Move the Party Outdoors

Summer is a great time to entertain outdoors, especially if you have a great backyard.  Whether you’re just having a few friends over or hosting an outdoor party for your entire family, getting out of the house and enjoying some time outside can be a great change of pace.

Moving the party outdoors does require a few changes and things to be aware of.  First of all, you’ll have to do some yard work.  Just like cleaning your dining room indoors, you’ll want to be sure your outdoor area looks nice.  Clean off your lawn furniture, make sure your yard is mowed and your flowerbeds are looking nice, and be sure you’ve got adequate lighting if your party is going to take place in the evening.

Make sure you’ve got some bug repelling candles, spray, and other items to keep the pests away from your guests.  Many of these candles now come in decorative styles so they look great and repel mosquitos and other bugs.

Even though most of the party is going to be outdoors, remember that your guests may need to go inside for various reasons.  Be sure to clean house, or at least the rooms guests may be in!

If you have pets in your backyard, you may need to shut them in a separate part of the yard, especially if they may try to steal food or jump up on your guests.

For entertainment, there’s a lot you can do outdoors.  You can bring out the same board games you would play inside, or you can set up some outdoor games.  You might play crochet, badminton, or basketball, if you’ve got the equipment.  You can also sit outdoors and just visit.

Need a centerpiece for your picnic table?  We’ve got some great summer flowers in Houston, TX, that are perfect for outdoor parties.

Don’t Stress Over Summer Parties

Having a summer party can be a ton of fun.  You can grill hamburgers, sit outdoors and enjoy the nice day, and play different outdoor games.  But like with all parties, there’s a little bit of stress that comes with hosting a summer party.

Problem: even though you’ll be outdoors, you still want your home to look beautiful.  That means the week before the party, you’ll be cleaning.  It can be a little worse in the summer because if you have kids, they will be going in and out playing in the yard.  They might track in dirt and mud.  Your pets, also, may bring in mud.  Plus pets may still be shedding their winter fur, so you’ve got that to contend with as well.

Solution: plan two sweeping/vacuuming times.  The first, a few days before the party, is the deep clean.  The second, the day of, is a quick hit of the areas most trafficked.  You won’t need to re-clean your guest room, for example, but you’ll probably want to do a quick sweep of the entry, the kitchen, the main bathroom…any area you expect people will be in.

Problem: since you’ll be outdoors, you want your yard to look awesome!  This means you’ll want to mow, rake up the grass, trim your flowers, weed…the list seems to go on and on.

Solution: if you’ve got the money, you might want to splurge and hire a professional yard person just for this event.  Otherwise, be sure to set aside an afternoon or more to do all of your yard work, especially if you have a large yard.  Don’t forget to wash off your outdoor furniture and patio.

Problem: the day of the party arrives, and it’s pouring down rain!

Solution: there’s no way to control the weather.  All you can do is shrug and move your party indoors.  Yes, it’s disappointing, but there’s nothing else you can do.  Your only option here is to check the weather forecast and do your best to pick a date that’s supposed to be clear.  If the day comes and it’s raining or too windy or too hot to be outdoors, just accept that some things are beyond your control and try to have fun anyway.  Have a backup plan if you were planning to cook out, too.

Don’t forget to get a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for your picnic table!  We’ve got you covered when it comes to summer flowers in Houston, TX.