In places like Texas, temperatures stay warm throughout the year. This means homeowners can use their outdoor living spaces to host open-air gatherings in every season. But you’ll need more than just pleasant weather to make your event entertaining for everyone.
3 Tips to Throw an Open-Air Party
1. Cook Food on the Grill
Guests are bound to get hungry during the party, so provide lots of food. Hamburgers, hot dogs, kabobs, and other backyard barbecue staples are great options because guests won’t need utensils to enjoy their meal. It’s also much easier for the host to stay involved with the party if they cook outside on a grill instead of running between guests and the kitchen. Before you shop for groceries, ask your guests if anyone has any food restrictions you’ll need to consider. You might want to also provide seating areas for guests to use while they eat—if you don’t have enough lawn furniture, arrange picnic blankets on the grass and bring out a few lounging pillows.
2. Set up an Outdoor Bar
Setting up a dedicated bar in your outdoor living area will make your event feel more sophisticated and intentional. Pick a few creative cocktails to prepare in advance, or let guests serve themselves. Make sure to include a wide array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so everyone has plenty of options, and don’t forget to keep ice readily available. To help your guests keep track of their drinks, provide glass ornament rings; if you’re using disposable plastic cups, gather a few permanent markers that can be used for labeling.
3. Add Festive Yard Games
Encourage everyone to socialize by setting up a series of lawn games. From croquet to relay races, badminton, and lawn bowling, there are plenty of games that require teams. Participating in activities as a team will give people a chance to get to know each other better.
If you want to boost the functionality of your outdoor living space before hosting a big event, reach out to Arbors and Patios. Since 2006, they’ve helped homeowners throughout Dallas County, TX, install open-air fireplaces and kitchens, decks, patios, and decorative concrete to make outdoor living areas more visually appealing and comfortable. To schedule a consultation in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex area, call (214) 603-8071. You can also visit the patio and deck builders online to see photos of their projects, and check out their Angie’s List® profile to read client reviews.