As people slowly make their way back to hanging out with one another safely, it’s essential we still try to remain cautious in the transition. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun safely with an outdoor gathering. If you’ve got a big enough backyard, consider hosting a party outside with people you trust. Here are some tips on how to throw the perfect backyard party.
Comfort Is Key
If you and your guests are going to be outside for several hours, you want to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible. Estimate how many guests you will have over and provide enough chairs or places for people to sit, relax, eat, and chat. Spreading everything out gives people a chance to mix and mingle throughout the day. Have some sunscreen available during the day and bug spray on hand at night to ward off any pesky insects.
Provide a Variety of Food
Let people know what kind of food you plan to have and whether they should bring any additional sides or desserts. Have a spread of different finger foods and drinks those guests can munch on to whet their appetites for more expensive items. For potlucks, it’s vital to coordinate ahead of time so you’re not getting multiple variations of the same dish. If you’re grilling, it’s smart to buy a little more than what you think you need and have some vegetarian options handy.
Get the Cocktails Ready
If your party is geared primarily towards adults, I recommend having a mixed drink station where guests can make their cocktails or grab a beer. Have an ice chest ready to hold alcohol guests bring themselves. You can also make a large batch cocktail like a rum punch, mojito, or sangria that people can imbibe throughout the party. If everyone drinks responsibly, having some drinks on hand will help everyone have a fun time.
Party Games Keep the Fun Going
You can ensure y’all have a wonderful time by introducing some backyard games into the mix. Set up lawn games like cornhole or giant versions of games like Jenga. These games are also terrific conversation starters for guests. For children, set up an arts and crafts station, board and electronic games, age-appropriate toys, or find space inside dedicated solely to kids and take turns watching them or put a trusted individual in charge.
Making Your Way Inside
If y’all are comfortable with it, the party might inevitably transition indoors. Make sure you are prepping your kitchen to look presentable and ready to make any late-night snacks for your guests. Ensure beforehand that you have the right amount of space for everyone to relax and orient furniture to face each other as best as possible.
With these helpful tips, you’ll be sure to host a memorable backyard party!