Having summer gatherings with your friends helps make the summer heat much more tolerable. Summer parties are more exciting and full of energy compared to parties that take place during other seasons. With everyone looking forward to getting together, it’s important to plan smart when organizing the best party possible.
It can be a big undertaking to plan a good party during summer. First you’ll need to find out how many people will be attending. This will determine how much room, food, and drinks you’ll need. Food is one of the most important aspects of any good party. It is sometimes a challenge to prepare everything you’ll need, so make sure to set goals you feel confident in reaching.
It’s best to prepare light foods such as meats, cheeses, and vegetable platters. Having heavy food can make people feel tired and want to take a nap. It’s possible to pair combinations of light and heavy food though. Having a cookout with hotdogs and burgers is very popular, but you’ll also want to serve something light like popsicles and other frozen desserts.
The easiest way to have food for a party is to have everything catered. This insures that everyone will have enough food and you won’t have to stress about preparing anything yourself. This will free you up to focus on other tasks like entertainment. It’s important to be aware of your guests food preferences though. Some people have dietary restrictions and yes, some other people might just be picky. Try to have some gluten-free and vegetarian options so that there’s a wide range of choices to appease everyone.
I’d also recommend avoiding any dips that are mayonnaise or cream based. These dips tend to spoil very quickly, even more so when the weather is hot and the sun is beating down. Serve some freshly prepared salsa or guacamole instead. It’s a favorite among most people and will stay fresh for the duration of your party.
Finally, be sure that all of the food for your guests is easily accessible. Get a few big tables set up as prep stations so people can walk along with their plate and grab whatever they want. Having the table open from both sides allows two rows of people to get food and frees up congestion. If it’s a really hot day make sure to have an area to sit in shade and a sprinkler going for people that want to cool off.