Summer is just around the corner. Not only does that mean longer days and warmer temperatures, but it means getting together with the people you love. After a year where a pandemic took over nearly everything, spending time with people is something we can all look forward to!
So, if you want to do some summer entertaining this year, you’re certainly not alone. But, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead, so you won’t feel overwhelmed or stressed when you actually decide to throw a party.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for summer entertaining, even early on. Let’s go over a few tips that will make party planning easier so you can enjoy yourself and your company by making the most of your backyard space.
1. Create a Concept
While your party doesn’t necessarily have to have a theme, it can be a lot of fun to create one. Plus, once you have a concept in mind, it will be easier to decorate and plan out what kind of food you’ll need.
Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun with your theme ideas. You might consider a cocktail party, or a “beach” theme for something more casual. Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can send out invitations, informing your guests of what to expect, what they should wear, etc. Because people are itching to get out and have fun, it’s more than likely that everyone will be excited about the idea of something different and exciting.
2. Prepare Your Yard and Deck
Now is the perfect time to start cleaning up your yard for the summer. That includes cleaning up your lawn, trimming back bushes, and maybe planting some flowers or shrubs. If you’re stumped on creative landscaping ideas, you can find plenty of inspiration online. If you’re not skilled in landscaping, hiring a service is one of the best things you can do to make sure the job is done correctly.
Additionally, if you have a deck, consider using deck cleaning professionals to make sure it’s in good shape for your party. Chances are, that’s where your guests will spend most of their time. Keeping your deck in top shape is important. Not only will it look better, but keeping it clean will help to extend its longevity.
3. Don’t Forget the Inside
Even when your party is primarily outdoors, remember that it’s still at your home and you’re still the host. People will need to come into your house to use the bathroom, get into the kitchen, or even walk through it to get to the yard.
So, don’t ignore your home interior completely when you’re planning an outdoor party. Do a little cleaning up beforehand, especially in the bathrooms and any other area where your guests might go. It’s a simple, last-minute thing that can make a big difference in how comfortable your guests feel.
Obviously, there are so many additional things to cover when it comes to planning a summer party. Hopefully, these “small” ideas will make planning your outdoor get-together easier than ever, so you can enjoy yourself and your guests.