Summer weekends are made for outdoor parties, whether it’s an intimate get-together with friends or a block party barbecue. The Mall at Bay Plaza in the Bronx has everything you need to throw the soiree of the season. Here, the staff of this local shopping center offers four tips for throwing a fun outdoor party.
Pick a Theme
Themes are a must-have for kid’s parties, but they’re perfect for grown-up gatherings, too. Choosing a theme offers inspiration for decor, food, and party props. Whether you choose a luau or a celebration of Americana, you can even encourage guests to plan an outfit that matches the theme. The Mall at Bay Plaza has a variety of fashionable stores, so you can buy fun clothes for the whole family or select something chic to wear for a sophisticated dinner.
Every party needs music, whether it’s a live band or a playlist. Picking up a new set of speakers from your local shopping center makes it easy to stream music from your favorite device.
Games are another fantastic way to bring your guests together. Bocce ball, lawn bowling, croquet, cornhole, and backyard volleyball are all great options. Classic board games and card games are a fun way to unwind after a meal. If your friends have a flair for the dramatic, try an exciting round of charades.
Photo booths offer your guests the chance to get creative and capture the special night. You can rent a photo booth or build one yourself. The Mall at Bay Plaza has a wide selection of accessory stores that will help you create the perfect collection of photo props. Stop by the mall’s department stores to check out their selection of digital cameras, including models that create instant prints, or invite guests to use their smartphones.
Serve Special Refreshments
Outdoor parties are a great time to indulge in delicious treats. Whether you prefer all-American barbecue and apple pie or crowd-pleasing pizza and pasta, pairing tasty snacks and signature beverages with colorful new dishes and glasses will make your spread memorable. Draw inspiration from your favorite restaurants and food court vendors—they can even provide party-size servings, so you don’t have to worry about cooking.
When you’re planning an outdoor party for friends and family, The Mall at Bay Plaza is your one-stop-shop for everything on your list. Their extensive list of retailers and services mean you’ll find everything from a hip outfit to new patio furniture. You can even order a party food from one of the mall’s restaurants. Call (718) 208-2750 for more information and visit their website for a store directory.