8 Ideas of Safe & Small Outdoor Summer Gatherings

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We are still in the middle of the pandemic. Safety is the new fancy. However, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a little fun; in fact, it’s important to keep us from insanity. Especially when summer is around the corner! You can still host a small gathering, but mind that you should only invite a small group of beloved people instead of a full crowd.

Then, it’s safer to have an outdoor themed gathering so you won’t risk any of your house spaces getting crowded. Remember that the virus is primarily spread from person to person among those in close contact, within about 6 feet (2 meters). According to Mayo Clinic, in some situations, especially in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation, the COVID-19 virus can spread when a person is exposed to small droplets or aerosols that stay in the air for minutes to hours. But when you’re outside, fresh air is constantly moving, dispersing these droplets. So you’re less likely to breathe in enough of the respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 to become infected.

Although with only a few people, your gathering can still be lit. Here are some ideas for your small outdoor summer gatherings.

 

Hanging lights

Some say the best way to enjoy the summer breeze is having a night party. Lit by the stars and the hanging outdoor lights, the ambience of summer night couldn’t be more perfect.

 

You can use string lights or bulb lights and drape them back and forth from a patio or porch, or from trees in your yard. If you want to get creative you can even wrap the trees in string lights as well.

If string lights aren’t your style, lanterns are another great option for hanging lights. Similarly, you can hang up lanterns anywhere in your outdoor space to give it a warm and aesthetically pleasing summer party feel.

 

Outdoor bar

To get refreshed, you can set up a bar and offer kinds of drinks to your guests. An outdoor bar is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any outdoor summer party. From adult refreshments to kid-friendly drinks, there is a variety of tasty summertime treats that you can serve right from your festive outdoor bar.

If you don’t have any outdoor area, you can still be creative and create your DIY bar. Click here for some inspos of the DIY wood bars you can easily build. Disclaimer: you need to remind your guests to keep the social distancing to minimalize the crowd around the bar.

 

Dessert and coffee

This concept suits a small party really well. While enjoying a cozy afternoon and have chit-chat with your inner circle, you can take a sip of your cup of coffee – or tea. Just pull up a coffee table to a comfy outdoor seating area and set up a spread of light desserts and your brewer.

Have a simple yet pleasant summer soiree with your coffee or tea – or hot cocoa!

 

Fresh summer salads

Salads make for a light and refreshing summer snack that is more importantly, quick and easy to make. When it comes to planning food for your party, consider making a salad with produce that is currently in season.

Here are some recipes for a few of our favorite summertime salads:

— Watermelon, feta, and arugula salad with balsamic glaze

— Traditional Mediterranean salad

— Asian chopped salad

If you want to get more creative with a salad to serve, start with a base of greens such as romaine and arugula, and the add any toppings you’d like, followed by your dressing of choice. One thing to keep in mind with salads is that you will want to be sure to put the dressing on last when it is ready to serve or serve it on the side for your guests to add to taste. This way you keep your salad as fresh and crisp as possible while ensuring that your guests can use as little or as much dressing as they would like.

 

Tropical getaway

It’s easier than you think to escape to a tropics-inspired party in the comfort of your own backyard. Set up a low table and seat guests on colorful floor cushions. Serve easy-prep appetizers, such as heirloom tomato salad, veggies with dip, and ice-cold drinks. Set a palm frond in a decorative vase to match the party theme, and light up the table with candles so the party continues long after the sun sets.

 

Savoury BBQ

Is there anything that says summer quite like grilling up some flavorful summertime barbecue? From chicken, to burgers, and delicious seasonal vegetables, you can’t go wrong serving savory BBQ at your outdoor party.

Grilling is a great way to feed a large group of guests and is a classic outdoor summertime tradition. Have fun with it, and add a twist to your typical BBQ by considering some of these foods to serve:

— Chicken and veggie kabob skewers

— Seafood (salmon, shrimp, halibut)

— Grilled bell peppers (with tzatziki for dipping)

— Bacon-wrapped asparagus

— Grilled peaches and pineapple

 

Movie night

Now you don’t need to wait to be risk-free to go to the movies! Set up a backyard summer movie night complete with a DIY screen, concession-style snacks, and festive decor. Create a cozy seating area with cushions, chairs, and blankets.

Watermelon bar

It doesn’t get better than fresh juicy watermelon! Celebrate summer’s signature fruit with a DIY watermelon tasting bar. Set up a spread with cut melon and a variety of unexpected toppers like salt, pepper, and citrus. Let guests top their slices and see what flavor combination they like best!
Now that you have so many options, why still hesitate? You just need to remember the golden rules: small party, small circle, wide outdoor, and you’re all set. Side note: it’s even better if all of you are tested negative before gathering, or getting fully vaccinated. Keep the distance, wear proper masks whenever possible, keep your hands clean, and enjoy the party!
You can read more references of the outdoor summer parties and gatherings here:

25 easy summer party ideas

Creative summer parties idear the summer

12 secrets to throwing an unforgettable summer dinner party

7 safe and festive ways to host a small gathering

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