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16 Tips for an Effortless Summer Outdoor Party

16 Tips for an Effortless Summer Outdoor Party

Summer may be nearly over, but there is still time for at least a few more fun summer outdoor parties before the cooler weather hits. You have plenty of time to plan the summer party to end all summer parties, and you can make sure that you and your guests have loads of fun with the following 16 party planning tips.

1. Set a Date

Before planning a party, it is a good idea to contact everyone you plan on inviting to make sure that they are going to be available.
Resource to help you: The Kitchn

2. Set a Time

Every party has its stragglers, and once the meal is done, you likely won’t feel like firing up the barbecue to cook more food. Make sure that everyone knows what time you plan on serving food, so hungry guests will be sure to arrive on time.
Resource to help you: NeedToMeet

3. Send Invitations

These days, people tend to be informal, but it is still nice to receive an actual printed invitation to a party. It shows your guests that you have actually put some thought into it, and that you really want them there.
Resource to help you: Evite

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4. Rain Date

You never know what the weather is going to be like. Heck, most of the time the weatherman doesn’t even get it right! Make sure that you have a rain date planned, so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there will still be a party.
Resource to help you: HGTV

5. Ask about Allergies

To ensure everyone has a great time, ask if your guests have any food allergies so you can be sure to prepare foods they can enjoy.
Resource to help you: AAAAI

6. Proper Attire

No one likes to show up at a party under or over-dressed. Make sure that the invitation specify what kind of party it is. If you are having a pool party, let everyone know that bathing suits and flip-flops are perfect attire.
Resource to help you: Emily Post

7. Bathroom Facilities

It is a lot easier to rent a port-a-potty than it is to have people traipsing through your home all night to use the rest room.
Resource to help you: PortaPotty

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8. Seating

Most of us don’t have enough lawn chairs for more than a half a dozen people or so. You have a couple of options for seating. You can rent chairs for the party, or if it is a really informal event, make sure that the invitations tell guests to bring their own lawn chairs.
Resource to help you: Party Rental LTD

9. Extension Cords

Make sure that any extension cords are pinned to the ground so no one trips and falls.
Resource to help you: Brit+Co

10. Lighting

It is getting darker earlier now, so you need to make sure that you have plenty of lighting for a nighttime party. There are all kinds of great ways to light up an outdoor party. Patio lanterns are always a great choice, and another option is to use strings of white holiday lights.
Resource to help you: Pinterest

11. Kids

If anyone is bringing kids, plan some activities for them as well, such as sprinkler games, water volleyball, etc.
Resource to help you: Activity Village

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12. Decorations

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on decorations for your party. Hit up your local dollar store for fun items such as paper globes, table cloths, etc. A piñata is great decorative item that is fun as well.
Resource to help you: Babble

13. Mosquitoes

No summer party is complete without mosquitoes, but you can keep them at bay. Make sure there is no standing water, plug in fans, use citronella candles, and offer bug wipes to your guests.
Resource to help you: The Family Handyman

14. Music

Bring the speakers outside, but don’t crank it so the whole neighborhood can hear the music. Play classic tunes that everyone loves.
Resource to help you: Last FM

15. Keep Cool

Have hand-held fans for your guests to help them stay cool, as well as some cold compresses and plenty of ice.
Resource to help you: Apartment Therapy

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16. Cleanup

Make sure that there are plenty or garbage cans around so there is a place for people to toss paper plates, napkins, etc.
Resource to help you: Oh Happy Day

Featured photo credit: Patrick via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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