10 Hacks to Keep Your Outdoor Party Bug-Free
We love everything about backyard entertaining, except the mosquitos and other pests that seem to always come with it. Next time you find your guests getting “buggered” and are tempted to move the party inside, consider trying one of these genius anti-pest tricks. Scroll down to learn some nifty hacks, like making your own repellent, building a bug-free fire, and other simple solutions.
1. Light citronella candles. This classic trick is an oldie but a goodie. If you’re lacking in the home candle department, try making this pretty DIY Balloon Dipped Citronella Candle. Since they’re made with essential oils, they give off a gorgeous aroma and glow, *and* mosquitos HATE citronella. (via Sugar & Cloth)
2. Cover your cups. Like you, bugs enjoy a cool, sweet cocktail every once in awhile. Keep their happy hour intrusion at bay by using cupcake liners to cover your drink. Secure this temporary top with a straw, and enjoy sipping while keeping insects out. (via The Target Saver)
3. Hand out fans. Shoo away unwanted friends with the help of hand fans. Since these are typically used as wedding favors, there are tons of pretty and personalized templates out there to choose from. Plus, you can use ’em to keep cool too! (via Minted)
4. Build a bug-free bonfire. Burn sage in your bonfire to keep pesky mosquitos and other insects away. Combine with other herbs like lavender and mint to give off a lovely scent. Add some s’mores to the sitch and you’ve got the perfect entertaining and pest-free setting. (via The Kitchn)
5. Make a mason jar luminary. Add a little ambiance that also effectively deals with your bug probs. These luminaries are designed to repel insects while giving off a gorgeous glow. (via My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia)
6. Conceal your food. While you may want to put that gourmet spread on display, a fashionable food cover is the best option to keep your meal protected when there are insects around. (via Sugar & Cloth)
7. Grow some lavender. You love the smell and insects HATE it — perfect! (via Kate’s Creative Space)
8. Make your own misters. On that lavender note, try infusing the miracle plant into your own spray bottle concoction for a great way to keep your guests bite-free. Add cute labels for this scented mister that makes for a great party favor! (via Evermine)
9. Incorporate a simple magic trick. If you don’t have time to make it to the store, try this simple trick that many bloggers swear by. Using a few pennies in a glass of water, you can create the illusion of a bigger bug that will keep the smaller real bugs away. The copper even looks pretty glittering in the water. (via Making Lemonade Blog)
10. Offer traditional bug relief. The most basic to-do in the book is simple: drug-store bug spray. Make it available to visitors throughout the night by putting it out in a cute container presentation. (via Catch My Party)
Have you given any of these solutions a try? Tweet us which ones worked for you @BritandCo!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!