How to Host Friends Outdoors in a Heatwave

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Let’s be honest, we all let out a collective sigh of relief when the weather finally started to improve. Whilst we can legally have friends in our homes, al fresco socialising in summer is much more appealing (and safe). From keeping your guests hydrated to what to serve for dinner; here’s our top pointers on how to host friends outdoors during a heatwave with ease.

How to Host Friends Outdoors

Keep the (soft) drinks flowing

We all know the importance of staying hydrated during the heat, and whilst endless Aperol Spritzes can be tempting (guilty, as charged) you’ll want to be sure there’s a supply of non-alcoholic beverages on tap. Try infused waters or non-alcoholic cocktails as alternatives or additional drinks.

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Serve light, tapas inspired food

There’s nothing worse than feeling overly full when the weather is hot. Heavy, stodgy comfort food is probably best to be avoided, instead look for lighter canape style options. Something like a charcuterie or cheese board would be perfect, and every guest could bring their own contributions, or you could host an ever-classic barbecue.

Ensure there’s somewhere to sit

Keep your guests comfortable and upgrade your space with a stylish garden furniture set with plenty of seating. It’ll make a central, relaxed area and also earn you plenty of points when it comes to decoration. Buy additional stools and chairs if you’re planning on hosting plenty of people, and don’t worry if they’re mismatched – the shabby chic aesthetic will always be on trend.

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Dress the Part

Frankly, we’re just happy we’re no longer having to sport loungewear on a daily basis. When it comes to your guests, why not make sure everyone looks the part by having a ‘beach’ theme? Not only does it provide the chance to get out the swimwear that’s been stuck in your drawer for the last couple of years, but it also means everyone remains stylish and cool. Plus, no-one will complain when you start a water fight at the hottest part of the day.

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Curate the Perfect Soundtrack

Whether you’re a fan of retro Bob Marley beats or Ibiza style floor-fillers, nothing quite sets the mood and the tone of the evening like the perfect playlist. Ask your guests to each provide one song they’d like so you get an idea of everyone’s tastes, and cater to them all. We’ve all missed dancing, so be sure to get everyone on their feet.

Have a Shady Spot

Sometimes, we all need a quick moment sat away from the sun. It could be an older relative, or a friend prone to sunburn. Regardless of the situation, invest in a parasol or two and create a shady corner. Perfect for when you’re in need of a quick break.

Plan for the Evening

Be prepared for after hours, too. When the sun eventually goes in and it gets dark, we all know that it can get pretty chilly outside. If you’re expecting your guests to stay late or enjoy spending evenings in the garden, an outdoor heater and a set of blankets are sure to become your best friend, and the most sensible-yet-stylish purchase you’ll be making for this summer and beyond.

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Words: Maria Loizou