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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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9. Extension Cords
Make sure that any extension cords are pinned to the ground so no one trips and falls.
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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.
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If anyone is bringing kids, plan some activities for them as well, such as sprinkler games, water volleyball, etc.
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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.
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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.
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Bring the speakers outside, but don’t crank it so the whole neighborhood can hear the music. Play classic tunes that everyone loves.
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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.
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Make sure that there are plenty or garbage cans around so there is a place for people to toss paper plates, napkins, etc.
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