backyard-partyTips for a Perfect Backyard Party

Centerpieces – simple and inexpensive centerpieces can be made by using:

  • glass jars or bowls by floating  a candle in water
  • fill mason jars with small bunches of flowers, add a ribbon around the jar
  • citronella candles with ribbon around the container serve three purposes, keeping the bugs away, light and as a centerpiece.

Tablecloths – Plastic tablecloths work well for outside, tape or use clothespins to secure to the table. If you have cloth tablecloths, all the better.

Music – Live music is wonderful if you can afford it, or ask friends who play instruments to put on a jam. You and your friends playlists on a wireless speakers also works well.

Shade is important for daytime parties. Many people can’t be in the sun for long periods, and if it is hot, it is ever more important. If you don’t have natural shade use table or free standing umbrellas or awnings.

solar lanternsLighting  can be provided by solar powered lanterns you can hang from a rope , tree or bush.  They are light weight, easy to install, a nice decoration, and and enhance safety.

Fire Pit  use to roast some marshmallows or make some s’mores. Add some light to evening parties

Self Standing Trash Bags – Just add the plastic bag to the frames and voila you can have trash can wherever you need it. Available at party stores

Recycle bin and/or bottle return bins help keep it neat and saves you work post party.

Bug Repellent is important to have available, especially in areas threatened by Zika. Or use tiki lamps with bug repellant, or other misquotes lamps, bug zappers or wide area bug sprays.

Food Covers help keep the pests away. If you are serving the food outside, many various food screen covers are available. if you can arrange for the food to be set out inside the house and just have folks eat outside, even better.

Grilling – If you grilling food more difficult to prepare than hot dogs for large crowd, consider pre-cooking and just heating up the food on the grill. This works really well for chicken and baked potatoes, about 10 minutes on the grill gives them a nice flavor.

Money Saving Ideas

Make it a Potluck – Give your guests your theme and let your friends and family use their imagination to make your party great. Usually, I make or cater the main dish and let others bring the side dishes, appetizers and deserts

BYOB, having everybody bring their own drinks cuts costs, alcohol is often the most expensive part of putting on party.

Need Chairs? Ask your friends to bring a couple of folding chairs with them if they can.

Themes

backyard party olympicsSummer Olympics Party – Decorate in red, white, and blue and cheer on the USA team. Organize a backyard Olympic Croquet match. Add water hazards and other obstacles to enhance the fun.

Mexican Fiesta – Serve tacos and all the fixings, play mexican music, have a piñata ( even adults love this).

Flower Power, 70’s theme party – Have your guests dress up in hippie gear and decorate with flowers, and play 70’s music.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Summer – Serve Irish food and Irish beer and whiskey. Decorate in green and give awards for the “best wearing of the green”.

Greek – Serve greek food, play Greek music. Use white tablecloths and decorate with blue to match the Greek flag.

Western – Have folks dress up as cowboys and cowgirls. Serve southwestern food. Have a campfire and share stories.

 

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins has been writing for Families Online Magazine since 2004. She is a mom, nurse andcommunity volunteer.
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