Summer is around the corner. That means, it is time for sun, sand, beaches, cool drinks, and outdoor parties. It is the perfect time to let your hair down and enjoy some amazing and happy times with family and friends.
Parties sound fun but organizing them can be quite a headache. It takes lots of planning and preparation to be the perfect summer host. The first stage of organizing any party is planning. A perfect host plans a party to the finest detail and leaves their guests stunned and impressed.
The first thing that you should decide is the date of the outdoor party. Ideally, it should be on a weekend or a holiday so that most people can attend. Check the weather forecast for the dates that you are planning. The day shouldn’t be too sunny, too windy or it shouldn’t rain. Nothing can ruin an outdoor party like bad weather. May is often considered the wettest month in the USA, therefore, if you plan the party in May, make sure to check the weather forecast to see if it is going to rain on that day.
Once you finalize the dates, enquire about the availability of those whom you wish to invite. Ask your guests about their preferred food and drink options. There is no point in a menu that your guests don’t enjoy. Ask if they have any food allergies or any special preferences like vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free.
Apart from the above things, here are 5 amazing hacks that would help you host the best outdoor party this summer.
Keep the Bugs Away
You selected the day with the perfect weather, you arranged the perfect food and drinks, you decorated the outdoor venue beautifully but everything got ruined as your guests got bug bites. You surely wouldn’t want this to happen. Therefore, you must keep the bugs away. Use bug repellants to ward off the insects. You can also use natural repellents like citronella oil, clove, and lemon or simply put an egg carton on the grill. The cardboard egg carton would burn slowly and the smoke would keep mosquitoes away. You can also use candles with essential oils that act as organic repellents. Keep a bug spray handy for guests to use.
Outdoor Hand Wash Station
Post pandemic our lives have changed. We are washing our hands frequently. If you do not want your guests to go inside the house to wash their hands and make the house dirty and prone to germs, then, set up an outdoor hand wash station. Keep a small bucket below a water dispenser, keep a bottle of liquid soap, a bottle of sanitizer, and some dry napkins. Place this DIY hand wash station at the entrance.
Frozen Water Balloons
Water balloons make a party look cool and colorful. Replace ice with frozen water balloons. Put the balloons in a colander and put your drinks in it. Place the colander on top of a bowl and the ice wouldn’t melt easily. This would change the ambiance of your party. Small kids can cool off with water balloon pinata. Once the ice inside the balloons melt you can throw the balloons at each other and play an impromptu game.
Fixed Bottle Opener and Trash Cans
Things getting misplaced are quite common during any party. You wouldn’t want your guests searching the whole venue for the bottle opener or throwing trash wherever they can. Tie the bottle opener to the ice bucket. If you are using the colander then tie the bottle opener to it with a string. This would help it stay in place. Provide properly labeled trash cans and place them at strategic locations. Put a trash bag inside a bucket, laundry bag, or basket and keep it in a fixed place. You can also use double-sided tapes to fix these trash cans to trees and walls. This would help the trash to stay in one place and not litter the whole place.
DIY Selfie Station
You would want your guests to remember the party. What better way to make it memorable than photos. These days, everyone is passionate about selfies. Create a small DIY selfie station for guests to take pictures and post on their social media. Get creative and use balloons, unused photo frames, antique chairs, masks, and fairy lights as props for the selfie station. This is something your guests would remember for the longest time.