Summer is here, which means that the nights are lighter, the temperatures are rising and it’s the perfect time to get together with your friends and have a good time. Why not make the most of the better weather and throw an outdoor party? It could be to mark the birthday of someone within your group but you don’t have to have a reason – celebrating the summer is a more-than-valid excuse!
But planning a party can be stressful. There’s a lot to consider, and the pressure to make sure that everyone is catered for and has a good time can soon start to build. Celebrations are to be enjoyed, not endured, and our handy tips can help to ensure that you make the most of your summer shindig!
It can be difficult to get everyone together in the same place at the same time. This is especially true during the summer months, with school holidays and travel plans making life very difficult for organisers. If you give enough notice of a date, though, you stand more of a chance of getting all your nearest and dearest together.
And the planning doesn’t end there. You need to work out how much everything will cost and how you’re going to pay for it. Borrowing can prove tricky if your credit rating is less than ideal but you could consider a line of credit as an alternative to a bad-credit loan. Just make sure that you fully understand all the terms and conditions and can afford to make the repayments – you don’t want your summer party to leave you in a position of financial difficulty.
Pick a theme
As well as helping your guests to narrow down their outfit choices, a theme will help to add a sense of synchronisation to your bash. You could choose anything from aliens to zoos, incorporating plenty of games, activities and décor to match.
Make a menu
It’s not really a party if there isn’t something on which to snack, and there are loads of al fresco recipes you can explore to get some inspiration. The food might be dishes related to your theme, of course, but if not then sometimes it’s best just to go for the simple crowd-pleasers that are guaranteed to offer something for everyone.
Have a backup plan
If you’re hosting your event outside, it certainly pays to keep an eye on the forecast. You never know when the famously fickle British weather might turn on you, so don’t set your heart on having wall-to-wall sunshine. Hope for the best but plan for the worst so that, if the heavens do open, all your guests have an inside space where they can continue the festivities.