Lights, cool drinks, friends chatting, and laughing. Sounds fun, right? Believe it or not, everyone wants to host a party in their backyard at least once. This includes even the people who don’t own a backyard. But those who have it can ensure that their guests enjoy the party to the fullest. You can be lazy and still socialize with your favorite people, and what’s better than doing it in the backyard of your own house?
If you’re planning to host such a cheerful summery backyard party with your friends, here are the hacks that you can follow to make it a bit more special than it already will be:
Set a Theme for Your Party
If you have a theme for your party, you will know what exactly you want your backyard party to look like. Since backyard parties are common during the summertime, you can go for a fantastic summer party: a party filled with lemonade, less lighting, and less furniture to give people more space for themselves. Flowers add beauty to every corner, so you can try incorporating daisies or any other flower of your choice into the corners of your backyard. Flowers will give a breezy vibe to the party.
A watermelon party, rainbow party, or candy party are some budget-friendly themes to have fun with friends. You won’t have to break the bank or anything to arrange this party.
Keep the Food Light
Nobody likes to have fancy dinners at backyard parties. As you will be hosting a party for your friends, you can plan something more casual. For instance, if you are into pasta, cheesy food, or chips, plan a menu revolving around these things. You can have different types of pasta, chips and summer fruits.
If you want to go a little overboard and anyone from your group loves to grill, then you can add any grilled dish on the menu as a main course and keep veggies and pasta as starters. For a grill, you don’t have to dedicate a significant portion of the budget, instead, the best budget pellet grills would serve the purpose. Make sure your grill is on a flat surface and away from any potentially flammable material.
Plan Water Activities
Why do people even host parties in their backyards if they don’t have a water fight? Water activities are a must in summers. You can get various water guns and water toys to make it enjoyable. Water balloons are another excellent option if your friends don’t mind getting hit by them.
You can either play a game of passing water to each other or mix it with truth and dare. You can plan activities according to the age group of the people you are inviting.
Fun tip: Add colors to water to make the game just a little more interesting.
Have One Beverage
You can choose to prepare lemonade, fresh mango, or orange juice. Keep it in a fancy container. Ensure you have enough glasses for the guests because you don’t want to hear people shouting “water!” “water!”. Have enough ice to keep your drink cool; if you can’t, take a tub, fill it with ice, and place your drinks.
Get Rid of Pests
The most uncomfortable thing about backyard parties are pests, but you can handle them too. Two to three days before hosting a party, you can keenly check your backyard for any still water. Take care of your plants and get them thinned out. Sprinkle Epsom salt around the backyard to keep all the pests away.
Then, on the day you will be hosting the party, burn a citronella candle in your backyard five hours before the guest’s arrival. Apart from this, provide your friends with sunscreen. For any emergencies, keep ice packs handy.
Don’t Let You Friends Leave Empty-Handed
Before your friends leave, give them something to make this party memorable. The gift doesn’t have to be extravagant; it can be something as cute as a small plant. The idea of giving polaroids is quite unique because they capture the moment perfectly, and you can touch those pictures, bringing back all the happy memories.
The other way of thanking your friends for coming to the party is to write them small notes. The notes are a personalized way of showing how much they mean to you.
Backyard parties are the best. They allow you to enjoy the summer season to the fullest. These tips can help you take your backyard parties to the next level. Invite your friends over, and happy partying!