Summer is heating up and it’s time to throw a really great summer soiree. With the days lasting longer, it’s the perfect time to showoff your host or hostess skills. Some people love to plan parties, and the devil is in the details. If you ensure every aspect is accounted for before your guests arrive, you will be able to relax and enjoy a great evening with your friends and family, stress-free.
Timing is Everything
Since it’s event season, people are notoriously much busier so be sure you pick a date that doesn’t conflict with too many other functions. As it gets closer and closer to August when the kids are going back to school, life gets even more hectic as people try to cram everything into those few last coveted weekend days. Check your local papers for baseball games and other local activities that may effect people’s schedules or parking in your area.
Pick a Fun Theme
Whether it’s a luncheon or after-dinner drinks, the theme of the party sets the mood for the evening. Deciding if you have everyone dress up in his or her Sunday best or go Hamptons chic depends if it’s a daytime or nighttime affair. If you are planning on an evening get-together, you may wish to remind your guests to bring layers. It’s also important to have sufficient heating / fire elements
to keep everyone warm and toasty because summer nights can still get chilly.
Keep it seasonal – stick to brightly colored flowers and girly touches like votive candles and strings of lights. A well-appointed table dictates the tone of the event, whether it be a formal sit down meal or casual gathering. If you’re on a tight budget, there are some great DIY ideas with mason jars and garlands to add a rustic touch to your space. The best centerpiece is one of our outdoor firepits or fireplace mantels.
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Have a Signature Drink
Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for anything, but especially cocktails. Pick a color that goes with the theme, garnish it with a fruit that’s in season and it’s hard to go wrong. Just make sure there’s enough to go around because people will be asking for seconds. The worst faux pas is not having enough food or drinks so be sure to get a headcount beforehand so you make the right amount.