From The Patio Cooler To The Decorations: How To Plan The Perfect Backyard Party
Summer is winding down but there’s still time to stock up the patio cooler and throw the perfect backyard party. From tailgates to birthday parties, there are plenty of reasons to get family and friends together for a celebration. Here are a few tips to throw an unforgettable event for you and your friends.
1 - START YOUR PLAN
There are plenty of reasons to throw a party, whether it’s a luau or a barbecue. And sometimes, you throw a party just because you want to break in your new patio cooler. The first thing you need to do is pick a day and a time for your event. You should decide early on if you want a theme and how it will come to life, with costumes, music, decorations, and more.
2 - GET THE WORD OUT
The next thing you need to is invite people. In this day and age, you have many options for spreading the word: from hand written invitations to online invites to just simply sending out a mass text message. Remind people to RSVP so you can get an accurate headcount and plan accordingly. A few important things people will want to know when you invite them are: what time, what kind of attire is expected, and what to bring.
3 - DIVIDE AND CONQUER
When you’re planning a party, there’s a lot to do. So don’t be afraid to call in reinforcements to help get things squared away. Got a neighbor whose apple pie is amazing? Ask them to make it for the party. Need an extra garbage can or patio cooler? Don’t be afraid to borrow them. People are always willing to lend a hand when it comes to planning a good time.
4 - STOCK UP ON ICE
An outdoor party can never have enough ice so make sure you are well stocked. Whether it’s keeping the drinks cold inside the patio cooler or splashing into cocktails, ice is essential to any backyard gathering. Plus it’s an easy, affordable option to ask guests to bring.
5 - PULL UP A CHAIR… OR SEVERAL
Most backyard and patio set ups only have enough seating for a handful of people. So when there’s a party, you may need to bring out extra chairs from inside the house to accommodate everyone. You can also rent chairs or lay out blankets and towels to create a casual picnic vibe. Because eventually people will want to sit back and relax.
6 - DECORATE YOUR HEART OUT
Once you’ve stocked the patio cooler, planned the menu, and created the furniture arrangement, it’s time for the fun part: decorating. Your backyard can boast as much color and decor as the interior your home. Sculptures, landscaping, furniture coverings like pillows, and rugs can help add some pizazz to your backyard. And of course, you can always add streamers, balloons, and other fun decorations for your event.
7 - SET THE MOOD
Lighting and music can always help enhance a party. If your backyard party is a daytime event, then the sun will give you all the light you need. You just need to create a playlist of crowd pleasers. You can find music suggestions and themed playlists online, or make your own. Read the vibe of the party and keep the music at an appropriate volume. If you’re throwing a low key picnic, then you may not want to blast the dance music. Also, keep in mind that loud music carries directly in your neighbors’ yards.
When the sun goes down, string lights or lanterns can add a nice touch to your backyard party. They aren’t too bright and will provide just enough light to illuminate the event. And, if you live in an area prone to mosquitoes, you can get citronella candles and torches which not only help add mood lighting, but also keep the pesky bugs away.
8 - DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN
Proper planning solves everything when it comes to hosting a party. Remember that you are there to enjoy yourself in good company. So while you’re hanging the piñata or stocking up the patio cooler, don’t forget to have some fun, too.
With just a few tips and a well-laid plan, you can tackle any tailgate, perfect any party, and host a great outdoor event.