Being a good host has everything to do with how well you handle situations as opposed to whether the event is indoor or outdoor specifically. Of course this does have an impact to a certain extent, but overall it is about how the event is managed and executed. Needless to say, there is only so much you can learn about it. The rest is inherent and should come from within you. Some people are natural entertainers; they have a knack for it. You can see that it is in their blood. Outdoor entertaining is actually a lot more fun and comparatively easier than indoor entertaining, for several reasons. So on that positive note; here is what you need to know.
Prepare For Bugs
Look, at the end of the day, you are in the great wide outdoors and you have to account for creatures flitting about. You cannot expect them to simply ‘disappear’ for your party. You should invest in things like insect repellent and scented candles that directly target this sort of problem. You do not want your guests to spend the evening swatting mosquitoes and flies away, eventually turning them off their dinner. Bugs can be bigger pests than you think, so be ready to tackle them. You can even try to clear the area of the bugs beforehand if need be.
Know Your Space
How much space you have to work with comfortably that is. If you want to set up a table, how much room do you have? Can people get about easily? What about serving meals? Can you manage that without a problem as well? If it is a barbeque, do people have enough room to huddle around the grill and chitchat? These are all important things to bear in mind. You do not want your guests to be too cramped and uncomfortable now do you? Be sure that from the BBQ grills to seating areas, everything is well spaced out.
Come Up With Games
People may/may not be up for this, but it never hurts to be prepared does it? Come up with a list of games your guests might like to play. Do not start this as soon as they get there, nobody will be up for it, but probably after a few drinks they may well be! Nothing too complicated mind you, something simple to keep the energy flowing. If you feel like people are managing fine without them though, there is no need to break it with games of your own. Let them enjoy themselves the way they want to. So long as everyone is having fun!
You want everyone to be comfortable and have a good time, and comfortable seating is an important part of this. There are various options you can go for, including lots of fluffy cushions. Remember, relaxation is what you are going for, so any seating you arrange should be accommodating for groups and lounging about. You do not want any uncomfortable bits sticking out in any way and annoying your guests all evening.