Have you been spending spring planting new foliage in your backyard? Are you ready to show off your hard work? Throw a party to celebrate the blossoms in your yard and start summer right with your loved ones.
If the thought of hosting a party is at once exciting and intimidating to you, we understand! Between food, music, entertainment, and hosting, where is the time to actually kick back, you may think. Use these ideas to get the ball rolling on your party.
Add Live Music
When we say “live music”, we don’t mean engaging an entire band for a party. We mean encouraging your musically-inclined friends to strum some instruments. A ukulele is a surprisingly lesser-know, but easy-to-play instrument that anyone, irrespective of how seasoned or unseasoned they are, can play. While you can get a ukulele in most music shops, you should look for ones that are also weather-resistant. Ukuleles produce a beautiful, sweet sound so get one that you can carry around almost everywhere with you.
When you add live music to your event, you encourage people to loosen up, make friends, and connect over tunes they love. Not only can music add oodles of fun to your party, but when people are enjoying themselves, you don’t have to worry about entertaining everyone all by yourself.
Bring in the Games
There is nothing like some friendly competition to get a party going. Even if your yard is small, you can bring in games like corn hole that don’t take up so much space. If you plan to invite parents with kids, you will want to ensure that you have entertainment options for the kids too. Bring in a splash pool or set up a craft table. When the kids are happily engaged, their parents can relax and enjoy their time with you.
If you plan to invite different groups of friends, then games are a great way to give them an opportunity to get to know each other.
Add Signature Drinks to the Mix
Give people a chance to indulge their creativity and have fun by setting up a make-your-own drinks bar. Bring in a few hard and soft drinks, fruits, and cocktail shakers, and encourage people to try their hand at making a drink for themselves and others. This is a great way to add boatloads of energy into your party.
Be sure to remember those who may not want to consume alcohol. Bring in some mocktail mixes and non-alcoholic drinks that they can experiment with.
This will add energy and excitement to your party, but importantly, it will make people feel at home with you. After all, isn’t that the goal of being a great host?!
Roll in a Chalkboard
Like making their own drinks gives people a chance to express their creativity, inviting people to make chalk art does the same. Encourage everyone to write a message, a joke, a riddle, or simply make art. The best thing about writing things on a chalkboard is that everyone who is interested can read it and participate in the fun.
You can also make this your Instagram-friendly zone by posing for fun photos in front of the chalkboard.
If we were to ask what you remember from your favorite parties, we bet your stories will revolve around the people you met and the jokes you shared. You won’t remember the food so much as you will remember winning a game as a team and becoming friends with strangers.
Be the catalyst for people to make beautiful memories with these useful party tips, and don’t forget to point out your beautiful yard blossoms.