If you plan on doing a lot of outdoor entertaining this spring and summer you want to make sure that you and your guests are safe and comfortable. There are certain essentials you need and things to keep in mind to accomplish this.

Solar Lights

Proper lighting is crucial. First, it is definitely nice to be able to see who you are talking to and if the noise you hear by the trash cans is a raccoon or the neighbor’s dog. Second, it is important that guests be able to see steps to the porch and patio, as well as edges of flower beds and uneven sidewalks. Solar lighting will help                  .

Thanks to the sun’s rays, you no longer need to fuss with electrical wiring to illuminate your outdoor living space. Solar lights come in a variety of sizes and styles. There are even atmosphere bowls that change colors and are perfect for entertaining.


No one is going to be comfortable if they are cold. A heat source for your patio is essential. If you want warmth and ambiance, go with a fire table, fire bowl, tabletop fireplace, or chiminea. If you are strictly looking for warmth check out patio heaters. They come in an array of styles and some even have their own built in table for guests to set their drink on. If you do not have a lot of floor space or you are concerned about your rowdy friends knocking it over, get an infrared wall-mounted heater.

Mosquito Repellant

No one wants to deal with mosquitoes, but few people will want to spray down with awful smelling repellant either. Make sure you have citronella candles. You may also want to consider bio ethanol tiki torches strategically placed around the entertaining area and use citronella fuel. There are lanterns that also repel mosquitoes, but they are not as effective or stylish as the torches.

Garden Fountains

You may be wondering why you need a garden fountain at night. Well, you can appreciate the beauty and sound any time, and it will help create a relaxing ambiance. Also, if you choose one with LEDs, it will complement your collection of solar lights nicely. Lastly, they will help mask noise. So, if you have a noisy neighbor that you know is eavesdropping on your conversation you do not have to whisper so quietly that you can barely hear one another. The sound of cascading water will create a nice barrier between you and your neighbor.