hosting summer parties

10 tips for throwing the best family friendly summer gatherings

From Memorial Day to Labor, summer is filled with almost too many opportunities to host a gathering.  Whether it's a simple girls night in, or a family bar-b-que, these tips will keep the modern belle prepared for anything and your guests wanting more!

 

1. Have a good Drink or Punch

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Photo by Tom Pumford on Unsplash

Always have a staple drink!  Our favorite, the Chatham Artillery Punch, a Savannah original that is sure to be a crowd please among the adults.  The Sparkling Cranberry Pineapple Punch gives a crisp & refreshing twist to a punch that literally can take you from summer through the holidays.  Make sure to make a non-alcohol version for the kids to enjoy! 

Tip: Keep the cranberries frozen until you serve. Also, limit your guest to 2 drinks of the Chatham Artillery Punch…keeps the party going! 

2. The Cooling Station

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Along with your signature drinks, add a couple varieties of soda, juice pouches, and water bottles. Your company will be eternally grateful.

Tip: Keep your cooling station shaded to prolong the chill.

3. Lawn Games

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Photo by Erol Ahmed on Unsplash

Don't forget your outdoor family entertainment. Music is always a surefire way to get a party started, but by adding some friendly competition, you are sure to have hours of nonstop fun for everyone!

Tip: Pick a few classics like cornhole, croquet, horseshoes, etc to add a nostalgic feel to your gathering. 

4. Water Games

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Don't have a pool? Water balloons, water guns, a slip and slide, or a good ol’ hose are always great ways to keep the kids cool and entertained at a hot summer gathering.

Tip: The Dollar Store & Five Below never disappoint. They provide variety & quantity on a budget. 

5. A Snack Station

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Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

Before the main meal is served, children always seem to be starving.  Set their hangry monsters at ease with a few snacks that won't spoil the meal but will hold them over until the main food is served. 

Tip: Always consider your guest allergies & dietary needs. It's a small jester that never goes unnoticed. 

6. Provide Multiple Shaded Areas

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Photo by Aldo Terrazas on Unsplash

Having shade keeps your company comfortable for their stay, and having few areas where they can kick their feet up and cool off will prove beneficial. Also, remember to have plenty of seating options in your shaded areas.

Tip: Do not overcrowd your space with shade as is defeats the purpose of outdoor gatherings.

7. Wine Wine + more Wine

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Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Wine is always a great conversation starter. Your company will be able to mingle amongst themselves without you having to personally entertain each guest individually.

Tips: Have a small collection of different varieties and serve as small tasters.

8. A Gentleman's Corner

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Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

Men will naturally congregate together and wine may not always be a conversation starter for them. Add an area where you can have a few things (cigars, cards, beer pong, poker, etc.) that will keep the men happy and entertained.

Tip: Ladies, don’t be intimidated by the gentlemen’s corner.

9. Themed Wares

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Photo by Daniil Kuzelev on Unsplash

Do not be scared to have a themed party! What better way to drive your theme home than with party ware that pulls it all together.

Tip: A little goes a long way. Balance a few staple pieces with solids to accent the theme.

10. Good Eats

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Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash

Food is the center of the gathering. I mean, it’s what everyone r.s.v.p’d for in the first place. If your budget allows, consider catering. This will allow you to mingle with guest and not be tied up with cooking.

Tip: Have a limited menu. Too many items to choose from will leave you with too many leftovers. Make just a few items really really well.

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