A Dream Deferred: My Outdoor Entertaining Woes

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I would like to start off by saying my backyard has been in a constant disarray for about 5 years. A dream deferred, indeed. Living in Brooklyn, NY and having a backyard (especially a sizable one) is magic, fairy dust, blessings, and lucky charms all rolled into one. I had high hopes for my back yard, but my dream was hijacked by mother nature. We have weeds: but these aren’t just any around the way weeds these weeds mean business. After years of pulling, ripping, spraying, and doing other God awful things to the earth I gave up. The formal name of this dream killer is called a Japanese knot weed.  Sounds like an assassin, here to kill all summer fun. The Japanese knot weed is almost impossible to eradicate. It grows very dense and high (over 5 ft.) with thick bamboo like stems. I think pandas and koalas live there now. My neighbors on the other hand had a brilliant idea to transform their outdoor space, pave it with cement. One day I will have my dream outdoor space. Sigh.

My nightmare.
My nightmare.
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No worries.

 

Yesterday, I hosted a twitter chat about “outdoor entertaining” It was great and one lucky winner won this bar essentials kit.

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Many things were shared but here are some of my tips to make sure you have an awesome event!

  • Music, food, drinks, decor (not in that order) are essentials and deserve a fair amount of        thought.
  • Don’t forget the small things like: wet wipes for easy cleaning, citronella candles to keep bugs away, making sure you have enough food and checking your sound system.
  • It is ok to think out of the box for meal choices: Seafood, lamb and veggie options all make great alternatives to hamburgers and franks. This lobster grilled cheese has my mouth watering!
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  • Another great way to keep bugs away from your drinks… cupcake liners! colorful ones look cute.

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  • A new twist to a staple can be a major hit at your soiree! Like this grilled lemonade. One person suggested adding almond essence/extract to this I cannot wait to try that.
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  • For intimate gatherings you can  hang fabric to add a nice vibe plus privacy!

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What kind of entertaining do you do? Are you a grill master? Mixxy mixologist? Laid back lounger? All of the above? What tips would you like to share?

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