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Summer is the perfect time for an outdoor party. Whether you have just a patio or an expansive backyard, all you need is a little bit of space for you and your guests to enjoy the warm breeze of the season. Of course, there are different ways that you can go about starting an outdoor soiree, and it all depends on your budget and the kind of event that you're going to throw.
For a casual backyard barbeque party, there's no need to take out the fine china - all you need is a trusty grill, some disposable food ware, and your closest friends and family, and you should be good to go. Plan a few days ahead of time with a checklist of what you're going to need - will you be cooking some backyard grilling staples like hotdogs and burgers, or will you be opting for some ribs? When it comes to the food, also don't hesitate to ask your guests to bring some over - a potluck will allow them to showcase their cooking skills, and at the same time, will save you some extra bucks too.
If you're thinking of a get together that's a little bit more formal, an evening cocktail party on the patio might be the way to go. Set up the mood by asking your guests to dress up in cocktail attire - cute dresses for the ladies and polo or buttoned down shirts and slacks or dark jeans for the fellas. If you're inviting a select number of people, a sit down dinner could be the way to go, but a buffet will be a better option if you're inviting more than 10 guests.
Got a theme in mind? A backyard party is the perfect venue for a fun night with friends and family who are all dressed up for a specific theme. Whether its cowboys and Indians, a pirate theme or a Hawaiian luau, just make sure that you properly inform your guests about your idea so they can plan accordingly.
Besides food (and the drinks!), there are other elements that can truly make for a successful outdoor soiree. To entertain properly outdoors, your guests, first and foremost, have to be comfortable in their surrounding, so ensure that there's enough seating for everyone. If you don't have enough outdoor furniture, grab some of your indoor chairs and take them out for the people to use. Flat and level surfaces should also be available for your guests to place their plates and drinks on.
Music can also set the mood for a playful day or a relaxing afternoon get-together. If you prefer a more soothing atmosphere so people can chitchat and lounge with cocktails in hand, opt for relaxing sounds with the volume down. For a more fun time in the backyard, get everyone up and bouncing to dance music on full blast (without disturbing the neighbors, unless they're also at the party!). Just ensure that your audio system - whether a stereo or a laptop with speakers - is located in a secure area where it won't get knocked over.
The décor is another integral aspect that can surely set the tone of the party. For that backyard cocktail affair, create a relaxing yet sophisticated ambiance with the use of candles. If you're looking for something truly unique that will wow your guests, choose a focal point in your backyard that everyone will be able to see. Got a gorgeous tree in the middle of the yard? Play it up by hanging white Christmas lights or several paper lanterns.
If you're going for that outdoor theme party, the décor can definitely add to the overall effect. Installing tiki torches, using coconuts for drink cups and welcoming your guests with flower leis is a great way to play with the Hawaiian luau theme. For a gunslingin' time in the backyard, give your cowboy guests an authentic venue with haystacks and cool saloon-style decor. Got a pirate theme in mind? Get creative with nautical accessories - some fake parrots, ship wheels, a pirate flag and a beverage cooler dressed up like a treasure chest will surely tickle everyone's fancy. For some more ideas and to save on your décor purchase, look for a GiantPartyStore.com Promo Code.
There's definitely a lot of planning to do if you want your outdoor soiree to be successful. It's not just about the food that you're serving or the amount of drinks available, it's also the ambiance that you create with different elements like décor and music that will make for a truly unforgettable event in your backyard.