The end of the summer is the perfect time to throw a party. Soon, it’s going to get colder, the days will get shorter, and no one is going to want to leave their houses. Before you invite all your friends over for the final bash of the season, make sure you have the following things ready to go.
If you’re going to be outside for hours, especially in the hot sun, you and your guests are going to need some water. Even if you have other refreshments (we’ll get to those in a minute), your guests need to drink water so they don’t get dehydrated. If you have anyone at the party that doesn’t drink alcohol (or won’t because they’re driving), you should have alternative beverages, one of them should be ice water. Americans use more than 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, but consider a pitcher for your backyard party.
What’s a summer party without a little beer? If you’re wondering if beer is the best choice of alcoholic beverage for your guests, remember that 43% of legal drinkers prefer beer over wine and spirits, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Make sure you put any drinks in an ice-filled cooler at least 20 minutes before your guests arrive so they are nice and cold. If you’re going to put out alcohol, make sure you keep your guests safe and away from their vehicles to avoid any serious injury or harm.
Your outdoor kitchen will allow you to be the perfect hostess. You can hang outside with your guests and be a part of the festivities. You also don’t have to run back and forth from your outdoor dining set to your indoor kitchen. What’s even better is that you get to keep the smells of your food outside. Nearly 14% of consumers are adding outdoor kitchens to their backyards during remodeling projects, and yours will be a life-saver for your end-of-the-summer party.
Your guests are going to want to have something to do while they’re at your party for a few hours, and backyard games make a great addition. According to the latest research by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), tennis participation rose roughly 1% to 17.9 million players. Of course, if you don’t have a court at home, you can set up games like volleyball, bocce ball, or cornhole.
While your guests are probably going to be walking around, playing yard games, and mingling, at some point, they’re going to want to sit down. This is especially true when it’s time to eat. If you only have five chairs and invited 25 guests, you might want to pick up some cheap folding chairs, or even ask your guests to bring their own camp chairs.
You can’t have a summer party without a bonfire, so make sure you have a fire pit to get things started. Campfires are perfect for roasting marshmallows, catching up with friends, and having a great time. You can even cook hot dogs, mountain pies, and popcorn over the fire if you’re feeling adventurous.
Finally, you’re going to need some lighting in your backyard if you plan on your guests staying after the sun sets. Lighting sets the mood and it also keeps your guests safe. You should think about highlighting pathways and tripping hazards so your guests stay on their feet and off of their butts all light. You can also think about lighting citronella candles because they serve two purposes: adding light and repelling bugs.
The end of the summer is the time to party hard, so make sure your backyard bash goes off without a hitch and try these tips.