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We’re only mid-way through summer, so there’s still plenty of time for alfresco entertaining. But because of summer’s late arrival and a very wet spring, soirée hosts from coast to coast are dealing with a swarm of unwelcome party crashers: mosquitoes. With the many attractive bug-repellent options that are available today, there’s no reason to let insects dampen an alfresco soirée. Read on for our picks for the most aesthetically pleasing ways to use natural bug-repelling ingredients, functional décor pieces, and atmospheric lighting to keep bugs as far as possible from your party guests.
Put citronella pillar candles in lanterns, like these chic raffia-wrapped hurricanes from Amanda Lindroth, for a stunning table setting that can be coastal, rustic, or exotic, all while keeping insects away from your gathering.
Spreading multiple citronella-infused Tiki torches around your outdoor party space keeps insects at bay and creates a tropically inspired setting.
Marigolds make a vibrant summertime bouquet for your table, and the scent of the orange-hued bloom is a natural and effective mosquito repellent. The bonus? They’re edible.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquitoes are weak flyers, which may be one reason why they are attracted to standing water. Creating a steady breeze with this pretty sapele-wood-and-stainless-steel fan from Williams-Sonoma will simultaneously keep your guests cool and divert bugs from your group.
Lavender, geraniums, rosemary, and eucalyptus are natural insect repellents, so be sure to include some on your tabletop, whether at each place setting or in your floral centerpiece.
Hummingbirds eat mosquitoes, so hang a pretty hummingbird feeder in your backyard to help cut down on bugs while delighting your guests with sightings of these fascinating and pretty birds.
A cross between citronella candles and full-length torches, Tiki-table torches offer hours of protection against bugs while serving as chic tabletop accents.
Fresh herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary repel bugs naturally with their scent and are also the perfect accompaniment to any summertime dinner-party menu.
LED lights that produce a warm (yellow) rather than cool (blue) hue do more than set the mood for an outdoor fête. Because they block the wavelengths of light that bugs like best, they won’t attract mosquitoes like incandescent lighting does.
Artfully draped mosquito netting can transform a patio table with umbrella into a lovely and intimate party space.
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Welcome Photo: Katherine Hepburn
Welcome Quote: Frankenstein, 1931