During nice weather, parties tend to move from the living room to the backyard. Good Backyard Party Ideas and outdoor entertaining help can make your parties stand out from the rest!
Probably one of the first bits of advice I can give you is about your time! Keep your individual tasks as simple as possible. At the head of the list of all backyard party ideas is this:
You never want to ever have to "disappear" from the party at any time because you are off somewhere working away at something for long periods of time. Be available for as much of the party as possible. Your guests want to see you and spend time with you - and I’m sure you want to spend time with them as well….hence the party! LOL
- If your backyard party will not be under a covered deck or patio, one of the best backyard party ideas is to consider renting a party tent. Nothing will ruin your outdoor party faster than rain! Even if it’s a shower - you will have to run in with all the food, wet shoes, etc. Who needs all that!? With all the time, work, and money you will put into this, you don't want that relatively small expense to end your party miserably because of a rain shower. So if you don't have a deck or patio cover, make sure to put a party tent on your list.
Decorating for your backyard party can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like it. It can be decorating to a theme, if you are using one, or just be some of the same decorations you would use in an indoor party. Just make sure you decorate with things that can be taped or fastened down if it's windy that day. Chasing after decorations from your party is not much fun at all. Make sure you have nice lighting! You don't want you and your guests feeling around in the dark for their food or drinks. If you are not willing to purchase all the outdoor light fixtures - a few strings of Christmas lights usually does the trick!
- Consider renting or even buying (they are relatively cheap) an outdoor fireplace. That adds great ambiance to your party. Center it where most of the guests can use it should they get cold. Many outdoor fireplaces can double-up as grills, so you can have little snacks or food items available that can be grilled quickly and served.
For the food, have as much prepared as possible before the party starts. If you are serving barbeque, which takes a long time to cook, have it ready or almost ready before the party has even started or, try preparing grilled foods that are quick, like steaks or hamburgers.
Better yet, set up a buffet table, where guests pick out different items they want. Maybe put out finger foods to snack on to start with, or maybe some type of a theme - just make sure you don’t have too many cheese or you’re dealing with a “melting pot”. LOL Get it? LOL Ok - anyway, just make sure you have a way to keep everything covered to keep out flies or bugs.
- Speaking of bugs, make sure you have as much protection for you and your guests as possible. Put out citronella candles or tiki torches, bug zappers, and anything else that will fight them off as best as possible. Also, you can have cans of mosquito repellent on every table or at least available for you and guests. And if you were going to rent that party tent, they make them with mosquito netting already built in to take care of two problems at once.
- Drinks! A keg of beer is always very welcome. Some other backyard party ideas for drinks, and keeping with the same theme, is to have lots margarita mix made ahead of time. Guests could add the salt, ice, and tequila themselves. Also, renting a margarita machine is a good idea if your budget allows it. You can use the machine to make frozen daiquiris or the margaritas. Other good drink ideas are fruity drinks such as coladas, Mojitos and the recent favorite, Caipirinha. Caipirinha is like a Brazilian equivalent to the Mojito and very easy to make. Here is a link to a recipe I found on line http://www.maria-brazil.org/caipirinha.htm.
Keep things simple - go out on a limb and hire a few servers, a bartender, a Cook Master for your grill. Trust me when I tell you that the guests that appreciate our services the most are those that hire party staff for their outdoor parties. Their food is always fresh; the mess is contained as we clean-up as we go and most importantly, YOU ARE A GUEST! There is no work to be done on your party after we leave! Kitchen is clean, garbage is taken out - you’re free to drink up and enjoy.
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