Planning an outdoor party can be fun yet stressful when you’re deciding on what to include and not to include. You want to make memories that will last a lifetime and shows the appreciation for the people in your life. By following these seven simple steps, you will be on the path towards having a successful outdoor party for all of your guests to enjoy.
Set the Scene
All outdoor spaces, no matter what they look like, give the first impression to people when they visit. Set your outdoor scene with paper lanterns, table linens, and fresh flowers. Place a beverage station so guests can help themselves along with adding cushions or pillows to make chairs comfy. By including these simple touches, your guests will happily stay around longer in conversation.
Pick a Palette
The same rule of three primary colors towards selecting an indoor color scheme outdoors as well. Pick three colors that you would think pair well with your surroundings and couple with accessories like napkins, place cards, paper pom-poms, and pennants or balloons.
Make a Splash
If you have a pool, then use it at your next outdoor party! It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Guests can tend to forget to bring pool necessities like sunscreen, goggles, towels, and ear plugs so it’s best to have several of these items on hand. It doesn’t hurt to throw in ice-cold beverages like lemonade (perhaps pink if you’re a daredevil) or water or both.
Have Enough Seats
First, assess your indoor furniture and decide which chairs you can bring outside if needed. The best chairs for the outdoors are wooden and metal chairs because they are more forgivable with weather circumstances.
Second, if you realize you don’t have enough chairs or the right type of furniture to bring outdoors, your next best option would be to rent chairs. It ’s more cost-efficient than buying chairs that you may never use again. Folding chairs start as low as $2 a piece, and many vendors will even drop off and pick up.
Build a DIY Buffet
Everyone loves buffets so why not have one at your next outdoor party? Buffets are an easy way to serve your guests’ food, and they can come and go as they please. The best part is your guests can help themselves. According to Brian Flynn, if your short on tabletops try this trick: lay a hollow-core door or thick piece of plywood over evenly-spaced sawhorses, cover with fabric and there you go! This one trick can be the building foundation towards creating a beautiful buffet table with plenty of space to serve guests.
Continue your party into the night with strings of light encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or suspended over cables hanging over your guests’ heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns can be alternative options if your home doesn’t have outdoor light sockets.
Creating a fun yet functioning outdoor scene for guests to gather can be time-consuming and stressful but in the end rewarding. Following these seven simple steps can lead to a successful outdoor party for everyone to enjoy and build meaningful memories to hold onto for years to come.