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Spring Outdoor Entertaining Tips: Hosting Gatherings in Your Backyard or Patio with Ease

As the temperatures rise and flowers begin to bloom, it's time to take advantage of the beauty of spring by moving your gatherings outdoors. Whether you're planning a casual brunch with friends, a family picnic, or an elegant garden party, hosting gatherings in your backyard or patio can be a delightful way to embrace the season. In this blog post, we'll explore some top tips to help you become a pro at spring outdoor entertaining.


Embrace the Season

Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, so why not incorporate the season's charm into your outdoor gathering? Decorate your space with fresh flowers, pastel-colored table linens, and whimsical spring-themed décor to set the mood. Consider using natural elements like wooden crates, wicker baskets, and terracotta pots to add a rustic touch to your decor.


Plan for the Weather

While spring weather can be unpredictable, proper planning can help you navigate any changes that may arise. Check the weather forecast leading up to your event and have a backup plan in place in case of rain or chilly temperatures. Consider renting a tent or canopy to provide shelter, or set up a cozy outdoor seating area around a fire pit for cooler evenings.

Opt for Fresh and Seasonal Fare

Take advantage of the abundance of fresh produce available in the spring by incorporating seasonal ingredients into your menu. Serve up a colorful salad with crisp greens, strawberries, and goat cheese, or grill up some asparagus and spring onions for a flavorful side dish. For dessert, consider serving fruit tarts, lemon bars, or berry crumbles for a sweet finish.

Here are some Dishes you might want to share with them!

Spring Asparagus and Pea Risotto



  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh lemon zest, for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)


Spring Salad

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion


Balsamic vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Set the Scene with Lighting

Create a magical ambiance for your spring outdoor gathering with strategic lighting. Hang string lights or lanterns above your patio or deck to cast a warm glow as the sun sets, or place candles and tea lights on tables for added ambiance. Not only will the lighting enhance the atmosphere, but it will also ensure that your guests can safely navigate the space after dark.


You can buy to the following Shops for your lightings:


  • IKEA
  • The Home Depot
  • Lamps Plus
  • Denver Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
  • Urban Lights
  • Costco
  • Local Hardware Stores

Keep It Casual and Comfortable

Spring gatherings are all about laid-back elegance, so keep your attire and atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. Encourage your guests to dress in light, breathable fabrics and provide plenty of seating options, including lounge chairs, picnic blankets, and outdoor cushions. Consider adding some throw pillows and blankets to cozy up seating areas for cooler spring evenings.

Offer Refreshing Beverages

Help your guests stay hydrated and refreshed with a selection of seasonal beverages. Serve up chilled rosé, fruity sangria, or refreshing cucumber-infused water to keep everyone cool and satisfied. Consider setting up a DIY mimosa or spritzer bar where guests can customize their drinks with a variety of juices, fruits, and herbs.

Fruity Sangria


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine (such as a Spanish Rioja or fruity Merlot)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (such as triple sec or Cointreau)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced peaches or nectarines
  • 1 cup mixed berries (such as raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries)
  • 2 cups club soda or lemon-lime soda (optional, for serving)
  • Ice cubes, for serving

Entertainment and Activities

Keep your guests entertained with a variety of outdoor activities and games. Set up a croquet or badminton tournament on the lawn, or organize a scavenger hunt or nature walk for the kids. If space allows, consider renting a bounce house or setting up a DIY photo booth for added fun and entertainment.


Here are some tips you can enjoy and have some fun with your loved ones!


  • Cornhole
  • Bocce Ball
  • Giant Jenga
  • Lawn Twister
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • DIY Obstacle Course
  • Water Balloon Fight
  • DIY Ring Toss
  • Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
  • Bubble Station

Don't Forget the Little Details

It's the little details that can make a big impact on your spring outdoor gathering. Consider adding personal touches like handwritten place cards, custom party favors, or a signature cocktail to make your event memorable. Don't forget to have plenty of sunscreen and bug spray on hand to ensure your guests stay comfortable throughout the day.

With these spring outdoor entertaining tips, you'll be well-equipped to host gatherings in your backyard or patio with ease, creating unforgettable memories for you and your guests to cherish for years to come. So dust off your patio furniture, fire up the grill, and get ready to celebrate the season in style!



Contact me today with any questions: 

Kelly Thompson-Milner, REALTOR


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Kelly’s Additional Credentials: 

Residential Construction Certified

New Build Specialist Designation

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I have certifications and advanced training in residential construction of homes, new home builds, negotiations and understanding of title. I believe in taking care of my clients before, during, and after their home buying or selling experience.
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