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How to Style an Outdoor Banquet

by Tom Zibkowski 02/21/2021

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You see it in your favorite magazines -- or maybe on Pinterest. The ultimate outdoor dining and entertainment experience has elevated basic hosting to an art form, and you can use your existing set up to create a truly spectacular experience for your family and your guests. Follow the tips below to make the most of your entertainment spread and to create an event your guests won't soon forget.

Choose a Theme

You don't have to have a formal idea of what you'll do, or even list it out in great detail, but "authentic Hawaiian luau" looks very different from "Easter Dinner" so knowing what you want to accomplish helps you create an actionable road map.

Plan the Food

Plan out a menu and order any specialties that you need to; specialty foods, meats and even poultry need to be ordered in advance to ensure you are able to get everything you need when you need it. Depending on your own storage space, arrange to have your purchases delivered. Store on dry ice if needed before the big day arrives.

Determine Seating

Your outdoor entertaining area is probably designed with your own family in mind, but a larger group will need more places to sit and relax. Consider renting pieces and having them delivered and set up for the event. You'll be able to host everyone in comfort and not have to worry about running out of room.

Order decor:

Order the items you need for serving, if you don't already have them on hand. Depending on the size and theme of the gathering, you may need additional plates, flatware, stemware and more. Again, a rental place can furnish you with many of the things you need at surprisingly affordable rates. This is also the time to order flower arrangements, entertainment and other things that will create ambiance.

Clean it up

Your outdoor kitchen is already in great shape, but having a team to up the yard, clean all surfaces and ensure your home is ready to entertain will give you a break and ensure you feel ready to show your place off.

Set up in the Morning

 Even if you have an evening event planned, setting up key pieces in place, making sure drinks are cold enough to share and prepping the food early will allow you the time you need to get ready for your guests and give you the chance to enjoy your own gathering.

Get ready to show off. With the food ready, seating in place, and an outdoor oasis that is truly event ready, you'll be able to show off your entertainment spread and make the most of your home and yard. Careful preparation, paired with attention to detail allows you to share your favorite space with your friends and family, and to show off what you've worked so hard to create.

Outsourcing some food and prep work can help you focus on the actual event and on creating the recipes and experiences you most want to share. Check out any components you are considering doing on your own, just to make sure the DIY approach is truly the swiftest or most affordable way to get ready for your event. 

Start planning a few weeks in advance -- this will give you time to order any decorative items you need and to special order food for your guests. You'll be more relaxed on the big day and be better able to enjoy yourself and your home.

About the Author
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Tom Zibkowski

Professional: I specialize in representing clients in the purchase and sale of real estate throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties. Throughout my 35 years in the business I have developed residential housing communities and currently work with some of the top home builders in the industry. Some of the custom home builders I work with are : Sal Mar Homes, GTR Builders, New Homes By Chirco, Cranbrook Homes,& Arteva Homes. If you are planning on building a custom home, please contact me. Through the years I have created a niche in the luxury home market and have represented many professional athletes and celebrities with their specific needs. Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding luxury homes throughout Michigan. When you list your home for sale with Tom Zibkowski you will receive the following: Experience: • Over 4000 closed sales since 1982, throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties • Rated as top 100 Agents nationwide by Wall Street Journal • Averaging over 40 million dollars in closed sales annually Services: • 3 full time administrative assistants to process transactions and communicate activities to customer constantly. • Professional photography with virtual tours & aerial virtual tours as needed. • Featured listing exposure on Luxury Portfolio International, Zillow-Trulia-Realtor.com Listingbook-Homefinder.com-Homes.com • Full page color print advertising in Sunday Detroit News & Free Press. • Full page color print advertising in Michigan Luxury Homes Magazine • Daily internet updates of all public viewing activities and market updates. • Just listed color postcard direct mail campaigns to neighborhood. • Statewide multiple listing exposure. • Adwerx Internet pop-up display advertising campaigns Personal: I'm a Michigan native having been born and raised in the local area. My wife Jackie and I have two children. Troy is 23 years old, a licensed pilot and currently working in the real estate business. Tyler is 19 years old and is attending The College For Creative Studies, his major is transportation design.We live in Washington Township and are active in our community. My other website