Hosting a Summer Extravaganza

summer party tips

Your deck or patio has a fresh, clean look for the summer season. It sparkles in the sunshine and is waiting for the guests to arrive. Now is the perfect time to host a summer celebration. Here are some party theme ideas sure to impress your guests. 

Party Prep

The first order of business is to make sure the weather is going to cooperate. A warm evening with a nice summer breeze is ideal. Set out comfortable seating for guests and a table for the food. Now, it’s time to fine-tune the details. The following steps will help make your party a success.

Pick a Party Theme

Come up with ideas that will work well in an outdoor space. Party themes can include a backyard BBQ, summer camp, water fun, a beach party, ice cream social, game night, wine and cheese, or build-your-own pizza. The ideas are endless. 

Party Seating & More

Set up multiple seating areas around your outdoor space for the party. Re-arrange outdoor furniture if you need to. Put together clusters of chairs by a small table. This will create a cozy, intimate feel for guests. If you’re short on outdoor party seating, grab a few chairs and colorful cushions from inside. Create a fun mix-and-match look for your party. If you’re hosting a game night, find a space to set up yard games.

Provide Party Lighting

Create outdoor ambiance with different types of lighting. Use candle lit lanterns to set the mood in seating areas and illuminate walkways. String rope lights across your trees to create soft lighting.  Citronella-scented candles or tiki torches repel pests and provide a nice glow. 

Set Up Party Food

A self-serve buffet is the perfect way to highlight your party theme. Cook up some hamburgers, hot dogs, and s’mores for summer camp. Stock your table with finger foods and cake for a birthday party. If it’s taco night, set up the ingredients so guests can build their own. If it’s a cookies and ice cream party, you know what to do! Invite your guests to bring a dish as well to add to the food selection. Don’t forget to set out paper plates, utensils, and napkins. Pick a color and style that fits your party theme.  

A Drink Station

Make sure you have an area set aside for a beverage station. Set out large dispensers of summer favorites like iced tea, fruit-infused ice water, and lemonade. Don’t forget the cups! Put single serve bottled drinks in coolers filled with ice. If kids are joining the party, create a fun punch station. Put out colorful straws and cups along with a bright, fruity punch for them to drink.

Party Decorations & Color

Simple, casual decor often works the best. Natural elements like greenery and vivid, fresh flowers look great as centerpieces. Take a trip to the dollar store to buy additional party favors that blend in with your theme. 

Don’t be shy about using bright colors. They will make your party space comes alive. Colorful linens, for instance, can add pop to tables. 

Party Favors

Give a small gift bag to guests as a thank you for coming to the party. Candles, bath fizzes, and sweet treats are some ideas. Put favors on a fabric-covered outdoor table for people to grab on the way out.

Remember to relax and enjoy yourself. If you have fun at your own party, your guests will too.

Brighten Your Outdoor Space

If you are ready to spruce up your outdoor space, the professionals at Peak Power Wash can help. Let us deep clean your home exterior, deck, sidewalk, or driveway. We use a technique called “soft wash”, which uses a much lower amount of pressure and reduces potential harm to surfaces. Contact us at 443-686-WASH or visit our website to request a free estimate.



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