Summer is the season of long days by the pool and evenings outside firing up the grill. It’s also the best time of year to gather friends and family around for some quality time. If you’re thinking of throwing a get-together soon, here are helpful tips and tricks from Climate Design you may want to keep in mind.
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1. Give Guests the Lowdown Before the Party
It’s always best to be prepared. Do your guests the favor of letting them down the details before the party starts. When you send out invites or call friends up, let them know what the attire will be and when they should be there if they want dibs on the food. If you’re hosting a potluck style dinner, create a spreadsheet on google drive that everyone can access and update so you don’t end up with five pasta salads and nothing for dessert (the most important part of the meal).
2. Survey Your Seating
Make sure you prepare and have enough seats. You don’t want to have five chairs and 20+ people show up. Pull chairs from inside that can stand the outdoors, stools or even place some rugs out on the grass for picnic-style seating. If it’s going to be a larger ordeal, consider renting chairs for the evening or investing in a picnic table.
3. Light it Up
Even though summer means more hours of sunlight, a night sky will eventually arrive over the course of the party. Go for subtle lighting with strands of twinkle or festival lights, or make your own lighting by placing votives or tea lights in Mason jars.
4. Make it a Mosquito-Free Zone
Nothing kills the mood quite like a swarm of unwanted guests. Here are four effective ways to keep the mosquitos away from your backyard party:
- Aromaflage Candles
- Mosquito Repellent and Wipes
- Tiki Torches With Citronella Fuel
- Off! Mosquito Lamp
5. Keep It Cool
Summers in Tampa Bay, Fla. are brutal. This can make it tough to enjoy an outdoor gathering. Be prepared and keep guests cool by stocking up on handheld fans, ice packs and umbrella shades. You may also want to consider investing in an oscillating electric fan. This will kill two birds with one stone by providing a nice breeze and keeping bugs at bay. Have your AC inspected and serviced by a professional before the party starts to avoid disaster.
6. Prepare a Playlist
What’s a party without some good tunes? Prepare a playlist ahead of time, or set up an outdoor speaker and blast your favorite station on Pandora or Spotify. Check out Real Simple’s best music for a summer party playlists.
7. Cook up Summer Cuisine
Master the art of summertime entertaining and make it a party to remember with everyone’s favorite part—the food! From grilling fare and seafood to pasta salads, casseroles and popsicles. Check out these simple recipes for smashing summer cuisine. You may want to find out from friends ahead of time if they have any dietary restrictions to be sure you have something for everyone to enjoy.
8. Mix up Party Beverages
The other favorite area of any party is the beverage station. Put drinks on ice in galvanized tubs to add some charm and style to your beverage station. You can also premix cocktails and keep them chilled on ice so you’re not playing bartender all night long.
9. Create a Trash/Recycling Space
Keep the celebration tidy by preparing a space for trash and recycling bins. This is helpful for guests and will avoid the headache of a huge clean-up after everyone goes home.
10. Make a Kid-Fun Zone
While the adults are enjoying themselves chatting over cocktails and sangria, it’s best to have an area where the little ones can frolic on their own. Buy some beach balls, bubbles and maybe even a Slip ‘n Slide to keep them entertained through the party.
Climate Design’s AC Experts Will Keep Your Summer Fun Cool
If you’re hosting an indoor/outdoor get-together, there’s nothing worse than inviting friends over to a hot, muggy house. Make sure your air conditioning system is in tiptop shape to avoid an unexpected breakdown when the fun’s supposed to start. Since 1973, the AC experts at Climate Design have proudly served residents across the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa Bay areas.
We provide HVAC and plumbing services seven days a week, 265 days a year. Call us today at (888) 572-7245 to schedule your appointment, or visit us online to request a free estimate on our services.