Summer is finally here and these warm summer months are a great time for outdoor entertaining! The summer season on Long Island is a great excuse to get together with friends and family and host an outdoor party. Summer entertaining should be simple and carefree and allow you plenty of time to spend with your guests.
With a little planning and some creativity, a smooth summer soirée can be easy and fun to pull off. The expert party planners at RealSimple.com offer some great party planning advice and explain “Throwing an outdoor party that’s fun, festive, and filled with food, drink and conversation isn’t as easy as simply taking your indoor party to the patio. There are some great ideas that are perfect for outdoor entertaining and the best part is that each tip is made to make your life easier, so you can kick back and enjoy with your guests.” Following are a few tips to plan a stress-free summer party.
Serve Weather Proof Snacks
On a hot day, your beautiful cheese platter may become a sweaty, melty mess. Instead, choose fresh salsa and chips or crisp and refreshing vegetables and a light dip. Keep food simple for a backyard party: salads, fresh fruit, and cold drinks. And don’t forget to use the barbecue to grill up some easy crowd favorites like hamburgers and hotdogs.
Keep Drinks Cold and Accessible
Let guests help themselves – right from the cooler. Chill drinks for at least two hours in the refrigerator and then transfer to a tub filled with ice. Place an empty tub next to the drink-filled one so that guests can easily drop in cans and bottles for recycling.
Don’t forget about the music. Great music can add the perfect backdrop to a summer party. Create a summer playlist on your IPod or play a great summer station on Pandora or Spotify and forget about it.
Set the Mood
You can create the perfect mood lighting for the evening hours – even on a budget. Paper lanterns draped from tree limbs are very festive (use dark extension cords that blend in) and old Christmas lights can also provide a magical lighting effect. You may need a tree service professional to help.
Offer Shelter From the Sun or Rain
An outdoor party is wonderful in the summer but since the weather can be unpredictable, a tent rental is a good consideration. If your yard is very sunny a tent rental makes sense so that your guests will not be sitting in the blaring sun all day. It is also a smart choice so you will be prepared for any rain.
If you are planning an outdoor party this summer and you are interested in any tent, table or chair rentals, contact A & R Party Tent Rentals. From backyard parties to large corporate events, A & R Party Tent Rentals offers quality products, reliable and efficient service and tent rental packages to meet the needs of any event! Give them a call at 631-433-9784.