Summer is in full effect! Your schedule is likely filling up quickly, from Fourth of July barbecues to vacations to casual summer soirées. While it’s fun being a guest, hosting has its own perks as well. If you plan on hosting your own summer party, here are some fun entertaining tips.
- Choose a color scheme.
Themed parties are fun, but not for everyone. Instead, try a simple color scheme ask guests to dress in the colors. For example, if you’re throwing a 4th of July party, you can go with red, white and blue. To further tie the party together, apply your color scheme of choice to your food as well.
- Prepare food ahead of time.
Don’t get stuck in the kitchen after your guests have arrived. Try using a slow cooker to prepare food early and keep it warm. If you are set on grilling burgers and dogs, prepare any side dishes, toppings, and condiments beforehand.
- Mix it up.
When thinking about your menu, feel free to serve a mix of guest favorites as well as some new recipes. Take it a step further by putting a modern spin on a traditional recipe. Guests can enjoy the foods they love while trying something new with you.
- Be mindful of summer weather.
Scorching hot or not, it’s important to stay hydrated. Have a cooler filled with ice and bottled waters, or you can set up a water station with a variety of infused waters. You may also consider leaving a basket filled with sunscreen, bug spray, and paper fans for guests to use.
- Label it.
Whether it’s the food or your drink, labels can help your guests while doubling as added party décor. Keep track of drinks by using wrapping paper, origami, or other hand drawn designs and double stick tape. Tie it together by using your color scheme. You can do the same for your dishes, or utilize signs, placards or mini chalkboards. You can even put down brown butcher paper or parchment paper and write the names of the dishes around the plate.
- Nice ice.
Wow your guests with your fruit and herb ice cubes. Add berries, stone fruits, basil, mint, or other fruits and herbs to ice trays with water, and then freeze them. They’ll look great and keep drinks cool.
- Herbs for unwanted guests.
Aside from adding flavor to your food, hardy herbs can also act as natural bug repellents. Keep a few sprigs on the grill or in a fire pit to keep the bugs away.
- Make clean up part of the décor.
Have your guests help keep the party tidy by providing waste containers around the party area. They don’t have to be an eyesore – you can use lined wicker baskets, galvanized steel buckets, or even aluminum pails.Share your own party and entertaining tips with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest!
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