Eight Things You Need to Prepare for Backyard Party
Summer is upon us. And do you know what that means? Yes, you can now host a backyard party for friends, colleagues, and neighbors. And you will be able to showcase your cooking skills!
But before you decide on which dish you would want to serve to your guests, shouldn’t you list down the things you need for the party first?
Let’s face it: people won’t come to your party if you don’t have food. It is, after all, the cornerstone of any summer party. And you will need a grill in order to come up with mouthwatering barbeque, grilled fish and grilled chicken, among others.
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And once you have prepped the grill, don’t forget to lay out all the grilling tools you would need. This should spare you from having to look for things, which can distract you when your guests are already in your place.
Plates and cups
And because people will come to your party to eat and enjoy your wonderful dishes, you should also have enough plates and cups for them.
While wine glasses and ceramic plates are ideal for dinner parties, do you really want to clean up in case a guest accidentally drops them to the floor? I suggest you stock up on plastic plates and cups so that there won’t be any worries at all.
Your guests may be raving about the blueberry and oat loaf cake that you baked, or the fried marinated pork with herb butter that you served.
But if you don’t have enough seats for them, you would likely be bidding goodbye to them after an hour or so.
If you invited 25 guests to your party and you only have five patio chairs, then you should assess your indoor furniture and see how you can keep your guests comfortable.
The easiest option is to bring the dining chairs outside. You may also want to rent folding chairs, which aren’t that expensive at all. You would also be able to rent other things you will need for the party like coolers, tableware and grill.
Or you may want to spread some pretty quilts on the ground. Perhaps your guests would be open to gathering picnic-style.
Outdoor soirees are best held in the evening up to the wee hours of the morning. With temperatures soaring during the summer, I wouldn’t really recommend having a barbeque party in the afternoon.
Thus you should have ambient lighting for your outdoor party. You don’t need to spend a lot for this. Simply hang strings of lights on the fence or deck.
A Clean, Mosquito-Free Yard
Mosquitoes tend to flourish when the weather gets hotter. Your guests will really leave your party if there are lots of mosquitoes in your area.
To ensure that your yard is mosquito free, you should get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed. A week before the big day, you should empty out the rain gutters and kiddie pool. You must also get rid of any rainwater that has been collected in the bottoms of pots.
Plugging in an electric fan can also do wonders. A fan set on low can create enough airflow to keep the mosquitoes away, especially in a small area.
You can also set up decorative citronella candles. Or perhaps offer mosquito repellent for your guests.
A fire pit can keep the party you’re hosting going up to the wee hours, and long after the last bottle of wine has been consumed. It is also where your guests can gather around to share stories.
Of course, remember to keep the fire small. You must also keep the fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structure.
When the nights are hot, expect your guests to ask for cold drinks every minute. And that could mean countless trips to the kitchen, right?
But if you have a cooler, then you don’t have to open the fridge every now and then. Look for a sturdy cooler that can hold plenty of beer, water, soda and other refreshments you want to provide for your guests. A cooler should keep the beverages ice-cold until the end of the party.
If you’re planning to buy cooler worthed your money, even what the cooler you will choose is a normal or high-end one, I suggest you to choose a bottle cap opener attached to it. This should spare your guests from looking for a way to open their beverages.
Finally, make sure that you pick the right music for your party. You can use apps like Spotify if you’re not sure what type of music to play for your outdoor soiree. And do have a portable speaker available.