The Hubs and I hosted the monthly elders and wives dinner at our home last night. Since our house is kind of small without a lot of seating for enjoying a meal, the Hubs had the idea to do it outside by the fire pit. I thought this was a great idea, so we went with it. We set up the pop up tent and put two tables for food, drinks, and desserts under the tent. I wish I had taken a picture of the set up because it looked pretty good. We also set up two tables for everyone to sit around and eat.
We kept the food pretty standard for a fire pit wienie roast, so I set up a “Roasting and Toasting” station with hot dogs and a s’mores tray.
On the other side of this table I had the drinks–facing one direction was the fruity water with Solo cups and a sharpie for labeling. Facing the other direction was the hot beverage station with hot chocolate and coffee with all the fixings.
On another table was the rest of the food. Once people had roasted their hot dog, they could head to the table, grab a plate, stick that wienie in a bun and load their plate up with all the toppings and sides they wanted. Besides the traditional condiments, I also had chili and slaw for the dogs, potato salad and baked beans. We kept the service casual with paper plates, paper napkins, and plastic cutlery.
The weather was perfect–cool enough for a fire but not so cold that you couldn’t stand to be outside. People stayed around until almost 10:00, clean up was a breeze, and I really enjoyed the evening. I definitely plan to entertain outdoors more often!
If you are looking for a fun, easy, affordable hosting option, this is a great way to go. I was a little worried about how it would go over since we had two older couples as part of the group, but they went on and on about how much they loved it!!