16 Tips for an Effortless Summer Outdoor Party

Summer Outdoor Party

Summer may be nearly over, but there is still time for at least a few more fun summer outdoor parties before the cooler weather hits. You have plenty of time to plan the summer party to end all summer parties, and you can make sure that you and your guests have loads of fun with the following 16 party planning tips.

1. Set a Date

Before planning a party, it is a good idea to contact everyone you plan on inviting to make sure that they are going to be available.

 

Resource to help you: The Kitchn

 

2. Set a Time

Every party has its stragglers, and once the meal is done, you likely won’t feel like firing up the barbecue to cook more food. Make sure that everyone knows what time you plan on serving food, so hungry guests will be sure to arrive on time.

 

Resource to help you: NeedToMeet

 

3. Send Invitations

These days, people tend to be informal, but it is still nice to receive an actual printed invitation to a party. It shows your guests that you have actually put some thought into it, and that you really want them there.

 

Resource to help you: Evite

 

4. Rain Date

You never know what the weather is going to be like. Heck, most of the time the weatherman doesn’t even get it right! Make sure that you have a rain date planned, so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there will still be a party.

 

Resource to help you: HGTV

 

5. Ask about Allergies

To ensure everyone has a great time, ask if your guests have any food allergies so you can be sure to prepare foods they can enjoy.

 

Resource to help you: AAAAI

 

6. Proper Attire

No one likes to show up at a party under or over-dressed. Make sure that the invitation specify what kind of party it is. If you are having a pool party, let everyone know that bathing suits and flip-flops are perfect attire.

 

Resource to help you: Emily Post

 

7. Bathroom Facilities

It is a lot easier to rent a port-a-potty than it is to have people traipsing through your home all night to use the rest room.

 

Resource to help you: PortaPotty

 

8. Seating

Most of us don’t have enough lawn chairs for more than a half a dozen people or so. You have a couple of options for seating. You can rent chairs for the party, or if it is a really informal event, make sure that the invitations tell guests to bring their own lawn chairs.

 

Resource to help you: Party Rental LTD

 

9. Extension Cords

Make sure that any extension cords are pinned to the ground so no one trips and falls.

 

Resource to help you: Brit+Co

 

10. Lighting

It is getting darker earlier now, so you need to make sure that you have plenty of lighting for a nighttime party. There are all kinds of great ways to light up an outdoor party. Patio lanterns are always a great choice, and another option is to use strings of white holiday lights.

 

Resource to help you: Pinterest

 

11. Kids

If anyone is bringing kids, plan some activities for them as well, such as sprinkler games, water volleyball, etc.

 

Resource to help you: Activity Village

 

12. Decorations

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on decorations for your party. Hit up your local dollar store for fun items such as paper globes, table cloths, etc. A piñata is great decorative item that is fun as well.

 

Resource to help you: Babble

 

13. Mosquitoes

No summer party is complete without mosquitoes, but you can keep them at bay. Make sure there is no standing water, plug in fans, use citronella candles, and offer bug wipes to your guests.

 

Resource to help you: The Family Handyman

 

14. Music

Bring the speakers outside, but don’t crank it so the whole neighborhood can hear the music. Play classic tunes that everyone loves.

 

Resource to help you: Last FM

 

15. Keep Cool

Have hand-held fans for your guests to help them stay cool, as well as some cold compresses and plenty of ice.

 

Resource to help you: Apartment Therapy

 

16. Cleanup

Make sure that there are plenty or garbage cans around so there is a place for people to toss paper plates, napkins, etc.

 

Resource to help you: Oh Happy Day

 

Featured photo credit: Patrick via flickr.com

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