Summer Party Planning Tips

Summer, with its warm weather and longer days, provides the perfect opportunity to host parties. Fourth of July, Labor Day and late summer weddings are just a few examples. While the party itself is sure to be a fun time, the planning process can be very stressful. Here are a few summer party planning tips to help make the planning process easier.

Ask for Help

When it comes to planning a party, there are a lot of things to do. Taking everything on yourself can be quite a handful. Whether it is asking someone else to pick up ice the day of or having your creative friend make the invitations, every bit helps. Don’t do everything yourself; the only thing that will do is increase your stress. Figure out what needs to be done, what you can do and where you need help. You’ll be surprised by how much you can hand off to others, all you have to do is ask. Come up with a checklist to help you stay organized.

Make Things Easier for Yourself

Of course, cooking an entire meal for all of your guests sounds like a great idea, but it is a large task. If there is a dish you absolutely have to make yourself, go for it. But getting things catered, buying them ready-made, or asking guests to bring a dish to pass will help you not be as busy in the days leading up. Using disposable cups, plates and utensils will also make your job a lot easier. There are lots of options to choose from and this way you don’t have to worry about anything breaking or a guest accidentally throwing out a piece of silverware.

Get a Tent

Tents provide a comfortable place for your guests to relax and enjoy the party outdoors. Most rental companies also have tables and chairs available as well so that it is a one-stop shop. Having a tent will allow your guests to enjoy the weather and not be stuck inside. Tents provide shade from the summer sun and can even be used as a landmark for guests to spot when they arrive. Utilizing a tent also allows you to have more freedom of where your party takes place. Put the tent right by the garage and have food and drinks just inside the garage, or place the tent in the backyard and guests can grab their food and drinks in the kitchen, the options are endless.

Have a Plan B

It is a very rare occurrence that something goes perfectly. When it comes to party planning, you always need to have a Plan B. Don’t stress if you need to change a detail last minute. The best thing you can do in the event of a quick change is to roll with it. Coming up with potential Plan B’s beforehand can help make the party less stressful. With a Plan B already in place, you can just move on and focus on the other tasks that need to be done.

This is a guest post contributed by Alpine Rent All & Sales, a tent, equipment and party rental company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.