Summer is around the corner, and it is time to celebrate. What better way to enjoy the warmth and sunshine than to have a patio party? Gather your friends and family, cook up some great food, get a cold beverage and sit back and have a good time.
The first thing on your list of things to do before the party should be to decide your guest list, the date/time, and the theme. Everything else can be linked back to these three decisions. It’s important to think of the weather when choosing a date and time of your party. If you live in a climate that is notoriously hot, it may be better to have your party at night so it’s not too hot to enjoy the outdoors. It is important to put together a guest list of people that will enjoy being outside. That way you won’t have any complainers. Themes can make the party more fun! Choose a theme that will fit into the summer time activities, such as luau, patriotic, pool or BBQ-themed party. Once you have these three things set, you can start to plan the rest of your party.
Food and drink may be the most important part of throwing an amazing party. When you are having a party outside in the summer, it is almost expected to have barbeque. If you have a grill, you can cook up some hotdogs and hamburgers that will be sure to please everyone. If you don’t have a grill, you could make pulled pork, or sloppy joes that are also barbeque staples. As for sides, you could go traditional and do coleslaw, beans and corn or you could do something a little different like a bean and corn salad, stuffed mushrooms or bacon wrapped asparagus. Either way, you can’t go wrong with fun easy meals and sides that last well in the heat. Remember not to make the food too heavy as the heat may make people less hungry. Another thing to think about is whether any of your guests have food allergies. These days, there are excellent substitutes for bread, dairy, nuts, and meat that are tasty and not that much more expensive. As for drinks, the most important part is that they are cold. Investing in a cooler and some ice is a must for an outdoor party.
The venue that you chose for your party will set your party’s atmosphere. Choose a space that has enough room for all the food and enough chairs for everyone. It would be nice to have an area that has some shade as well. The one element that makes people hesitate about having a party outside: bugs. It can be very unpleasant to be getting bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs so it is important to take steps to insure there won’t be a bunch of annoying pests. Citronella candles are a nice non-toxic way of repelling bugs, or handing out mosquito repelling bracelets as party favors is a fun way to repel bugs. Another way to make your party bug free is to throw sage on to the fire so the smoke will repel the bugs.
When it comes to decorations, it is important to stick to your theme so it makes the party more cohesive. Table clothes, streamers, plates, napkins and banners can make the theme clear. You can also use decorations to make the space more useable. String lights can be used as decorations and also as the light for the party when it gets dark. Colorful pillows can be used to make chairs more comfortable and cute blankets can be out in case it gets chilly outside. Decorations make all parties more festive, so it is important to spend some time on the décor.
Having activities at the party will keep your guests engaged and having a great time. When you are outside, you have endless opportunities for activities. You could go with classic yard games like bocce ball or bags, or you could get people moving with a fast-paced game of croquet or badminton. Make sure there is a game or activity that can involve every person there, including kids. This will ensure everyone will have a blast. Music is also an important element to keep everyone excited and grooving at the party. Choose a playlist that has a variety of hits and matches the mood of the party. Throw in those old classics that everyone knows, and it’ll be so much fun when a sing along starts! Just make sure the music isn’t so loud that no one can hear each other.
Now that we have gone over the most important elements of throwing a perfect patio party, you will be ready to host your friends and families, and enjoy the great weather summer brings.