I love throwing parties, especially in the summer! There’s something so freeing about having a party outside. But it can also be stressful: You want everything to look perfect, and you want everyone to have fun. To help you plan your next outdoor event, here are 10 tips:
Set the mood with lighting.
Lighting is an essential element for any party. It can set the mood and make all the difference in your outdoor event. Whether you want to create a romantic, relaxing or fun atmosphere for your guests, lighting will help you achieve it.
Lighting can be used to set the stage for an outdoor party from start to finish: from when guests arrive until they leave at night’s end. If you have a large space where people will be gathering during cocktail hour (like in front of a fireplace), consider using dimmer switches so that guests can control how much light they get on their faces as they talk and mingle with each other. You might also want to put up some low-voltage string lights around trees or along walkways leading up toward your house or backyard—these look great when illuminated by firelight later on in the evening!
Stagger dinner. Stagger the time of your party. Wherever you are, stagger your guests and the time of the party by an hour or two. This will keep people from feeling like they arrive too early or too late, which can be awkward and uncomfortable!
Make a plan for seating.
Once you have a plan for your food, drink and entertainment, it’s time to think about the seating.
Make sure there is enough space in the yard for everyone to sit comfortably without getting in anyone else’s way. If you’re going to have people gather around a table, make sure there is room for everyone at that table with their plates of food and drinks. Keep in mind that some guests might want to sit under shelter from the sun—especially if they are elderly or young children who need shade! Also keep in mind that people often like to watch what’s happening on stage or by the fire pit from afar rather than sitting right next to it.
Keep the food and drinks flowing.
To make sure your guests are comfortable, it’s important to make sure there are enough places for them to sit. You don’t want people standing around awkwardly all night! Also, remember that if you’re serving spicy food, it’s better for everyone if you let them know about this in advance.
And if your party is going to last all day, remember that ice is crucial! You don’t want your drinks getting warm or flat before everyone has had a chance to enjoy them. Also consider how many glasses and cutlery you’ll need—you don’t want to run out halfway through the party!
Put up a tent.
A tent is a great way to create a separate space for your party. If you’re having an outdoor event and want to keep the rain or heat at bay, then this is the perfect solution! You can use it as a dining area, or even turn it into a dance floor. Tents are also great if you just want some privacy with your friends but don’t want to hide behind closed doors.
Provide some shade.
- Provide some shade.
This is the most important tip of all. If you can’t provide shade for your guests, your party will be a miserable failure. Guests need to relax in the shade, eat in the shade, play in the shade, drink in the shade, dance in the shade…and sleep if they have to (which they might if it’s too hot). You should have at least one large umbrella over each table and another over every group of lawn chairs or benches that are being used by guests. In addition to providing much-needed relief from heat during outdoor events like this one, umbrellas also keep bugs away—an added benefit!
Serve ice cream cones by the pool.
If you’re looking to serve ice cream cones by the pool, here are some tips:
- Put the cones in a cupcake tin. It’ll keep them upright and make it easier for guests to grab them as they pass by.
- Use a small scoop to fill the cones with ice cream—you don’t want any overflow!
- You can use a small spatula for this step instead of a spoon if that’s what you have on hand; just be sure not to overfill your cones or they may fall over when guests pick them up from their spots in the cupcake tin!
- Use another small spatula (or even just an ordinary teaspoon) to scoop out excess ice cream so that every bite has room for toppings like sprinkles or whipped cream (both of which we recommend trying out).
Don’t forget the sunscreen.
It’s important to remember to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and can help prevent sunburns and skin cancer. When it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, SPF is a measurement of how well a particular product prevents UVB rays from burning the skin. The higher the SPF number on your sunscreen bottle, the more protection you’ll have against UVB rays.
Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours—or more often if you’re swimming or sweating a lot. Reapply after towel drying, even if it seems like there isn’t any excess moisture in your towel! Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin: Face, ears, neck (underneath collars), hands and arms are especially important places to pay attention to when applying sunscreen because they receive significant amounts of sunlight year-round regardless of how hot or cold it is outside! You should also apply lotion onto those areas as well because they tend not be covered by clothing (like say…sweatpants)…
Create the perfect playlist.
In order to create the perfect playlist, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure your playlist is long enough. An hour-long set can seem like an eternity when you’re trying to keep up with the energy of your guests, so make sure it’s long enough to hold attention for at least 2 hours. Secondly, be aware of how loud or soft each song will be on its own—you don’t want something too loud as an intro track because then everything else will sound too quiet by comparison! Finally, make sure that all tracks are appropriate for both the occasion and location (and crowd).
Be flexible about plans!
Be flexible! Be willing to change things up, be willing to make adjustments, and be willing to make changes to the plan.
For example, if it rains all day one day before your party and you’re stuck indoors for whatever reason (we’ve all been there), don’t panic! You can still have a great time and throw a fantastic party with an indoor picnic theme. Don’t let Mother Nature get in your way!
These tips will ensure your next party is fun and stress-free!
You’re throwing an outdoor party, and you want to make sure it goes off without a hitch. To do that, there are several things you can do.
- Make sure you have all of the supplies necessary for your event. For example, if you’re hosting a barbecue at your house and you don’t have enough chairs or tables for all of your guests, then make arrangements to borrow some from friends or family members who live nearby.
- Plan ahead as much as possible so that when the day arrives, everything is taken care of and ready to go!
- Have a backup plan in case something unexpected happens (like rain on the day of). If your backyard has been rained on recently then consider moving inside until it dries out again; otherwise don’t worry about being inside because this could actually be better since everyone will still be able to enjoy themselves while staying dry!
So, there you have it. Whether you’re planning an outdoor party or just want to be prepared for the next one, these tips should help you bring your vision to life. Remember that the most important thing is to keep things fun and relaxed—most of these ideas can be adjusted as needed, so don’t worry if something doesn’t go exactly as planned!