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5 Tips On Throwing an Outdoor Party

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Event Company: Next time you decide to throw a party, consider having it outdoors. As the warmer months approach, it’s fun to take advantage of the nicer weather and dine al fresco with your favorite people. And when the temperature drops, get a fire pit and have plenty of blankets available so everyone can stay comfy.

Whether you have a patio, screened-in porch, or a backyard pool, you’ll be able to enjoy some fresh air and a wide-open space as you mill about and chat with your guests. There's something about being outside with friends you enjoy that brings out the fun in people. Here are some ideas to help make your life easier when you throw your next outdoor party.

1. Make A List

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Keep a running list of everything you’ll need to do and check it off as you accomplish each task. Include your grocery list, beverage list, music, games, setup, and whatever else is needed for the outdoor event company.

Your lists should be easy to alter so you can add things as you think of them. Also, have a guest list and put a mark by people's names when they accept or decline.

2. Invitations

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Even for an informal outdoor event, it’s a good idea to send out some type of invitation. It can be sent through snail mail, email, or even a phone call or text message.

You’ll want to be specific with the date, time, and location where the event company will be held. Include the type of party, whether it's a pool party, outdoor bbq, birthday party, etc. Add in a quick note on the food being served, so your guests know if it's appetizers or a meal. Jot down any special information if your guests should bring anything, such as a swimsuit and towel, a dish to pass, or BYOB. If you're planning to play outdoor games, include that too, so your guests will know to wear more casual clothes and comfortable shoes.

Be sure to request an RSVP so you know how many people to plan for.

3. Menu Considerations

Planning a menu for an outdoor party doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Offer a buffet with a variety of food options such as vegan or gluten-free to make sure everyone can have something they enjoy.

Another thing you may want to consider is having a potluck. It gives your guests an opportunity to share their best dishes. Serve the food buffet style so you don't have to serve everyone.

Have a way to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Position the serving table near an electrical outlet for food warming trays. Place a shallow pan of ice beneath platters of items that need to be kept cold.

Round out the meal with an assortment of desserts. Cookies, fresh fruit, or other simple finger food desserts that are easy to eat are good choices.

4. Beverages

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The best hosts offer a variety of beverages to their guests. If you choose to serve alcohol, also provide some nonalcoholic options for those who choose not to imbibe or consume less alcohol. There is also nothing wrong with having a BYOB set up since everyone has specific preferences.

Put your beverage station in a different location from the food area. This can prevent a bottleneck when everyone is trying to get something to drink and eat. Have a cooler or ice chest filled with enough ice nearby.

5. Seating For An Outdoor Party

Provide plenty of seating for everyone. You can use a variety of seats from your patio set, lawn chairs, and folding chairs as long as they are in a secure position and on a level surface. Another option if the lawn is dry is to have blankets for those who are willing to sit on the ground.

If you don't have enough chairs to seat everyone for the event company, don't hesitate to ask friends if they can bring some over to help accommodate all the guests that are attending.

H/T: Thespruce

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