It’s fun to have casual get-togethers with good friends and good food outdoors during summer. But if you’re the one hosting the party, you might find yourself going down the rabbit hole of finding elaborate party ideas and recipes that, in theory, seem nice but end up turning the whole party into a nuisance. You’ll end up tired, stressed out, and regret ever deciding to throw a party.
Fortunately, if you’re not yet adept at throwing summer parties, we’ve got the basics of hosting them covered. So, if you’re looking for tips on throwing a summer party without all the fuss, this is for you!
Stick With a Theme
Going with a theme is a surefire and easy way to make sure your party is one for the books. Don’t torment yourself over matching every piece of drinkware, flatware, and serving ware, but keep the look consistent by picking an overarching motif. Use modern and sleek pieces for a striking tabletop, or go for various shabby-chic elements for a rustic touch. Another easy way to have everything looking sharp is by choosing a color palette (such as primary colors or monochrome) for a table setting that pops.
Keep The Event Casual
There are many ways to approach throwing a summer party. Sure it’s lovely to have a starlit, elegant sit-down dinner party, but your guests will like things being kept casual just as much.
A comfortable party with good friends and good food will be just as hard to forget as anything else you could arrange, and it might even save your sanity.
Select the Perfect Menu
Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for six or feeding 30 people, your party menu is the one thing your guests will remember. For smaller, intimate get-togethers, go for cuts of meat that elevate the swish factor. But if you’re hosting a large crowd, you can keep it simple with everyone’s favorite handheld foods—ribs, burgers, and hotdogs.
Not everything has to be made from scratch. Feel free to order pre-made food and enhance it a little. Also, don’t stress yourself about serving food at a fancy table; you can have your food set up indoors buffet style and let your guests help themselves.
Most of your guests will offer their help, so don’t be shy about asking them to bring drinks, salad, or dessert. Allocating the work is perfectly fine.
Serve Refreshing Drinks
Keep your guests hydrated with an assortment of refreshing beverages. Mix your own ices or fruit juices, or stir up a pitcher of iced tea or homemade lemonade. If you’re planning to serve a pitcher of water, dress it up with some fresh orange, berry, and cucumber slices.
Who doesn’t like playing a game in the backyard? If you have enough space for it, try setting up a net for an exciting badminton or volleyball match. Or, you can bring back the classics like croquet and lawn bowling to get your guests to have fun.
Set Up Conversation Zones
People usually flock to areas where there’s food, so set the stage for conversations between your guests by setting up conversation pits with cozy chairs and tables adorned with trays filled with your favorite snacks.
Set the Mood with An Amazing Playlist
A fantastic playlist is an excellent way of providing instant ambiance to any party. Pair your fillet mignon with cool jazz music, or get your large party started by compiling a mix of everyone’s favorite summer jams.
Gather Around the Fire Pit
Does your house have a fire pit? Treat your guests to a taste of cottage life in your backyard with smores kits (baskets of sticks, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers) and ghost stories. You can also throw in some plates and napkins just in case. That way, your guests can make their own smores without waiting for you to pull out everything.
Light the Night Up
Don’t let the night stop you from having fun at your party. Keep it going straight into the evening with an assortment of dazzling lights. From the eco-friendly solar lamps and twinkle lights to the warm glow of votive candles and lanterns, your even will still shine long after the sun disappears.
Keep the Bugs at Bay
There’s nothing worse than going to a party and getting bothered by mosquitoes and flies. No matter how delicious your food and refreshing your drinks are if your guests keep getting swarmed by bugs, all they’ll remember is how they itch for days after your event.
Be sure to squash any gate crashing flies and mosquitoes with strategically placed netting and various bug zappers. Also, protect your guests from mosquito bites that can transmit fatal diseases such as West Nile Virus, chikungunya virus, Zika virus, and more by calling in pest control before the event to have your yard treated for mosquitoes.
Aside from pest control services, there are other ways to help handle mosquitoes. You can drain water from buckets, toys, gutters, and other containers. Also, you can install outdoor ceiling fans to help keep the pesky bugs away. In addition, consider switching your outdoor lights with fluorescent lights, as mosquitoes tend to get attracted by incandescent light. Mosquitoes thrive in moisture and warmth, so your summer party is a top target for them.