Yes, fall is right around the corner, and everyone loves fall these days – the sweaters, the PSLs, the fall foliage, and the football games. But wait! Summer isn’t over yet, so to make the most of these last few summer weekends, host an unforgettable “farewell to summer bash” for your family and friends. Here’s a few of our favorite tips to end the season with some serious fun in the sun.
1. Pick a theme
Flamingo fiesta? Beer ‘n brats party? S’mores campfire? Pick a fun theme that will help you easily plan the rest of your party, from invitations and décor to food and games.
2. Staging and décor
Wow your guests with fun decorations and a nice party flow that covers everything for the best seating, eating, and mingling in your yard. To create the right flow and seating space, move around your already existing furniture, place some chairs around a firepit, or bring in a few high-top cocktail tables for guests to place food and drinks while chatting. Décor can be as easy or as over the top as you want…especially when there are so many ideas, from pre-made decorations or handcrafted DIY projects.
3. Add a water feature
It’s still hot out there, so keep it cool with a water feature. For an elegant party, add a few misters throughout the yard. For a kid-friendly party, you can’t go wrong with a slip ‘n slide or a giant water table. If you have a pool, make sure to remind your guests to wear poolside attire, and as an added touch, provide a few extra towels and a basket with various sunscreen options!
4. Keep food fresh and simple
Capitalize on summer’s bounty with cold fruit salad, heirloom tomatoes and basil, or fresh farmers’ market greens. Fire up the grill and make easy-to-eat party foods like sliders, chicken skewers or grilled shrimp, and don’t forget dessert! Popsicles, brownie bites, or chocolate covered strawberries will all be a hit every time.
5. Make it memorable with an activity
If you really want to go big, bring in a photo booth to please the crowd, or consider having some sort of tournament: cornhole, bocce ball, or horse shoes…the possibilities are endless!