With the warmer weather finally gracing us with its presence, there’s nothing we can’t do… especially when it comes to all the long, gorgeous summer get-togethers. For some reason, parties seem to be more fun when they’re thrown in the backyard and the easier-to-clean-up aspect doesn’t hurt, either!
Let us tell you a secret
Backyard parties are meant to be cozy and casual, social and fun. Anything that even reminds of those stuffy and formal events that are not only expensive but too stressful to organize (aren’t we all stressed enough, already!) shouldn’t even cross your mind. Instead, focus on the lazy awesome summer jams that will leave you with a smile on your face and so many memories you won’t even be able to count! Essentially, your motto should be: The more casual, the better. Remember that.
In the spirit of what you’ve just read, we’re giving you a few awesome ideas to count on for an unforgettable bash!
Spread the word
To actually have people come to your gathering, you need to make sure they’re informed that there is a gathering, at all… right? Right.
When coming up with the body of invitations: a) be chill and humorous about the content; b) include these four things:
Where should they appear: My place, you know it. In case you don’t… why don’t you? Anyhow, here’s the address: (fill the address in).
When they’ll be eating: The food will be served from 5 to 8. Don’t be late or I’ll give your intended portion to the neighbor’s dog. What they should be wearing: I’ll be flipping burgers, you wear flip-flops. Please don’t show up all formal – sounds about right
What you’ll do if it rains: I hope it won’t rain but if it does, I don’t have a plan. I guess we’ll all scotch inside!
Oh, and – make sure you send out the invitations at least two weeks ahead and have them RSV Ped; these days everyone’s so busy so ensuring your desired guests will pop up is essential. When sending the invites, do it via email, social platforms (Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) or standard mail.
Pick the backyard theme
If you’re one of the creative souls, you’ll enjoy coming up with a party theme for this summer get-together. Although choosing a theme may sound like a hassle, it actually isn’t. Knowing what style you’ll be going with helps you choose decorations in a much easier way as well as the entire vibe of the event. If, however, you aren’t that keen on theme-picking, go with a traditional yard-decorating: Christmas lights hanging from the trees, pretty paper lanterns, comfy pillows to sit on, a drinks stand and a buffet. Décor is always best done in a Bohemian and funky manner; eclectic is the way to go so no reason to worry about table accessories and matching plates. Jars can serve as glasses, a wooden cutting board can be used for food servings and paper plates may just save you. It’s all cool!
Choose smart music
Always go with songs that have a universal appeal — oldies, retro favorites, hop jazz, chill, instrumental, jazz, beach and summer pop music. Keep the volume moderate so you guys can actually talk… and keep the neighbors happy.
Plan a simple menu
If you feel like barbecuing, then barbecue. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s fun! You may gather a few of your friends to come earlier and start the grill – you’ll get a chance to chit chat before everyone gets there and you won’t die trying to do everything yourself! If, however, you are into something fancier, then go with that. Our advice though is to choose the simplest version possible.
P.S. Here’s a fun idea: why not ask everyone to bring something to eat and drink? This may actually be amazing, especially if you’ve got a multicultural gang around! If everyone brings something from their culture, you’ll have a wonderful feast together and learn a little bit about each other’s heritage. Plus, along with the food – you’re getting a theme, too!