Outdoor Party Tips for Summer
5 Tips to Make Your Outdoor Party a Huge Success
Partying in the Summertime is often what we wait for all Winter. Somehow being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine tends to bring out the best in folks. That's why we've listed five tips that are sure to heighten your outdoor experience and get the party started, "Right"!
The other problem with outdoors is that you are sharing it with millions of hungry insects so keeping food safe can be a challenge. The easiest way to protect your food is to cover it with a mesh food cover. If you can find them, glass covers can add a touch of class and glass jars for chips and nibbles is a nice touch too. Not all insects are after the food so mosquitoes and other biting insects can be deterred using citronella candles or lamps which also generate a pleasant smell. You can even make your own lamps and add citronella lamp oil instead of the chem-based tiki oils.
If your party heads into the evening then you will want to provide sufficient lighting for the revelry to continue without it being overwhelming. Choose medium to low impact lighting to set the tone for the change in music, dancing or games. Remember that bright lighting also attracts unwanted flying guests; so invest in warm coloured LED lights to keep the bugs at a minimum. You can get them as low as $10 but getting better quality lighting will ensure you can use them for your next soiree. Side Note: I know all of you musicians and music buffs think that number four or even number one should have talked about the party music--but come on, even President Obama has a playlist, now.
Keeping food fresh on a hot summer's day can be a challenge so plan the menu to include lots of foods that stand up well in the heat. This can include raw fruits and veggies, cold soups (gazpachos are nice), salads, grilled or BBQ'd chicken, dairy free light desserts (seasonal parfaits, macaroons and cakes), a select group of cheeses (fresh or ripened goat cheeses, mozzarella and washed rind cheeses). Dairy free condiments such as grainy mustards and hot chili sauces also add a nice touch. It's important that you observe food safety guidelines; you don't want to send any of your guests home sick! Certain meats, seafood (particularly raw) and dairy products can turn your "good time" into a "nightmare". Even with the right menu it is best to keep things as cool as possible so make sure the food is well shaded. You can even purchase acrylic ice servers with lids that provide contained air flow to help keep foods safe to eat.
Great cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are an addition that you won't want to overlook. At Keena's Kitchen we tend to avoid sodas, heavy sugar based drinks and processed juices. It's easy to put together a few selections that are fresh, tasty and won't break the bank. Lemon mint water served in a dispenser with ice is always a big hit. Making sure your guests stay hydrated in warm weather can be a big plus. Other dispenser drinks like lemonade, infused iced teas, liqueur-presseco spritzers and sangrias are all good cost effective choices when serving groups.
No matter how you slice it, everyone loves a good outdoor celebration. Following these tips could be just the thing that makes you the "life of the party"! To learn more about our private party services visit the Private Dining page to find out how we can help make your outdoor party a memorable experience.