Summertime is a time for fun in the sun. Whether it is a graduation celebration, the 4th of July, or just a beautiful day there are many reasons to throw a good old-fashioned summer BBQ. Putting together the perfect outdoor party is more art than science, but there are a few different ways you can make your event a success. In this article, we will examine 5 ways to make your get-togethers enjoyable for all friends and family.

 

Defined Areas

In order to allow guests to mingle appropriately, it is imperative that you set up defined areas for every activity. That means if you have a pool in your yard set out an area for people to sit and relax by the pool. Provide towels, sunblock etc. This will encourage people to take part in whatever activity you are offering.

 

Good Food

Food is among the things you absolutely have to get right in order to make your get together a success. In the summertime barbecues are always a popular choice. If you do not have a grill or a yard that can accommodate a BBQ you can always order pizza delivery, most pizza places tend to deliver on weekends and holidays when other restaurants and catering services may be closed.

 

Shaded Areas

This is incredibly important for an outdoor party- even if you have the nicest backyard in the world people do not like to sit out in the hot sun for extended periods of time. Setting out some deck chairs, patio covers, and other impediments to the sunshine will encourage folks to spend time outdoors, which is kind of the point of a summertime party!

 

A Stocked Bar

Very few parties are complete without beverages. Make sure you have a variety of drinks. This should include sodas, juices, water, etc. It is also important to accommodate those who have different tastes when it comes to drinks.

 

Party Activities

There is no better way to get people having fun other than fun activities that everyone can participate in. Good examples include betting squares for Superbowl parties, children’s games like pin the tail on the donkey and even more adult-oriented board games and card games.

 

Throwing the perfect summer party may be tough- but the payout is well worth it. If you stick to these common-sense recommendations you should have no problem throwing the blast of the century.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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