6 Tips to Be the Summer Party Host with the Most
Youâ€™ve thrown summer parties before, but how do you take it to the next level? Try adding these six tips to your bag of party tricks and youâ€™ll win Summer Host of the Yearâ€”at least in your neighborhood!
- Provide take-home containers and to-go bags. We know you donâ€™t want to eat the same thing for a week. Send guests home happy with doggy bags so they can enjoy your party treats another time.
- Supply bug spray, sunglasses and sunscreen for your guests, protecting them from mosquitos and prolonged exposure to the sun. Have a clearly labeled basket with the essentials so that partygoers are prepared (and comfortable!).
- Always have drinks and hors d'oeuvres ready to go before people arrive. Some folks tend to save their appetite when theyâ€™re going to a big barbeque, so when they get there they want to get right to the point! When you answer the door, hand them a glass and show them the snacks.
- Anticipate a range of dietary preferences. If youâ€™re gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian, you notice when hosts have taken the time to think of you. It means a lot to see those choices (and labels) at get-togethers. A host who goes out of their way to be inclusive will be remembered fondly!
- Create a lengthy playlist of background music. Guests will appreciate a good mix of tunes from different time periods. Pick fun classics and current favorites, keeping it low-key but upbeat. A three-hour playlist should be sufficient as you can set it to repeat.
- Plan a few activities for all ages. Use 2â€™x4â€™ boards to set up a life-sized tic-tac-toe grid, or fashion a limbo station and award prizes. If you have a lot of room, set up a soccer field. These games and others are a great way to get people on their feet!