Before you fire up the grill for your next summer party, see if you can answer these questions before looking at the answers below.
1. Besides citronella, what else can keep mosquitoes away?
b) Electric fans
c) Lemon dish soap
d) Watering the lawn
2. What often overlooked detail should go on your barbecue invitation?
a) The time the food will be served
b) The time the party ends
c) What guests should bring
d) A reminder for guests to wear their dancing shoes
3. Which common household item can you use to clean the grill?
a) Dryer sheets
c) Orange peel
d) Aluminum foil
Okay, ready for the answers?
1. Electric fans: Because mosquitoes are weak fliers, even a fan set on low will help keep them away from your party. Set up a box fan or two around the edge of your patio and a smaller fan near the food table. Get more mosquito repelling tips.
2. The time the food will be served: Most invitations list a start and end time (if there is one), but it’s important to let guests know when dinner or snacks will be served. If you’re not putting out the food until later in the party attendees can prepare ahead of time with a snack. More tips on what to put on the invite.
3. Alumnium foil: It’s one of our favorite multi-taskers. Simply wad up a piece of aluminum foil and while gripping it with a pair of tongs use it to remove food that stuck on the grill grate. See more new uses for aluminum foil.
How’d you do? Get more outdoor party tips here, and share your best spring and summer entertaining advice in the comments.