For small get-togethers in the backyard, it can be quite handy to have a canopy tent set up. It is a good idea to put food and beverages in a shaded area, so as to keep them cooler and fresher than they would be under the hot sun, and a small tent provides that shade. It is also an inviting area for guests to gather, and since they come in all sorts of colors, they can match the color scheme of the party, if there is one.
Here’s a nice one – I like the pointed top:
Purple pop-up canopy tent pictured: Eurmax Profession Pop up Canopy Trade Show Booth Instant Market Stall Bonus Roller Bag and Weight Bags (10×10 Feet)