Easy Summer Party Planning Ideas

July 25, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement 

There are few better times during the year to entertain than in summer. The weather is warm, the daylight lasts longer and the children don’t have to get up and get ready for school the next day. If you are not sure how to plan or what to do, here is a guide to lead you through the party planning maze.

You first will want to decide whether or not to hold the party outdoors. If the weather is supposed to be fair and you have plenty of shady spots, al fresco dining can be a great way to go. If the weather is not conducive to outdoor eating, then there is no reason why you cannot have a great indoor party. You could even dine indoors, but have some outside time, as well. This can be a great way to keep the children occupied by offering them some fun outdoor activities.

The menu can be as simple or as formal as you want, just let your friends’ likes and dislikes be your guide. If everyone typically likes the same things, you can plan a dinner with one set hors d’oeuvres or salad, an entre and one dessert. If people have dietary restrictions, it can be easier to host a buffet party and include a little something for everyone.

Seasonal ingredients are less pricey and generally at their peak of flavor, so choose these items instead of out-of-season fruits and veggies. For a buffet, offer some grilled meats, grilled sausages, grilled shrimp and grilled veggies on a huge platter and surround it with freshly prepared salads and simple side dishes. For a set dinner, consider a light and cool cucumber soup, followed by roasted pork tenderloin with a spicy slaw and a dessert of lemon meringue pie or strawberry shortcakes.

Fresh flowers and beautifully set tables are really all you need in terms of decoration, although if you are eating outside, consider placing some colorful string lights here and there. You can order the flowers online and have them delivered fresh and ready to go on the day of the party. Letting a professional do the work will result in time saved and perfectly designed floral displays.

When it comes to flowers, you probably need just one or two arrangements. Place one arrangement on the main dining table and perhaps another to decorate your buffet. You can also place a vase of flowers on the table by the front door to greet your guests. If you will have a children’s table, cover the table with a tablecloth and then a cover of white butcher paper. Then add a few small mason jars filled with crayons instead of flowers and let the kids decorate the table cloth themselves.

Ji Hitzeman likes writing and loves flowers. For further information about Tustin Florist, or to find a Tustin Flowers shop, please check out the GoFlorist site today.

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