Hosting an outdoor event is a little like taking a leap of faith. In some climates though hosting an outdoor event is like jumping off a cliff and hoping for a safe landing. With some planning and careful preparation, however, any outdoor event can be less scary, and more relaxing.
Outdoor parties can be relaxing, fun, and memorable. With careful attention to details, however, the party can be more relaxing, more fun, and more memorable.
Getting Your Ducks, or In This Case Tents, In a Row
While some people see outdoor parties as an opportunity to save a little money, the careful hosts take careful steps to make sure that weather events do not interrupt their plans. Consider the following guidelines if you are planning an upcoming outdoor event:
- Rent the Tents! Crossing your fingers and hoping for good luck is one way to go about the process of planning and hosting an outdoor graduation party or other event, but it can seem a little risky. Party tents for rent can make planning for the day less stressful. Even if the day is free of rain, tented events seem more organized and more inviting. The tents can shade guests from the hot sun while at the same time framing your seating options.
- Check out what is new. It’s a party so have a little fun. While looking into the basic options for renting tents, chairs, and linens, make sure that you also see what is new and fun. A party that takes place into the evening hours might, for example, include LED chairs and benches for guests to sit on. Selected to match the colors of the rest of the party, the lighted seating and tables can give your party some extra fun.
- Social media gone crazy. If your party is outdoors, make use of the features that are available to you. Social media sites are full of fun decorating ideas that incorporate the branches of trees for photo displays, handmade oversized yard games, and creative outdoor photo booth ideas. While the party rentals can help you create a relaxing event, the extras that you add to the party will make the event more memorable.
- Be the hostess with the mostest. Even though the party is outside and may be a little more relaxed, you still need to host the event. The problem with a comfortable outdoor party is that you can get too comfortable as well. Even though one of your best friends who have not seen for months stops by, don’t spend more than five minutes talking to her until you are certain that you have greeted everyone else at the event. A big part of the atmosphere for any party is making the guests feel comfortable and comfort is created by a warm welcome from the host.
Nothing Can Make Up for Poor Planning
Whether you are hosting an outdoor event or planning a more formal occasion, planning is essential. Make yourself a list of tasks that you want to complete before the scheduled event and then place those events on a timeline. What can you get done today? What few things will you take care of the week before the date? Reserving tents, tables, chairs, and linens if you are hosting an outdoor event can be done very early in the process. Few things get cheaper if you wait, and making down payments, or even paying in full, can help you spread the expenses out over a few months.
It also makes good sense to prioritize your list. What things on the list are essential> What things on your list or just for fun? It might be pretty impressive, for example, to have your daughter’s t-shirt quilts on display at the party. These items, however, should be considered extras. Avoiding the real work for the party while you sew for hours every day is not good management, it is simple procrastination. By prioritizing everything on your list you will likely be able to get to the “fun stuff,” but it will not be until the essentials are taken care of.
Parties are a blast for the guests, but they should be fun for the hosts as well. Detailed planning will insure everyone enjoys themselves.