As we begin to leave the new year and ease into Spring, it’s time to start planning for warmer weather- And what better way than to start preparing for an outdoor party! Hosting an outdoor party can be a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather and wonderful scenery of nature with friends and family. However, it does take a little bit of planning and preparation to make sure that your party is a success. Here are some tips for hosting the best outdoor party:
Prepare the Right Food Options
One of the most important things to consider when hosting an outdoor party is the food. You’ll want to make sure that you have a variety of options that will appeal to all of your guests, including options for vegetarians and those with food allergies. Some great options for outdoor parties include grilled meats, salads, and cold sandwiches. You can also consider serving a variety of dips and appetizers, such as hummus and veggies, guacamole and chips, or a cheese platter with crackers. Just make sure not to leave your food out for too long before serving, and have a way to refrigerate any leftovers you plan to keep. Food left out for more than 2 hours is prone to develop nasty bacteria!
Check the Weather and be Prepared for Rain:
The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to keep an eye on the forecast leading up to your party because you don’t want all of your hard work to be washed away. If there’s a chance of rain, make sure to have a backup plan in place. You can set up a tent or canopy to provide shelter for your guests, but you should probably just consider moving the party indoors if necessary.
Use a Magnetic Screen Door:
A magnetic screen door can be a great addition to your outdoor party. It allows you to keep your door open to let in fresh air and natural light, while also keeping out unwanted bugs and pests. Plus, the magnetic closure ensures that the door will close securely when not in use, providing an added layer of security to your party.
Get Creative with Decorations:
Outdoor parties are a great opportunity to get creative with your decorations. When decorating your backyard for an outdoor party, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Start by setting up string lights, lanterns, and candles to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Use flowers, plants, and other natural elements to add color and beauty to your party. You can also consider setting up a photo booth or other fun activities that will allow your guests to take home a special memory of the party. Additionally, you can use outdoor rugs or blankets to create cozy seating areas, and set up tables and chairs for guests to enjoy their meals and drinks. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can make your backyard the perfect setting for a memorable outdoor party.
Have Some Fun Activities Planned:
It’s important to have activities that will keep your guests entertained and engaged. Outdoor games such as corn hole, bocce ball or lawn darts are always a hit. You can also consider hiring a DJ or band to provide music or entertainment. You can also set up a photo booth or other fun activities that will allow your guests to take home a special memory of the party.
Get the Right Seating and Tables:
Make sure to have enough seating and tables for all of your guests. You can use a combination of chairs, benches, and picnic tables to provide a variety of seating options. If you’re expecting a large crowd, you may want to consider renting additional seating and tables. Pro tip: Use plastic covers for the tables so that at the end of your event, it’s quick and easy to clean up. Also, opting for plastic chairs takes the stress out of watching the weather. You don’t want to be rushing fabric seat cushions back inside every time a storm rolls in.
Everyone’s Favorite Part- Cleaning Up:
Don’t forget about the clean up! Make sure to have a plan in place for cleaning up after the party. You’ll want to have plenty of trash bags, cleaning supplies, and a few willing volunteers to help out. You might be able to incentivize your friends by making a game out of cleaning up and offering a prize for whoever collects the most trash!
Hosting an outdoor party can be a lot of fun, but it does take a little bit of planning and preparation. By following these tips, you can ensure that your party is a success and that your guests have a great time. With the right food options, a backup plan for bad weather, and a magnetic screen door, you’ll be able to host an outdoor party that everyone will enjoy. Remember to also plan for decorations, activities, seating and tables, and clean up, you’ll be able to create a memorable outdoor party experience for your guests!