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5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer soiree
A combination of the right food, drinks and friends makes for an amazing night
 
Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
by Brandpoint

 

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With a little planning and preparation, throwing a memorable party with family and friends may be easier than you think.

There’s nothing quite like a summer party where beautiful weather, great food and good friends come together to create memories that last.

If you’re looking forward to throwing a summer party but you’re not sure how to get started, the following tips will transform you into the “host with the most” in no time.

Formulate the guest list.

What’s a party without guests? Start by determining how many people you can comfortably host (consider cost and space). Then, create your guest list with this realistic number in mind. In addition to friends, family and co-workers, you might consider adding your neighbors as well. They may feel slighted if they aren’t invited to the big party that’s taking place next door.

Pick a theme.

Theme parties make planning and decorating so much easier for the host. They also provide guests an immediate sense of what kind of party it is, how to dress, etc. If you own a pool, invite everyone to a day at the beach. Or, pick a theme around your favorite television show. Whatever you decide, carry your theme through to the decorations, the attire and the invitations themselves.

Dress your party to impress.

The right decorations are a matter of taste and your skill level. If you’re the creative type, you may enjoy building your own decorations from scratch. Or, you might prefer to simply purchase your decorations from a local party supply store. No matter what you choose, select decorations that complement the theme of your party. Remember to make sure areas like the food table and sitting areas are appropriately decorated.

Create flavors for every taste.

Warm weather gatherings shouldn’t involve a lot of time in the kitchen working over a hot stove. Instead, consider offering a selection of easy, ready-to-eat snacks in a variety of flavors. An easy go-to are the restaurant-style appetizers located in the frozen section at the grocery store like TGI Fridays Snacks. Choose from the popular Cheddar Bacon Potato Skins Snack Chips or the new Bacon Ranch Potato Skins Snack Chips. With 11 different flavors to choose from, your guests can roam the party to try them all.

Keep them entertained.

The right entertainment options can keep your party going longer. If you have a pool, make it the main attraction and don’t forget the floats! Outdoor yard games like darts, lawn bowling or beanbag toss are popular and you can encourage participation by turning them into a competition. Smaller groups may appreciate a deck of cards and no one can say no to bingo if there’s a prize on the line. Good music is a must so be sure to load your iPod with a fun, upbeat playlist your guest will enjoy or splurge on a DJ.

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