There is nothing quite like getting family and friends together for a party. Being able to bring the people you love all under one space to have the time of their lives is completely possible with some effort! Some foreknowledge on outdoor decorating ideas coupled with proper planning and time management are key elements to throwing that big bash. Here are some tips and tricks to making a memorable party:
Have a Theme in Mind
The first tip to throwing a great backyard party is to go with a theme. If you are celebrating a particular occasion such as a baby shower or engagement party, incorporate the theme with the event. Once you come up with a theme, ensure that your invitations and decorations fit. For example, if your birthday party has a superhero theme, use decor that matches the colors of the hero’s outfit. If your get-together takes place in the fall, use autumn colors including pumpkin orange, apple red and goldenrod yellow. Encourage guests to come dressed in themed colors or if appropriate, costumes. The food and drink served should closely match the theme or season of the party as well.
Maintain an Orderly Space
Decor should not be the only focus when it comes to appearances. To throw a great party, your space should be in order. Nothing is worse than having guests over and the place is a complete disaster. Not only is it embarrassing, but it brings down the quality experience as well. Grass should be kept trim, with weeds tended to and any debris picked up. Clean up any areas of the house that guests will be in. This includes the bathroom, kitchen and area of transition that guests will come in and out of. The cleaner the space, the more guests will feel welcomed and enjoy the presentation offered.
Any good party planner needs to be prepared not only for the best, but the worst as well. Be sure to plan far enough ahead in order to give yourself ample time to get things ready. That includes setting a date and sending out invitations early. This will give you a heads-up on how many people will be attending in the first place, allowing you to prepare accordingly. Always have a backup plan in case the elements work against you. You may want to consider investing in an awning patio cover or sturdy outdoor umbrella stand. Be sure to get enough food and drink to adequately meet the number of attendees. It is probably wise to err on the side of having extra just in case a few extra or unexpected guests show up.
Practicing mindfulness while planning goes a long way when it comes to throwing a great party. Consider the dietary restrictions and needs of your guests. If you are serving meat, be sure to have meatless alternatives for the vegetarians in your life. If you are aware of potential allergens or sensitivities your guests might have, such as peanuts or certain food dyes, it’s best to refrain from serving food or drink containing those ingredients. For the sake of your neighbors, encourage guests to park around the block or areas that don’t take resident slots while keeping any music played to a respectful level. It’s important to have fun, but it’s equally important to take others into consideration.
Most importantly, be sure to have fun in the process of planning and of course partying. Parties should be times where friends or family come together and enjoy each other’s company. A combination of mindfulness, consideration and creativity can help you have that shindig you’ve always dreamed of.