Aside from cooking and prepping ahead of time, there’s one more task that will ensure an easygoing, carefree vibe: tackle the bug issue in a multitude of ways. We live in the South, and while we always lament the mosquitos and flies, we don’t want to resort to using harsh chemicals to fight them off. Whenever we have folks over in the summer, we light citronella candles and place some natural bug spray in a prominent place so everyone who needs it knows it’s around.
A couple of new things we’re adding to the battle this year are applying a thorough covering of lemongrass yard spray an hour or two before the party and then hanging up Pic Pest Free Living’s Mosquito Repellent Lanterns with geraniol, lemongrass, and citronella. The lantern sets include ribbons for hanging and white paper stars that hook onto the bottom of them, details we hadn’t seen before. This four-pronged approach has made it easy for our guests to enjoy the meal and the company without being bothered by mosquitos, so we’ll stick to this plan throughout July.