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How To Host the Best Outdoor Summer Party

How To Host the Best Outdoor Summer Party

Cindy Cody Team - How To Host the Best Outdoor Summer Party

Hosting an outdoor summer party can be a lot of fun for your family, friends and neighbours. With the right preparation, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and put on a memorable event. Whether it’s for a birthday, celebration, or just an excuse to get together with some of your favourite people, here are some tips to ensure your summer event is a success. (Keep reading to see some amazing photos to inspire your summer parties.)

Planning and Preparation

  1. Choose the Right Date and Time:
    • Check the weather forecast in advance.
    • Opt for a late afternoon or evening start to avoid the midday heat.
  2. Send Invites Early:
    • Use digital invitations for convenience and to track RSVPs easily.
    • Include details about attire, parking, and any special instructions.
    • Or if you’re being spontaneous, send a text with all the details.
    • Make sure you let people know if you need them to bring anything or not.
  3. Theme and Decor:
    • Pick a fun summer theme (e.g., tropical, garden party, picnic).
    • Use vibrant, summery colors for decorations and table settings.
    • Consider lighting options for the evening, such as fairy lights, lanterns, or torches.

Food and Drinks

  1. Menu Planning:
    • Serve light, refreshing foods like salads, grilled vegetables, and fruits.
    • Include a variety of grilled items, such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and vegetarian options.
    • Prepare some dishes ahead of time to minimize on-site cooking.
  2. Drinks:
    • Provide a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If kids will be around, make sure any alcoholic drinks options (especially punches and unbottled drinks) are clearly labelled
    • Set up a drink station with iced tea, lemonade, and water to keep guests hydrated.
    • Consider having a signature cocktail or mocktail.
  3. Keep Food Safe:
    • Use coolers or ice packs to keep perishable foods cold.
    • Serve hot foods promptly and keep them covered when not being served.

Comfort and Safety

  1. Shade and Seating:
    • Provide ample shade with umbrellas, canopies, or tents.
    • Ensure there is enough seating for everyone, using a mix of chairs, benches, and blankets.
  2. Insect Control:
    • Set up citronella candles or torches to keep bugs away.
    • Have insect repellent available for guests to use.
  3. First Aid:
    • Have a basic first aid kit on hand for any minor injuries or issues.


  1. Music:
    • Create a summer playlist to set the mood.
    • Consider having live music or a DJ if you’re having a larger party and your budget allows.
  2. Games and Activities:
    • Set up lawn games like cornhole, badminton, or bocce ball.
    • Provide activities for kids if families are invited, such as a bubble station or water games.


  1. Trash and Recycling:
    • Place clearly labeled bins for trash and recycling around the party area.
    • Use compostable or reusable plates, cups, and utensils to minimize waste.
  2. Post-Party Plan:
    • Recruit a few friends or family members to help with clean-up.
    • Have a system in place for handling leftover food, such as containers for guests to take home.

Back-Up Plan

  1. Have A Back-Up Plan in Mind
    • Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable. Whether it be an indoor option or a rain date, have a backup plan in mind.

By covering these bases, you’ll be well-prepared to host an enjoyable and memorable outdoor summer party.

Inspiration For Your Next Summer Party