As winter paves the way for spring, the weather gets warmer and more comfortable. The conditions become tenable, making it the right time to clean your backyard and prepare to invite family and friends for an outdoor spring party.
Whether you are hosting a small number of friends or a huge family gathering, use the following tips to organise a party your guests won’t forget!
Keep Pests Away
Nothing is as disgusting as dealing with pesky insects. Mosquitos, flies, and other bugs often give the impression of poor hygiene, which you don’t want.
A high-quality mosquito repellent and citronella candles can keep the insects away for at least 12 hours. This should be enough to run a mosquito-free party. Clearing stagnant water pools and trimming your lawn is also wise, as these provide breeding environments for mosquitoes. Even worse, they make your yard untidy.
Flies can also be a nuisance, especially if you intend to serve food. Fortunately, you can keep them away by installing a few food tents. Besides keeping bugs away, the tents provide shade.
Install a Fireplace
Humans gravitate towards a fireplace; it’s an innate feeling. Installing a fireplace in your outdoor space does more than keeping it warm – the heater is the focal point that draws every visitor’s attention.
You can install a hearth or purchase a wood-fired heater. The latter isn’t as convenient as electric and gas-powered units, but it offers an unmatched classic experience. Modern heating solutions can’t beat the ambience provided by traditional fireplaces.
When installing a heater, ensure there are no plants close to it. This reduces the risk of fire spreading if an accident occurs. Having a fire extinguisher is also crucial so that you’re ready for anything.
Add a Pizza Oven
Homemade pizzas are the best. You can make several of them without worrying about the expenses. More importantly, you choose the ingredients. This way, you avoid unhealthy preservatives and ingredients high in fat and salt.
This spring, consider adding a pizza oven to your outdoor space. You can prepare pizzas and other delicacies while enjoying the warm, calm weather. After sunset, the pizza oven will keep you warm.
Grow Some Herbs
Consider adding a few culinary accompaniments if you have a pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen. You can grow herbs like coriander, turmeric, chillies, etc., to enhance your food’s flavour.
Many people are hesitant to grow herbs, thinking it’s a difficult task requiring a lot of space. In reality, it’s easy and needs little space. You only require a few terracotta pots or plastic planters to start a small garden.
Besides being edible, these herbs beautify your yard and improve air quality.
Use Casual Dishes & Glassware
Anybody can attend your outdoor spring party. This includes children, who can be reckless when handling dishes and glassware. So don’t set out precious chinaware when hosting guests in your yard. Instead, use everyday utensils – go for something safe and functional. Melamine, plastic, and stainless steel are practical because they’re lightweight and don’t break easily.
If you want something similar to glassware, consider acrylic. It adds specialness to an otherwise causal event.
You can also opt to rent dishes and glassware if you don’t want to purchase utensils for a one-time event.
Install Light Fixtures
Despite its importance, many homeowners overlook lighting. Maybe they underestimate its significance or overestimate the sun’s reliability.
Many outdoor parties start around lunchtime when the sun is at its peak. However, these events often extend past sunset. Therefore, you must install lights if you want your guests to remain comfortable and stick around after dusk.
Embrace creativity when installing lights. Instead of the traditional incandescent bulbs, go for stringing LEDs, as they give you limitless customisation options. For instance, you can wrap the string around a tree or a post to create a magical effect. LEDs are particularly effective because they can produce different colours at alternating intervals.
You can also add a few solar lights to illuminate conversation areas. Finally, ensure that your yard has backup floodlights for emergencies.
Make it Comfortable
Comfort is vital to the success of any party, especially if it’s outdoors. You do not want to make the experience less desirable by exposing them to the scorching sun or blistering wind, so ensure that your patio has adequate protection against the elements.
If you live in a sunny region, install a roof cover. A low fence can also reduce the effects of strong winds.
It’s worth noting that comfort transcends shielding against inclement weather – you must invest in furniture and provide options for choosy individuals. For instance, you might want to prepare regular and vegan pizza recipes. If you’re serving drinks, remember that some of your guests prefer stronger options like gin and whiskey over wine and sodas.
Have Enough Seats
Do you own enough seats to accommodate your guests? Assessing your furniture inventory before holding an outdoor spring party is vital. You can take some of your dining chairs outdoors if you’re short on options. You can spread quilts on the grass for casual gatherings and let guests assume a picnic-like setting.
However, renting additional chairs is the best solution to your seating problem. It’s inexpensive, and you get a variety of seats. For instance, you can hire folding chairs if you have a small yard. If you want to go big, you can rent plush leather sofas. Leasing allows you to obtain additional accessories, such as a public address system and a bigger barbeque grill.
Music relaxes the mind and elevates your moods. So after treating your guests to delicious foods, the best thing is to play music. You don’t need to hire a DJ – several streaming services play custom music to suit the occasion.
Spring is the perfect season for outdoor parties since the weather is neither freezing nor scorching. Using the tips above, you can organise a party your guests will always treasure.