The 4 Essentials When Planning a Backyard Party
Planning a party is not always easy. It isn’t as simple as just telling people to come over and serve up some hotdogs and beverages.
It takes some planning and a bit of imagination to properly host a party.
When you have a backyard party planned, then you have a lot of options to consider.
There are a lot of variables to consider and these things need to be planned ahead. Since you want everybody to enjoy themselves and have a memorable time.
You want to make sure that you have all the elements covered that make for a great backyard party. In this article, we will go over some of the essentials for the next time you plan to host.
1 – Think of the Crowd
Before you send out any invitations, think about who is likely to be coming so you can think about what those people will want and need when they are there.
For instance, if you are going to have a lot of children there then you’ll have to make sure you know what to plan for them.
If you don’t think about them then the kids will get bored and most likely not want to be there.
Plan on having things like a bouncy castle. Luckily there are affordable bounce houses for sale so you can buy one instead of renting one and have it for years.
If the kids are very small then look into some fenced-in little play areas filled with toys appropriate for their age.
Adults like to have things to do besides eat and chat too.
Have some games set up for them to play and have a few laughs. Things like cornhole and horseshoes are great yard games that people love to play since they are easy to set up and enjoy.
When you have a mix of families, couples, and older people, you have to have a bit of everything to keep people entertained.
2 – Plan the Space
How you lay out the yard is going to have a big impact on how the party goes. You’ll have to draw up a sketch of the yard and the space so you can then separate it into regions.
Each region in the yard should have a purpose.
For instance, you will want the kid’s area to be self-contained and on its own so that the kids are concentrated in one area.
Where the grill goes is another region so keep that area for food preparation and beverages. Everybody will know where to go when they want to get something to eat or drink.
You should also think about the shady and sunny areas so you can think about where to put things. The kid’s bouncy castle should be in the shade.
That way can get hot out in the sun in areas where there isn’t much shade. Put up a tent where people can sit and eat and drink without being under the beating sun.
3 – Make a Food and Beverage List
When it comes to making sure everybody is fed and has enough beverages you will need to be very organized ahead of time.
This is because running out of food and drinks is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make when hosting a backyard party of any kind.
Have a variety of different foods for everybody’s tastes including some vegetarian options. Drinks should be varied between soft drinks, water, and alcohol so everybody gets what they want.
Don’t forget to get a head count of who is coming so you can plan out a menu that will feed everybody.
With that headcount, you will also need to know how many plates and cups to get to make sure that everybody is covered.
4 – Organize Some Entertainment
To make sure that you have everybody interacting and having a good time, organize some entertainment.
You already have the kids playing with each other and the adults playing lawn games, but it should go beyond that. Think about doing a raffle to get people excited.
You may also want to organize some games such as charades or a spelling bee for a few laughs.
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Play some music and encourage a dance competition that people of every age can participate in.
These types of games are great photo ops and are what people will always remember about your parties.
People will look forward to your backyard parties every year when you have all of these things clicking.
Do you have any other essentials when planning a backyard party?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.