There are many advantages to hosting a backyard party. It lets you enjoy the fresh air and invite more guests than you could if you were hosting the party indoors. And, it keeps the inside of your house from getting messy.
All that being said, hosting a party outdoors comes with its own set of challenges. As long as you prepare, everything should go off without a hitch.
Here are 9 of the best tips for hosting a backyard party.
1. Clean Up Your Yard
Like it or not, your yard will be what everyone notices first. Make sure to tidy it up before the guests arrive! Consider mowing your lawn and trimming your bushes to make everything look neat.
Also, be sure to pick up any dog droppings. This is especially crucial if kids are going to be running around the yard.
2. Prep Your Pool
If you have a pool, it’s bound to be the main attraction. Make sure it’s presentable!
Use a pool cleaning company? Ask them to service your pool close to the party. If you don’t use a pool cleaning company, clean it up yourself! Scrub the walls and vacuum out the leaves. And, make sure to balance its chemicals. This will ensure it stays crystal clear despite all of the people using it.
3. Fight Off the Bugs
Flies landing on the food, mosquitoes biting guests—nothing ruins an outdoor party like bugs.
Luckily, you can stay one step ahead of pests. Some ways to do this include:
- Eliminate standing water. Pools of water are oases for pests. So, be sure to address any buckets filled with rainwater or soggy parts of the lawn.
- Use repellent products. Keep bugs at bay by hanging mosquito lanterns, using a Red Top Fly Trap, lighting citronella candles, etc.
- Hand out bug spray. Protect your guests from annoying bugs by providing plenty of bug spray.
4. Don’t Overlook Seating
When throwing a backyard party, it can be easy to overlook seating. Make sure there are enough chairs and tables for everyone!
You might have to pull some seats from inside. And, to maximize space, clean off your deck. The casual atmosphere will inevitably lead people to sit on the stairs.
5. Have a Plan for Serving Food
As a backyard party host, you have lots of big responsibilities. One of which includes keeping food and drinks hot/cold and safe from bugs.
You’ll need a plan for serving food. Get ice chests, covers for food, etc. You may even want to keep certain dishes inside to ensure they hold.
6. Set Up a Trash Bin
No one wants to go inside to throw something away. Save your guests the trouble by setting up a trash bin outside. Keep an eye on it and empty it as needed. This will keep everything looking nice and make cleanup easier.
7. Shade and Lighting
If your party is during the day, think about the weather. Is it going to be unbearably hot? If so, you might want to get a tent or umbrellas for shade. This will keep your guests cool and comfortable.
If you’re having a nighttime party, you don’t want your guests sitting around in the dark. Break out the candles, lanterns, twinkle lights—anything to set the mood!
You can also add post lights on your decorative deck railing to create an inviting aura for your exterior. Solar post lights offer soft, ambient lighting that produces an even more aesthetically pleasing outdoor space. And because they are solar, there’s no need to install wiring! Just make sure they get enough direct sunlight during the day to run through the night.
8. Warn Your Neighbors
You and your guests probably won’t be making that much noise. But, your neighbors are more likely to notice an outdoor party than an indoor one.
Be a good neighbor by giving them a heads up. They’ll be less likely to complain and will appreciate the courtesy.
Use these tips, and you’re sure to have a memorable gathering! The more you prepare ahead of time (we suggest days two days in advance), the smoother the getting-ready process will go.