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Entertaining in the Summer
Entertaining in the Summer
Summer is the season of celebrations! From the Fourth of July to Labor Day and all the days in between, you can always find reasons to throw a party at your house. Even though the days may be hotter, they're also longer and tend to cool off in the evenings, providing the perfect party atmosphere and ambiance. Here are some tips for party planning this summer season.
Easy Tastes Just as Good
Some of you hear the words "party" and "planning" and begin to have a panic attack. The thought of providing that much good food to guests can scare the summer fun out of some people. However, the bottom line on party food is this: free food is as impressive as free gourmet food. Don't stress about preparing something extravagant. Pigs-in-a-blanket and veggie wraps always please a crowd without causing emotional breakdowns in the kitchen, even if they are store-bought!
Decor the Mood
The way you decorate can dictate your party's general mood. If you want a nice, quiet, cozy soiree outside, you can entertain within the warm firelight of torches and small outdoor candles. If you're going for a more exciting party, you could opt to huddle guests around a bonfire. The loud pops and cracks of the fire encourage a louder celebration. Take it a step further with a decor theme. For example, if you want your guests to feel nostalgic for "summers past", try using all vintage serving dishes and decorations.
It may be easier to use disposable flatware, serving utensils, and silverware, but you'll save money if you just use your own. Not only will you be saving money, but you'll be saving the environment, too! Plus, it kicks your party up one more notch on the classy scale. If you're embarrassed about the plates you got for your wedding in 1985, don't worry! You can always rent flatware from party stores, usually for less money than you'd spend on disposable items.
Snap Some Memories
Make sure to take lots of pictures of your events. Not only will it create physical mementos for you and your guests, but it will also help you remember all the things you prepared for your party. That way, you can use them for inspiration later!
The main thing to remember is that it's all about bringing people together. It's not about the food or the ambiance, as much as you, the host, may feel it is. The most laid-back of seasons, summer was made for enjoying each other's company. Hopefully these party-planning tips will get you excited about summer parties and help you ease into it more comfortably. Have fun!