TOP TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER PARTY
Summer is the time for fun in the sun followed by long conversations into the evening with your friends and whether you are planning a dinner party for 12 or a pool party for 40 on Australia Day, here are our top 5 tips for a successful summer party.
1. CREATE POCKETS OF INTEREST
Create pockets of interest around your space that encourage people to mingle and mix with each other. A small area of just a couple of comfortable chairs and a side table invites an intimate conversation while a square of 4 benches and a coffee table invite a group discussion. If you don't have enough furniture, now is the time to hire additional seating for your guests.
2. FIND A GROOVE
Create a playlist (or find a pre-made one on Spotify) that sets the tone for your event. We have multiple summer playlists - one for a super hot and slow day, another for an upbeat day by the pool and another for sunset drinks. Music can really set the mood of your event and your guests attitude so make it a good one.
3. BUILD AN OUTDOOR BAR
One of our favourite ideas is to take a functional piece of furniture and make it a feature. You can set up a self service bar with a selection of alcohol and mixers or use dispensers with premixed drinks.
4. PREPARE IN ADVANCE
If you are catering your own party, prepare as much in advance and choose meals that you know well and have a proven track record of success. Hosting a party is never the time to experiment with a recipe.
5. PROVIDE SHELTER
If you're party is outdoors then you need to provide shelter from the sun. Don't make the mistake of not having your shade sail or umbrella UV protective - lest your guests get sunburned!