How To Host a Successful Summer Party

By keeping these tips in mind, you'll be more likely to host a successful summer party that will have people talking about it for many summers to come.

When the sun is high in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise, there isn’t much better than gathering your friends and family and hosting a summer barbecue or pool party. Of course, hosting a party is a lot of hard work. Creating a plan and sticking to it is essential for ensuring you host a summer party that is fun, successful, and as stress-free for you as possible.

Create the Right Mood

Whether you host a casual summer gathering or a themed party, setting the right mood is important and starts well before the party guests arrive. First, think about whether you’d like a theme. You can go all out with a fun summer costume party, choose a dress code or color palette that allows your guests to get creative, or even assign a specific theme or topic to each person to increase the chances of variation in creativity. 

Inviting the right people is essential for ensuring everyone has a good time as well. Think about the different types of people in your life and how they might get along. For example, if your friends or family tend to get a bit wild when they’re drinking at a social gathering, you may not want to invite your conservative boss. Invite people who tend to bring good energy to social gatherings and who won’t be exclusionary of your other guests. When telling people about the party, mention some of the other people you expect to attend, which gives them a good idea about what type of vibe to expect. 

Serve a Wide Variety of Food

Providing a wide variety of food and drink is essential for ensuring all of your guests have things they can enjoy. Of course, you need the barbecue basics of burgers, hot dogs, sodas, and adult beverages, but it goes beyond that as well. Ask your guests if they have any food allergies or sensitivities and label food accordingly to ensure that everybody stays safe. If you’re buying and making the food yourself, prep as much as you can in the days before the party to make the day of the party easier for you to handle. It also helps to ask a few people if they’re willing to help man the grill and handle the kitchen. Of course, there’s also the idea of catering. This is especially helpful if you want a non-traditional menu, such as catering healthy food that is as delicious as it is good for your body. 

Handle Logistics as Early as Possible

What are the logistics of the party venue? Some people have anxiety about new places or situations, so consider whether there’s anything about your home that you’d want to know beforehand if you were a first-time visitor. This means letting them know what time you think people will begin arriving, whether there is street parking, and whether they need to bring anything. Other things to consider are whether you’ll need sleeping space in case anyone enjoys a few too many drinks or if you’d like to make a clear boundary that guests shouldn’t invite other people without asking you first. 

Provide Enough Entertainment

Some people are perfectly happy to sit around a picnic table, listen to music, and talk to other party guests. Other people will have more fun if there are other entertainment options available. Popular summer party games include horseshoes, cornhole, and croquet. Other options are to set up sprinklers or pools, put up a volleyball net, or start a game of whiffle ball. Remember to have plenty of kids’ toys around if children are invited. Incorporating themed inflatables for the pool or floaties can entertain kids as well and add an extra element of fun to your summer party. Fully customized pool float designs can perfectly align with your preferences and can even be printed with the names of the guests or any special message that you want to convey. Not only do they serve as vibrant and eye-catching decorations that complement the overall theme of your event, but they also serve as safety tools for those enjoying the pool. Kids and adults alike can enjoy floating on inflatable flamingos, pineapples, or even giant donut-shaped floaties, creating a playful and enjoyable atmosphere. If you want to truly go above and beyond, you could even set a project up somewhere to play movies or hold video game tournaments. 

Grab Plenty of Supplies

Whether you’re hosting five people or 50 people, having enough supplies to accommodate your guests is vital. Food, alcohol, and games are great, but where will everybody sit? What will you serve food on? Consider asking everyone to bring their own lawn chair or, if you prefer a more cohesive look for your event, rent them from a party supply company. You’ll also need plenty of basics, including:

  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Cleaning products
  • Garbage bags

In addition to the basics, make sure you have plenty of charcoal (if needed), lighter fluid, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit. It’s also helpful to provide extra bug spray, insect-repelling candles, and sunscreen. 

Remember the Decorations

Even if you’re hosting an outdoor event, you’ll need decorations that amp up the vibes of your party. If you’re hosting a holiday-specific event, decorations are typically easier to figure out. However, if it’s a typical weekend party, you’ll need to get creative. Consider whether you chose a theme that you could base your decorations on. If not, consider party streamers, helium balloons, and strings of lights. If your event will continue after dark, spreading paper lanterns or tiki torches throughout the yard creates a pretty backdrop while providing functional light at the same time.

There’s nothing quite as fun as hanging out with all of your favorite people, eating amazing food, and simply enjoying their company while you’re all outside. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be more likely to host a successful summer party that will have people talking about it for many summers to come.

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