Now that summer is officially here it’s time to head outdoors and soak up the warm weather. Nothing makes me happier than being outside, surrounded by friends and family. Well, except being outside with friends and family and eating delicious food! Throwing a stress-free, relaxing summer party is definitely doable, and it doesn’t have to break the bank either.
Here are my top tips for throwing the perfect summer party:
1.) Have a back-up plan if you’re throwing an outdoor soiree: Summer weather is unpredictable, especially here in Florida. It can be gorgeous and sunny one minute, then storming the next. It’s always a good idea to have an indoor space to default to in case of rainy weather.
2.) Protect your guests. Whether it be sunscreen and shaded areas for daytime events, or extra bug spray and citronella candles for evening parties, keeping your guests comfortable is a must.
3.) Pick up easy-to-assemble decorations to add a bit of flare to your party. Colored tablecloths, paper fans, balloons - all are relatively cheap and easy to get either locally or online.
4.) Keep the food simple. Summer time is grilling time! Grab some burgers, hot dogs, and chips, and you’ll have happy guests. Plus, you won’t spend the entire party slaving away in a kitchen or trying to pull off a complicated recipe while your guests are entertaining themselves. Just don’t forget your vegetarian friends. Make sure to ask your guests about their dietary preferences or special needs so you can accommodate them. It’s easy to pick up a package of veggie burgers, and it’s a thoughtful gesture for your guests.
5.) Cold beverages are a must! Lemonade, iced teas, water flavored with fresh lemon slices – all of these are simple, yet a little fancier than your average soft drinks. Again, you don’t have to break the bank by offering high priced individual servings – set out pitchers and buckets of ice and let your guests serve themselves.
6.) Don’t forget dessert! Again, keep it easy. I recently planned a get-together with family and since my nieces love cupcakes, we baked them together. I also served fun and yummy Bomb Pop treats! They are patriotic and so yummy! I love that I can pick them up at my local Publix too!
Speaking of Bomb Pop, did you know that June 26th is national Bomb Pop Day?!
To celebrate Bomb Pop Day and the 4th of July, we’re giving one lucky reader a Patriotic Party Pack!
This prize package includes:
- 2 packages of Bomb Pops (free product coupons)
- $25 Publix gift card
- Patriotic Star Cupcake Combo Pack
- Patriotic Tableware Caddy
- Red, White & Blue Fan Decorations
- Patriotic 3-D Star Centerpieces
- Chevron Treat Bags
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 7/1/14 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
Disclosure: I received a patriotic prize pack for sharing this information and giveaway.