If you have a lush green lawn or a terrace garden, turn that into a party venue in summer. Plan an informal get-together with these tips on decorations and entertainment and add loads of style and fun to your summer soiree.Ideas For A Fun And Casual Outdoor Party
Open air setting makes a great venue for a get-together with family, friends, neighbours or colleagues and for children’s birthday parties or graduation parties. It can either be held in your backyard, park or playground, a public garden, at a beach or on a river bank. However, do keep a back-up plan ready with tents, screens and patio umbrellas in case the weather acts as a spoilsport.
Do not forget the bugs and pests that may trouble your guests at the outdoor party. Keep these uninvited visitors by placing citronella candles, available in different colours in assorted boxes, throughout the venue. You can also prepare your own tea lights by mixing citronella cubes or oil with scraps of old wax.
Citronella has a very low toxicity and is not harmful for animals or the environment but keeps mosquitoes and bugs away. If there are too many ants and mosquitoes, you can spray pesticides in the area a day earlier or much before the guests arrive so that the strong odour settles down a bit before the party begins.
Make your life easier and less stressful with a functional table with built-in storage, hidden cabinets and enough space to arrange your food and drinks. A console table with shelves underneath can store dishes, glasses, napkins etc, while an in-built steel container fitted in the middle of the tabletop will keep your drinks chilled. The spare space on the two sides of this tabletop will accommodate the food items.
Don’t they say that the food tastes better outside? So no need to bring out your chinaware or fancy platters for an outdoor party. There are several types of plastic plates, scalloped trays, foldable bowls, glasses and flatware available in the market. Get those in bold hues or the ones that are clear transparent, as per the party theme. If space is limited, you can consider using all-in-one plates with cupholders. This way you will also be able to enjoy the party without worrying about your pricy crockery.
Serve chilled beverages in crystal-clear polycarbonate glasses that will not crack, cloud or discolour and can be easily used in the dishwasher and microwave. Even plastic glasses in bright shades will brighten up the place.
Keep cold food cold and hot foods hot—we all have heard this several times. And this is particularly important for an outdoor gathering. Get for a cold chiller and lots of ice to keep the drinks cool to quench your guests’ thirst. How food should be kept above 140 degrees F.
Arrange for music with outdoor music players or iPods to set the party mood. Make arrangement for various games to help your guests mingle and to keep everyone entertained.
Carry frozen bottles of non-carbonated water. It will help in keeping the cooler cold and when thawed, will really quench the thirst. To provide space for expansion, pour out a little water before freezing.
If carrying take-outs, eat them within two hours of purchase. Or they should be chilled well and then placed inside the cooler to preserve them longer. Carry caps, sun-block lotions, towels, sunglasses to check the harsh effects of the UV rays. Make proper seating arrangement for your guests, including elders, who may have knee problems and are unable to sit on a low surface.