As the weather begins to mellow, we enter one of the best times of the year. Outdoor party season.

That’s right, it’s time to bring the festivities out to nature and enjoy what the earth has to offer. But, planning a party isn’t always fun and games (for the host at least), but here is a great place to start!

Here are 5 tips to help you throw a successful outdoor party.

Prepare for Anything!

Weather is about as stable as an avalanche.

Seriously, it can go from clear skies to thunderstorms in an instant. That’s no excuse though for a host extraordinaire like yourself. Always be ready to move the party inside or to a porch should the weather take a turn south.

And let’s not forget those cold nights either, just because the days are warm doesn’t mean the nights are.

Rent a portable heater, see here, for those chilly evenings when the party doesn’t want to end. A great alternative as well to bonfires or firepits as they can become hazardous quickly.

Party Atmosphere Is Everything

Throwing a party is more than just a gathering, it’s about creating an experience. For that to happen, the party needs a great atmosphere!

Make sure you create and control the atmosphere throughout the evening. The easiest way to do this is by:

  • Creating a music playlist. Music. Changes. Everything. Literally. So don’t let your speakers go stale
  • Ensure you have enough seating! Nothing is worse than people standing around awkwardly until the momentum of the party kicks in
  • Soft-low lighting for when the evening and night rolls in. Fairy lights are a necessity for any household, as the work year-round for any occasion! Make them solar powered for an eco-friendly touch

The great thing about outdoor parties is less is more, so it really only takes a few simples touches to make the party come alive.

Embrace Your Surroundings

It’s no secret that we are in a state of emergency when it comes to plastic, and being conscious of our impact on the earth should be at the top of everyone’s list. But that doesn’t mean we have to skimp on our festivities!

In an age of DIY and creative blogging, there’s no excuse for why we can’t have our cake and eat it too. Pinterest alone is filled with sustainable alternatives to outdoor party decor.

So look around and get creative!

Pesky Pests

If there’s one thing nature has too much of, it’s BUGS.

Although bugs play a crucial part in our ecosystem, they play the villain at outdoor events. So don’t let pesky insects ruin your outdoor party! Stock up on bug repellent candles (great for atmosphere as well!) and make sure to stock reusable cups with lids.

Last but Not Least, Prep!

With all this talk of decor and atmosphere, having a party means nothing if you’re not there!

Remember your guests are there for you.

The best way to ensure you’re present is to prep everything beforehand. Avoid cooking hot foods that keep you tied to the kitchen as opposed to outside with your guests. Instead opt for salads, dips, finger sandwiches. Easy snackable food that everyone enjoys.

And if you can’t avoid hot foods, then make use of the outdoors and light up the grill! When in Rome right?

Party Time!

Following these tips will make planning a party a breeze, and now that you know them, what’s stopping you?

And don’t forget to RELAX. In the end, it’s about people coming together, not how perfect you can be. Having a party is as much for you as it is for the guests, so have fun!

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