Dining In

Tips for Throwing an Outdoor Party

Engage with your favorite people in more intimate, creative settings.

By Vanessa Conabee December 23, 2020 Published in the Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Park City Magazine


Single-serve items work best for desserts.

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If your circle extends beyond immediate family, rent some heaters and take your (small) party to a patio or covered deck. Guests will feel pampered by an array of individually wrapped party favors, menu items, and drink-and-dessert kits prepared to welcome them (safely) to your home. For table, chair, and linen rentals, visit diamondrental.com.

Party favors: Have a basket of gift bags containing disposable masks in themed colors or prints with mini-bottles of hand sanitizer and a handful of brightly wrapped chocolates or treats. Check out wishparkcity.com for a rainbow of festive ideas and party goods.

Choose eye-catching packaging for single-serve menu items: Prep grab-and-go appetizers or main courses in paper takeout containers and glass jars embellished with flowers, sprigs of fresh herbs, and ribbons. Place your menu items inside each container with a linen napkin and real flatware wrapped in twine for an elegant touch.

Have fun with drinks and desserts: Single-serve items like cookies, bars, and cupcakes work best for desserts. If you have access to a fire pit, create s’mores kits. Keep spirits high with individual drink kits for adult beverages: create portions of premixed cocktails in a glass or jar with a lid, a cup of ice, and garnishes with cans of sparkling water, tonic, and club soda available.

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