Summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining, and a backyard party can be a great way to bring friends and family together for some fun in the sun. However, planning and setting up everything is easier said than done.
There is a lot more to a great party than just putting out a few chairs. After all, you want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves as much as possible.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great tips to help! Below we are going to take a look at just seven of them so that you can be the ultimate host!
Sound interesting? Then let’s get started.
Set a theme
Setting up a backyard party with a theme in mind can add an extra layer of enjoyment for your guests. Alongside this, it will make it easier for you to organize everything if it has to fit into a certain category.
It can be as simple as a color scheme, a standard costume party, or something more elaborate, such as a specific movie or television show. You can get creative with decorations, food, and even activities.
A few of the most popular themes include:
• Hawaiian Luau
• Trivia/Game Night
• Pirate Party
• Masquerade Ball
• Throwback (80s, 70s, 60s, etc)
Plan enough seating
Having enough seating for your guests is essential. There should be enough chairs and tables so that everyone has a place to sit.
If you don’t have enough of your own, consider renting them if you’re expecting a larger crowd. You could even place down some blankets or cushions to make your backyard more inviting.
If you’re existing chairs require some TLC, these replacement outdoor cushions will get them back into great shape. You won’t have to buy new furniture, which saves you extra cash.
Create a delicious menu
Everyone enjoys a good meal, and having delicious food can enhance the experience of your backyard party. Plan the menu well in advance so that you can get all ofthe groceries organized.
If you’re having a BBQ, make sure you have the proper amount of meat, sides, and appetizers to feed your guests. If your party is more relaxed, create a snack bar with finger foods and sweet treats.
Of course, if you’re looking to cut down on food expenses, ask everyone to bring a plate! You get to sample everyone’s cooking and there is less work involved for yourself.
Ensure there is plenty of lighting
If you’re planning on having your party last into the evening, lighting is crucial. Create a cozy atmosphere with string lights and lanterns.
They add ambiance, but they also serve as practical lighting for your guests. Just be sure to have some mosquito coils/bug repellent handy, as they like to come out when the sun goes down!
Consider setting up some backyard games
If you really want to keep your guests entertained, don’t forget to set up a few great outdoor games. Classics like cornhole and Twister are always popular, but there are plenty of other favorites to choose from such as:
• Giant Jenga/Connect 4/Chess
• Tug of War
• Garden Bowling
You could even set up a DIY photobooth with fun props. Guests will be able to take their own photos for a special memory of the great night.
Have background music ready
Music can make or break a party so be sure to set the mood with a playlist that suits the vibe of your party. Consider playing some classics that everyone will know the words to or stick to a genre that matches your theme.
Be sure to have the volume at the right level so your guests can still talk comfortably. You also want to be mindful of your neighbors to avoid any complaints.
Be prepared for unexpected weather
Lastly, even if the forecast looks perfect, it’s always important to be prepared for unexpected weather. Have a plan in place in case you have to set up/move everything inside.
If the weather is hot, consider putting a few fans out and have plenty of cold drinks on hand to help everyone stay cool. You might also invest in a blow-up pool and ask everyone to bring their swimmers too!
A backyard party is a great way to enjoy time together, but you should always organize it in advance. By following these tips, you can create an unforgettable experience that your guests will love. Good luck!