9 Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining
#9: De-bug the yard
Coat the yard with garlic spray or natural bug spray--instead of harsh chemicals--three days before and the morning of an event, Laura advises. Do it yourself for $30 (if you own a bug fogger), or hire someone for a couple hundred. Have bug spray (left) set up at a station at the party so guests can appreciate all your hard work and planning in comfort.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® July/August 2009.)