Outdoor Parties | Planning a Summer Event

Hosting a Summer Event

If you want to get the family together or have some of your friends over to celebrate the 4th of July, outdoor parties are a great idea. You could have a simple barbecue with your neighbors or celebrate your kid's birthday with a fun theme. Summer is the best time for outdoor events. Stretch your legs out, enjoy the fresh air and make use of your backyard. Planning a party doesn't have to be stressful. If you get everyone to help out, preparing for your summer event can even be fun. There are hundreds of party themes that you can go with so that everyone can have fun.

Planning your Menu

Once you have your invitations sent out, you have to think about food. If you're having an outdoor barbecue, not everyone will like what you make but if you stick to the classic barbecue foods like hamburgers, hot dogs and ribs, there will be something for everyone.  For side dishes, you can serve light summer foods like potato salad, macaroni salad or a pasta salad.  Concession rentals are also very convenient for outdoor parties. Consider getting a popcorn machine, cotton candy machine or a snow cone machine for those hot days. Kids lovepatriotic these things, and you'll be sure that your party's a hit.

If you don't stock up on tables or chairs, you can always look for rentals. Companies that cater to your party needs can provide tables, chairs and party decorations so that you don't have to worry about them. If you think it's going to be a hot day during your event, get a tent to provide shade for your guests. White canvass tents look wonderful on a bright summer day. If you are having a 4th of July get together, bring out the flags and red, white and blue decor.  Consider putting up colorful patriotic banners over your tables. Nothing is more lovely than banners blowing in the breeze. This type of decoration is sure to make your party look very festive.

Your fabulous party is sure to extend until past sunset. If you want to close it off with a bang, put a big white sheet up on a wall, set-up a projector and screen a movie that everyone can enjoy. Pair that off with the smell of freshly popped corn and you have the best outdoor summer party. Add some fun details to your party to make sure that everyone has a good time. The key to a great party is efficient planning. Make sure you have all your bases covered well before the event so that you can enjoy the day instead of playing "host" the whole time.