughout landscape can also help.

Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray areas where you might have ants to keep them away.

Keep lots of bug spray on hand.

Burning fires tend to help keep the bugs away also and are great for ambiance



These simple but easy to follow suggestions can make you and your guests comfortable when they come to relax at your house. Enjoy the lazy days!

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Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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