Birthdays, a big ball game or just plain boasting – any excuse for throwing a house party is as good as another in our book. But, before you get the guests in you’ll need to plan ahead. After all, you don’t just want to host any old party do you? You want to aim high and host the perfect party.
With that in mind, here are some things to consider:
Clean and tidy: It’s your party and you will be on show. When it comes to an outdoor party, that means getting your garden trimmed and looking at its best and generally having a clean up. There’s no point having a stunning pool deck and not getting it looking at its best for the occasion.
The guest list: Who will be there? Get the right mix of people – and the right number – for the best atmosphere. Give them plenty of notice too.
The music: No party is complete without a cracking playlist. Get a good selection on – something to suit all of your guests – to set the right mood. If you’re stuck, the internet is full of suggestions for your perfect outdoor party.
Entertainment: Don’t just stop at the music though. Make sure your guests have got something else to keep them entertained. If you’ve got a swimming pool, this is its moment. If you’re prepared to spend, why not go for this amazing outdoor pool table? It’ll be a great focal point for the party.
The food: Fire up the barbecue, it’s time for some serious smoked meat. Burgers, sausages, ribs should all be on the menu. Don’t forget to cater for any vegetarians too and get ready for some s’mores when you’re ready for a sweet treat.
The drink: Then you’ll need something to wash it all down. Be creative and offer a wide variety of drinks. You also need to think of those who don’t drink – or who might be driving. Soft drinks don’t need to be dull – you could even whip up a few non-alcoholic cocktails if you wish.
The neighbors: What about the neighbors? If you get on really well and want them to come on over and join the party, that’s great, just pop them an invite. If not, it’s important to let them know that you’ve got a party planned. That way they might be a little more forgiving if you and your guests make a noise when you’re out enjoying yourself.
The weather: You might not be able to ask Mother Nature to play ball but you can plan ahead. If it’s the summer, make sure you’ve got some shade. If it’s going to be chilly, blankets and campfires are the order of the day.
The pictures: Want to make a night you’ll truly remember? Get it on camera so that you can capture the memories and re-live them. Have some fun with creative pictures and video and you’ll be smiling about your party for years to come.