5 Easy Steps To Holding An Outdoor Party

Party planning need not be a headache. Simply follow these quick, easy-to-do steps.

Updated on June 09, 2017 8:06 am

Camille Besinga

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1. Pick a venue that’ll require minimal decorating.
If you don’t have a garden or backyard of your own, choose a park filled with beautifully landscaped greens and flowers. Better yet, hold your party in a place that already has tables, chairs, or benches, so all you’ll have to do is bring your food, utensils, and guests. If you have a roof deck or outdoor lanai in your own home, simple spruce up with fairy lights, or citronella candles in clear glass containers, which double as mosquito and insect repellants.

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2. Create a menu of dishes that are easy to make and that’ll hold up in heat.
Avoid creamy recipes or anything with dairy, as these tend to spoil easily. Light salads and protein-rich foods, like grilled chicken, hold well in outdoor buffets. Or, bring out the grill and let guests pick right off it as you cook easy-to-prepare foods like hotdogs, burgers, and sausages. If not that, prep your food beforehand so that you’ll only need to bring them out when it’s time to eat. You’ll want to mingle with your guests, not feel harassed over whether they’re filling their plates enough or not.

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3. Have a beverage table that’ll cater to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinkers.
Place bottled sodas, juices, and beer in separate coolers filled with ice, so that guests will just simply help themselves. Or have a big beverage dispenser serving delicious punch or fruit juice.

4. Use disposable plates, glasses, and utensils for hassle-free cleanups right after the party.
Choose eco-friendly materials like corn-made plates or biodegradable plastic. There are plenty of pretty and colourful disposable party materials in the market, as well as plastic stemware, if you intend on serving wine or spirits.

5. Designate a rubbish bin area that’s a bit hidden from sight but only a few steps away from the main party area.
Guests will see it immediately and know to where to throw their used plates and utensils, but it’ll be far enough to not attract flies and bring the stench of rubbish to your party.

Cover photo courtesy of Car Moebel

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