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9 Tips for the Ultimate Backyard Party!

Throwing a party in your backyard is one of the best ways to kick back with family and friends. But it’s not as easy as serving potato salad and unfolding a few chairs. The most memorable parties require careful planning and creativity. Follow these simple tips … and turn your next outdoor party into a celebration they’ll never forget!


Create a Simple Menu

Planning the menu doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Keep it simple, but make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy—including gluten-free options. Offer a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Provide Plenty of Shade

Sunny skies are great for catching rays, but not everyone wants to get their tan on. Consider renting a tent or setting up umbrellas to keep your guests cool. A cheaper option: pass out hand fans.

Maintain Your Grill

Make sure the chef stays safe by cleaning the grill beforehand, especially the dripping tray. If you’re using a propane tank, check the hoses for leaks and loose connections. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Check Your Insurance

Anytime a large group of people visits your property, there’s a chance for injury. Dust off your home insurance policy and make sure you have enough personal liability insurance—just in case.

Arrange for Fun Activities

Fun games and activities are excellent ways to get your guests mingling. For the kids, consider a slip-and-slide or bouncy house. For the grown-ups, corn hole and ring toss are tried-and-true favorites!

Create Some Atmosphere

Sometimes the special touches make all the difference. Wrap white lights around your tree trunks or set up a couple speakers and play your favorite tunes. Planning a Hawaiian theme? Think tiki torches and leis!

Spruce Up the Yard

A backyard party is a great chance to show off your home. Take the time to mow the lawn, trim the hedges, weed the garden and sweep the deck. If you have a swimming pool, be sure to skim off the bugs!

Alert the Neighbors

If you don’t plan on inviting your neighbors, you should let them know it might be noisy for a few hours. This simple courtesy may prevent calls to the local constable if partygoers get overly enthusiastic.

Make a Guest List

Invite your guests at least two weeks in advance. Most people’s weekends tend to fill up in the warm weather so get on their calendar early. Use the invitation to specify attire and when food will be served.
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