Summer is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start preparing and planning for the parties and gatherings that you may want to hold over the next couple of months. If you haven’t paid your outside space much attention over the cold, wet months, now is the time to make sure everything is in tip-top condition. Considerations for entertainment and food and drink may also need to be made for the perfect summer party.
Sort Your Outdoor Seating Area
If you’re planning on having a party that utilizes outside areas, it’s important to have a comfortable, functional and practical seating arrangement outside. This will be ideal if the weather is fine and your guests can maximize on the outside space. Practicalities to think about include whether you need weather protection, and the number of seats you need. The size of the table and the consideration of whether you want a dining arrangement or a laid-back style will depend on the sort of events you want to hold. Do your research and look into options so that you are sure to invest in the right choice for you. Features such as removable seat covers might be handy if you live in an area prone to bad weather at times.
Think About The Food
Preparing food for a party can be a simple task if you stick to the classic favorites, but you could try to mix it up a little and try new and exciting recipes for you, your friends and family. You may want to look into alternative vegetarian and vegan recipes, and perhaps some more healthy alternatives for those who are watching what they eat. Healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Ask others or look online for recipes for fun foods such as cheesy chicken enchiladas from Hellofresh so you can give your guests a treat for their taste buds. Providing a few drinks is a good idea, although you could implement a bring-your-own drink rule so that guests aren’t left empty-handed too early on into the evening. Plus, if you’re planning on inviting a large number of people, providing drinks for everybody might end up costing a small fortune!
Spread the Word
There are various ways to inform people of parties nowadays. You can get the word across by word of mouth, and also by social media. You could set up a private Facebook group, where you can edit the event timings and information whenever necessary. Email threads are also a great way of keeping your guests up to date with any specifics.
Depending on what sort of summer party you are planning to hold, you may want to consider sorting entertainment. It could be as simple as a music playlist and speakers or could be more sophisticated with a cocktail bar or hired entertainment. You could create and organize a DIY cocktail bar to save some money or call in favors from friends. If you want to go all out, sorting an outdoor space with a marquee and dance floor might be something you want to consider. If this is the kind of party you are going for, remember to set a budget early on so that you don’t get too carried away!
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