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Tips for Hosting A Backyard Summer Party

June 16, 2022

Name a more iconic duo than summer and backyard parties? Whether last minute or a long-weekend bash, impromptu barbecue party or stylish garden party, these get-togethers are a terrific way to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends. To help you plan the perfect backyard summer party, we’re counting down our top 5 tips:

Tip #1 Getting Started with Backyard Summer Party Planning

This first step sets the pace for the rest of your party, so it’s important to hit the ground running! Start by determining your date and approximate guest list, as with these big-picture items resolved, you can now focus on the details, such as how many tables and chairs you’ll need and how to best set them up in your space! 

To minimize the handwashing traffic in and out of your house and avoid the array of scattered shoes at the door, think of renting a hand sanitizing station for your guests to use before and after eating - it can also help to increase the comfort level of visitors. 

Tip #2 Pick Your Theme & Decor

The trick to any successful summer outdoor party is in the details. Ever heard the phrase “the proof is in the pudding?” Well, in the case of backyard summer parties, the proof is in the decor! 

Think cafe string lights, colourful paper lanterns, chalkboard stands with summer messages, floral archways and votive hanging candles to set the mood and get your garden party or backyard barbecue started. Of course, should you have a particular theme in mind, we’d love to help you make it a reality!

Tip #3 What Is Everyone Eating?

The best backyard summer party has plenty of food because hangry guests are not fun guests! Plus, it adds to that community feeling of sitting down and having a meal with friends and family, joking and catching up if you haven’t seen each other in a while!

Whether it’s a potluck where everyone has to bring their special something or a barbecue where you have a designated grill master, having a good grill and propane tanks on hand is key to prep food and keep it warm! 

You’ll also want to stock up on serving utensils and platters because presentation is key!. If you’re planning on letting people pick away throughout the evening, a heat lamp and chafing dish are also handy additions to keep food at a good temperature. 

Tip #4 Keep It Cool

Part of the attraction of a summer backyard party is that it’s a terrific way to beat the heat! Set up under big trees in your backyard or rent a few tents to provide shade and keep guests cool and comfortable. Plugging in a cooling system like an event misting fan will also help generate some breezy airflow.

Pro Tip: Fans are great at keeping bugs away, so plug them in near the food!

Nothing beats a cold refreshing drink on a warm day and a large galvanized tub filled with ice and your choice of beverages doubles as chic rustic decor. You also can’t deny the joys of a snow cone machine for kids of all ages!

For a fun addition, grab a punch bowl and mix up your own cocktail for guests to enjoy! 

Tip #5 Fun for Everyone 

Throwing a backyard summer party is all about making sure it is fun for everyone! Think of outdoor entertainment at your backyard barbeque like a slip-n’ side and remind your friends to bring their swimsuits, or set up your favourite outdoor backyard lawn games to get the competition started. For a more regal, garden-party-themed pursuit, how about croquet?

If you’ve got kids and adults coming, think of grabbing a few disposable cameras and letting the kids be your party's photographers - a highly accredited job and a great way to capture all your memories! 

With all of this in mind, you are set to host a garden party or backyard barbeque to go down in summer party history! We are happy to help bring your backyard party dreams to life and make it an unforgettable experience. Head to our catalogue or give us a call and let's get this party started!

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