School is almost out which means summertime is quickly approaching. This means one important thing; lots of outdoor parties are about to take place. People who love to entertain will tell you they try to have at least 3-4 casual backyard parties with close friends and family every summer. If you are thinking about entertaining this upcoming summer, here some important things to pay attention to.
The first thing you should always take into consideration is what you will do if there is inclement weather. Many people like to set up tents, awnings or have cover and shelter outside their homes. This is especially crucial if you live in an area where it rains frequently. Partying outdoors is awesome, but only if you have shelter if the weather changes. You can even buy blowup canopies and tents that make set-up a breeze. These are also great to provide shelter from the hot sun.
Another great tip is to offer a cooling station, a table that is specifically set up help people cool off. You could have cold towels on ice, a variety of cold beverages and some fans. This will help everyone stay cool and have a chance to get out of the sun. Partying outdoors is great, but you need to be careful of things like sun burn and sun poisoning as they can ruin any event. You also want to make sure everyone stays hydrated as the sun is very powerful and can your body of fluids very quickly.
It is also imperative to have some sort of bug and insect repellent. No matter where you live, there are always pesky bugs in the summer time. Mosquitoes are the worst as they can carry bacteria and viruses. You can easily get some citronella candles, some gas bombs or other types of spray repellents to keep everyone bug free. Make sure to keep all of your food covered so you can keep the bugs away from it. Insect bites and insects on your food can make or break your party.
The most important tip to operating a successful party is to plan ahead of time. Get a head count of how many people you think will be coming. This will give you enough time to get the right amount of food and beverages. It will also let you know how many people you will have to cater to and entertain. This way, you can prepare dishes prior to the event and keep your party stress free. You should be prepared for every possible scenario so you can focus on entertaining your guests.
Be mindful of the tips mentioned above and you will be able to entertain your friends for years to come. Summertime is almost here, so gear up and prepare to start throwing your own backyard parties. You will be amazed at how much your friends will love coming to your house to party.