Easy Outdoor Party Prep for Party Throwers, Party Goers and even Party Forgoers
As the summer season comes upon us, we are all thinking of spending a lot more time outdoors. Some of you in warmer climates have been doing this for some time already. We may have something to learn from you.
For those of you in warmer climates, you may be the very fortunate ones this holiday season. You can still plan an outdoor holiday get together as the indoor ones are strongly advised against.
To be safe this year, if you are planning on having a holiday party, you definitely should do it outdoors. Here are some tips for doing just that – seeing family and friends – all while doing it safely and securely.
However, it may just be that some of us in cooler climates take this opportunity to be outside more often very seriously….and as a result, we are quite adept at making sure that it will be just right!
Regardless of whether you live in a warm or cold climate, outdoor parties are probably on the menu at this time of year. With the help of some statutory holidays for some much needed time off work, there is more time for party throwing and going.
For Party Throwers
Maybe you are the friend or family member who has the big backyard with a pool. You are sure to be or become the favorite outdoor hangout this summer – whether you have ad hoc get togethers with only a few friends or you have a Memorial Day party for family with many, many guests.
More than Just a Backyard Pool
Regardless of the size of the party, if you have the most popular yard in the neighborhood, you need to be prepared. Prepared, how you say? I already have a big yard and pool – what more do I need?
As you are probably aware, your guests will not just be enjoying a swim in your pool. They will most likely be eating and drinking also – after all, that is what makes a party.
Prepare yourself for these gatherings with some easy and carefree party essentials.
Opt for unbreakable dinnerware such as melamine plates and plastic cocktail cups . This way no-one, if they tend to get ‘silly’, will have an accident on your patio with a breakable plate or glass.
Holiday Melamine Dishes
For those of you who may be planning an outdoor holiday celebration, these semi-festive lodgey melamine dishes would be perfect. They would also be great for any time of the year for those of you who are lucky enough to spend summers at a log cabin, lodge or rustic cottage.
Outdoor Serving Platters and Trays
In order to move the food and drink easily and efficiently from inside to outside, use serving platters and caddies. For a hamburger and hot dog barbecue, a large tray will serve well to shuttle all of your condiments and fixings in one haul.
And as with most parties, there are drinks involved. Whether they are for the adults or the kids, you need to have a cool-ready cooler. You could have 2 coolers – one for the adult drinks – beers, coolers, and wine – and the second for the kids juice boxes and soda pop.
Comfortable Patio Seating
Now if you are that house with the coolest backyard, you probably already have some patio furniture. Just remember to set it up in an inviting way, like a conversation set, to keep your guests chatting and mingling all night long.
Add an Outdoor Area Rug
Make your space just like your indoor entertaining area with the addition of an area rug.
There is no easier way to pull together an entertaining space than with a large decorative area rug.
It is easy to see in the photo above just how the area rug works to create a more defined seating area within the very large pool patio space.
With the multitude of choices available today – in terms of style, size and outdoor use – you will have no problem finding the perfect area rug suitable for your outdoor patio.
Light Up Your Patio
Last but not least, if you plan to be out when the night falls, make sure to have some light in your backyard with the help of some fun and beautiful string lights to keep the party lit!
Incorporate an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit
If you live in an area which experiences cooler evenings, this may be the perfect solution in order to be able to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Not only will a fire pit or fireplace keep you warm outdoors at night, it will add a warm ambiance and atmosphere for just about any get together – just as it does when you light up your indoor fireplace in your home.
For Party Goers
So, you are going to a backyard party! Lucky you! You are the lucky one who gets invited to these backyard parties at the house with the best summer backyard. And of course, you are very appreciative of this.
Bring Some Drinks
To maintain your status, show your appreciation, and keep the invites rolling in, never arrive empty handed! Bring some drinks not only for yourself, but for other guests as well. Here is an idea: for the mixologists, bring a beverage dispenser full of your homemade Sangria mix – a perfectly light and fresh drink for a summer afternoon bbq and swim.
Bring a Dessert
If you choose to share a dessert, make sure that it is well presented. Bring your dessert on a beautiful, non-breakable dessert tray. Depending on how many times you frequent these backyard parties, you may want to leave it for your gracious hosts.
Pack Some Outdoor Games
For those serious gamers out there – you know who you are – maybe you own – or would like to own – some outdoor party games. Cornhole, beer pong, bocce, or other outdoor games? Bring them along to the party. I am sure you will have plenty of takers…not to mention the fun you will have.
Pack a Portable Lawn Chair
And let’s not forget one of the most important things that you may want to bring to an outdoor backyard party – your own lawn chair – a folding one preferably. Your party hosts may be supplying the food, drinks and location but, depending on the size of the party, it may be a BYOC – Bring your own chair. Obviously, it is best to be a folding portable lawn chair so that it can be easily transported – unless, of course you have a large truck.
For Party Forgoers
Whaaaaaaat? You have no party to go to? Or maybe you just prefer to relax at home?
Comfortable Patio Seating
Whatever the case, you should be enjoying the peace and comfort of your own backyard or patio space – with your own personal patio party. Why not freshen it up with some new patio furniture, or just new cushions for your existing patio set.
Extend Your Time Outdoors with Patio Lights
You may opt for some new patio lights. Lighting your deck or patio makes it not only safe at night but, makes for much more allowable time spent there.
Patio Furniture Accessories
The only warning for you, the party forgoer, is that if you freshen up your outdoor space and patio furniture too much, your backyard may become the best backyard for a party in the neighborhood! In this case, go back to section 1, The Party Thrower.