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How to Successfully do Christmas Outdoors

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

The Christmas season is a very special time for recounting fond memories and making new ones. We all look forward to the gift-giving, the mouth-watering menu on Christmas and New Years day and, of course, the quality time spent with family and friends at get-togethers.

outdoor christmas party decor. white and gold table linens with christmas lights

Thinking of ways to make this year’s celebration better than the last? How about adding a new twist to the tradition this year by taking it outside? You’re probably wondering:

  • “How would I decorate?”

  • “Where would I even host outdoors?”

  • “I don’t have a huge backyard.”

and most importantly,

  • “What about MOSQUITOES?!”

Those are all valid concerns when choosing to entertain outdoors, so I’m here to give you the solutions to these problems.

Trust me, the holidays will feel even more magical as you celebrate under the stars, and feel the cool Caribbean breeze as you create unforgettable memories. Let me walk you through the process of sprucing up your outdoor area for holiday entertainment to make sure you get the best out of this experience:

  • Comfort comes first

Apartment terrace decor. Outdoor dining covered by shade sails

One of your number one concerns as a host is making sure all your guests are happy and comfortable. How do you do this? By making sure that there are enough seats, that the seats are comfortable, and that your guests aren’t too hot. It is important to prevent any accidents or mishaps with your guests and furniture. The simplest ways of adding comfort to your space are adding some extra cushions and throw blankets or getting that broken chair arm or that wobbly leg looked at. While we’re at it, let’s not kid ourselves; Jamaica is hot, especially in the mornings. If your family get-together is to start while the sun is still out, a shade sail or an outdoor fan are perfect solutions to the island heat. I promise that making these little changes will make your guests more comfortable in your space and set the tone for great conversation and memory-making.

  • Choose your ideal area for entertaining

Trex composite wood deck. Done in Jamaica. Decorated with green and white, modern patio furniture

The best spot for entertaining would be one with enough space and seating for guests. Choosing a spot that has its own amenities like an outdoor kitchen or bar, or that has easy access to the indoors is beneficial for everyone involved. This way you can easily set up, dine, bring out extra food or supplies, etc. A bonus would be a spot that also has a great view of the city or the water. Look at this deck. It's attached to the house, has ample seating and space and a killer view of Kingston. You can use your patio, terrace, balcony or gazebo in the same way. Don’t have one? Don’t worry! You can consider renting a tent and getting furniture suitable for the outdoors to create the same effect. Whatever you choose, the main aim is to make entertaining easier by setting up in an area that maximizes space and access to amenities.