Outdoor parties are common in the summer, but a heat wave can make it uncomfortable to sit outside. You don’t have to move your entire party indoors. Make a few adjustments to your party plans to keep your guests cool so they can enjoy the party.
Set Up in the Shade
Does your yard have some shade already? Or will it by the time the guests arrive? If possible, set up seating areas in those shady spots. That gives the guests somewhere to sit where they’ll naturally congregate anyway. The shade in your yard gives the guest a break from the beating sun.
If your yard doesn’t have any shade already, you can always rent some. Party rental stores offer tents in a variety of sizes for outdoor events. Check out the rental store to see if they offer a tent that will fit into your outdoor space and your budget. On a smaller scale, you can set up a tailgating canopy or similar shade devices that create cooler pockets in the yard.
Adjust the Schedule
If you aren’t set on having a party during the day, consider moving it a little later. The sun is the most intense during mid day. Wait until late in the afternoon or the evening to start your outdoor events. It might still be hot, but you won’t get the intense sun like you would earlier in the day.
If you have easy access to electrical outlets, plug in a few box fans around the outdoor party area. Set up the fans where the guests will spend most of their time. You can also set out cardboard fans that guests wave in front of themselves to create a bit of cool air.
Water is an easy way to cool down your guests. If they’re wearing nice clothes, they might not want to get wet. But for a casual event, set up a sprinkler or a misting hose that guests can use to cool off. You can also buy little mister bottles or handheld fans that also blow a mist of water out.
Your original plans might have been to stay outside for the party, but if it gets too hot, you might want to invite guests inside. Let guests know it’s okay to head indoors to get a break from the intense heat. You might also want to set the food up inside. Putting food outside on a hot day can increase the changes of food poisoning — especially for salads or dips that should stay cold. Setting up the food buffet indoors gives you better temperature control so you don’t make your guests sick.
Serve Cool Foods
Another way to keep guests cool is by what you serve. Have plenty of cold drinks on hand so the guests can stay cool and hydrated. Cold foods, such as frozen ice pops, also help the guests stay cool.