Ladies’ night out doesn’t always have to be a night out on the town. Host a get-together on your patio any night of the week. A simple yet sophisticated night can be easy to prepare.
Fire pit – A fire pit is optional, but it may be an affordable investment you’re willing to make. Outdoor parties can take place even on chilly fall nights when you have this great accessory for keeping you and your guests warm. The soft glow of the fire also adds a nice ambiance that tends to help people relax more.
Read HGTV’s article on Outdoor Fire Pits and Fire Pit Safety before you buy.
Finger foods – This can be an appetizer-only event. Choose foods that are easy to prepare so you don’t have a lot to do once you return home from work. Cheese and crackers is a combination almost everyone loves. You can also set out pita chips and hummus—bought right from the store. New York Style® brand has you covered with pita chips, bagel crisps and Panetini®, which are all easy to pair up with hummus, dips and cheese.
Serve our Bruschetta Bites, which are easy to prepare ahead of time.
1/2 cup quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded asiago or Italian blend cheese
1 Tbsp. Italian or vinaigrette salad dressing
12 New York Style® Panetini® toasts
12 small basil leaves
Combine tomatoes, cheese and dressing in a small bowl. Store in a sealed container in your refrigerator, if preparing ahead of time. When ready to serve, spoon onto Panetini® toasts and top each with a basil leaf, if desired.
Drinks – Set a cooler filled with ice outside with a variety of drinks—non-alcoholic and alcoholic. You can even ask each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine for everyone to try. Be sure to have water available too, especially on hot nights.
Citronella candles – Surround your seating area with these candles to help keep away the bugs. Picture a fire pit in the middle, seating around the fire and candles encircling the patio—it’s functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Quilts or blankets – Keep some quilts or blankets inside near the door for your guests to use in case they get cold. Catching up with your favorite friends could take a while, so give your guests every option they need to stay comfortable.