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Wedding & Party Network Newsletter

May
04
2012
by Kelly Curtis

Volume 3 Issue 5

The weather is warm, the sun is shining down and it's time to get out of the house and plan an outdoor party. During this beautiful weather, who doesn't love getting out of the house and hosting a party with their friends and family? There are so many different parties that you can host with great decor and activities. However, you may think it may be a lot of work hosting several parties. It's not. Wedding and Party Network has a few tips and ideas for you to host a truly successful outdoor party.

  1. Set up food and drink stations around the yard. This encourages your guests to walk around and mingle. You can set up a fruit buffet, appetizer table, lemonade, tea, drink station and you can even set up a non-alcoholic and alcohol drink station.
  2. Have bug spray, sunscreen and maybe even some spray fans stationed at a table outdoors. Yes, with the warmer weather brings the heat and bugs. Therefore, offer them all the essentials that may need.
  3. Serve healthy and simple snacks as well. Yes, you may have food to serve, however, it may not be as healthy. Therefore, offer up simple and healthy snacks in a basket so they can snack on those throughout the night.
  4. Don't forget about the food covers. Of course, if you're hosting a party outdoors, bugs can be a problem. They are attracted to the food and no one wants bugs on their food. Therefore, use mesh food covers. You can find them almost anywhere and some places even have them in unique and fun designs.
  5. A great addition to any party is some sort of tent or a designated spot for kids to play. You can set up some toys, books, coloring station or even set up a television to keep them occupied throughout the night. They'll really enjoy this.
  6. Skip out on the standard paper towels, plates and utensils. Use cute little tea towels and mix and match colorful plates. This makes your party a bit more "green".
  7. Feature a tub of warm, soapy water or a station of wet wipes set up for people to wash their hands in. This is great for the adults when they are ready to eat or just feel kinda yucky after all the sunscreen and bug spray. Plus, it's also great for the children, since they are a bit more prone to get a little dirty.
  8. Prepare as much food as you can in advance. You don't want to run around all morning and during the party trying to prepare all the food you need. However, you can also hire a caterer if you would like to, they have a variety of recipes. If you plan on cooking the food yourself, make a list of what can be prepared early and how early. A lot of dishes you can prepare two days before and they'll last until the party, they may even be better since you're letting the flavors mix better.

When planning your outdoor party, keep in mind these tips. It will truly make your party run more efficiently and once you prepare these items, you'll have them for the next one. So, get party ready with these helpful tips.

If you are planning an outdoor party, let Wedding and Party Network help!


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