As a homeowner, you may have dreamed of all of those fabulous evening parties that you plan on throwing in your new backyard. You envision it just like you see in the movies. Music, party lights, drinks, food, and friends and family basking in the party ambiance that you have created. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few simple ways to get you started.

The Right Lights

It is absolutely true when they say that it’s all about the lighting. Harsh lighting such as spotlights can make your guests feel uncomfortable. Little to no lighting can make them feel as if they have to squint to see each other. A proper party needs various lights throughout the entire party area. Think colorful string lights draped overhead or on bushes and trees, curtain string lights hanging in windows or as backdrops, and disco LED lights set up for dancing. Not only does the lighting help illuminate the party, but it can also add a classy feel to any event.

Mastering the Music

Music is a great way to bring your guests together. The right kind of music can be a conversation piece while also lightening the mood. This can be music that you can easily set up yourself with the right equipment. If you’d rather spend your evening mingling with guests, you may want to consider hiring a DJ for the evening. The key is to make sure that there are a variety of music styles that will be played to please the various types of guests you will be entertaining. You can have large speakers set up for dancing, or quiet background music to facilitate conversation. Even if it’s a quiet gathering, background music is important to help fill the empty spaces in conversation and maintain a pleasant evening feel to any party.

Drinks Are Served

No party is complete without some food and beverages. Installing a custom outdoor bar set can be the perfect addition to not only those evening parties but also your own personal enjoyment. An outdoor bar is like an extension of your home and can be customized to fit your personality and style. Whether you hire a bartender, serve your guests yourself, or offer self-serving, outdoor bars are a major hit at any party and give the adults place to feel like they can unwind.

A Party With Splash

Another big hit at any summer-time evening party is a pool. Having a pool extends the life of a party by adding an additional form of entertainment. Some guests may enjoy conversation while lounging on patio furniture, others while hanging out around the bar, and others while splashing in the pool. A pool is also a great way to entertain kids at a family party, allowing the parents to mingle and enjoy themselves without worrying about how bored their kids are.

Try not to worry too much about entertaining your guests. If you have the right atmosphere, music that everyone can enjoy, and some good drinks, the party will take care of itself.

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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