04 Jul A Guide to Easy Summer Entertaining
So you’ve got the patio set up, the back deck just right, and the flowers all in bloom – perfect time for hosting a summer party! But aesthetics aside – now what? If you’re new to the art of entertaining, there’s no better time than the summer to host your first party. Here is a simple guide to help get you started for easy summer entertaining.
Make a Theme
If you want your party to stand out, you’ve got to shake things up a bit for your standard party. Why not make it a themed party? People love a reason to get dressed up or look silly. Pick a theme – maybe Tropical Luau – and have your guests dress in their finest Hawaiian shirt. It’s a great way to break the ice and make everyone feel silly and comfortable all at the same time.
Of course, the BBQ is a must. Nothing says a summer party like a BBQ. Figure out the number of people attending and make a detailed list of everything you need. If you have yet to perfect the art of grilling, grab your best friend or family member to take it the grill while you entertain and host. After all, it’s important that the host has time to mingle and enjoy as well!
The right ambience is key to any great party. That means lighting and music. This doesn’t mean hiring the local lighting technician for a spotlight show – go to your hardware store or even the dollar store and pick up some twinkly lights, lanterns, or even a few citronella fire torches for your Hawaiian theme. Find a few good playlists that match your vibe and theme as well. The right type of music is often the key to a great party.
Whether you have a pool or not, having a few games on hand is a good idea for when things move into a lull and need a good pick-me-up. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Usually it’s the simple games that make the most amount of fun. Set up the badminton net, bring out the bocce ball set or make a contest. You’re never too old for games!
The main component of hosting a great summer party is making it unique in any way, and even a little silly. People love an opportunity to leave the reality of life behind, even for a few hours and indulge their imagination. Combine that with some great food, music and games, and you’ll be well on your way to hosting one epic summer party.
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