Summer is officially in full force, which means it's time to get to planning that summer soirée your friends and family talk about all year long. Whether you are hosting a Fourth of July BBQ, casual pool party or formal seasonal dinner, we hope these tips will help the planning process and ensure your event is a summer success.
Choose a theme.
When it comes to selecting a theme, the possibilities are endless. The theme will dictate every step of the planning process, from choosing the décor, choice of food, event location and everywhere in between. This should be one of the first few steps in the planning process. Need help choosing the perfect theme? Pinterest is a saving grace and wonderful source to aid in the party planning process!
Life Of The Party.
Once you’ve decided on the theme, choosing entertainment for the event is fun! Live music, dancing or cooking demonstrations are great ideas to keep guests engaged and entertained.
Location. Location. Location.
Finding the perfect space for your event is key. Whether you are opening up your own home or renting a space, the theme of your event will dictate the location of your soiree.
No Time Like The Present.
Set the date! The summer months are incredibly busy and choosing a date can be tricky. Remember to send out your save-the-date ASAP.
Save the date.
Get creative! Customize your invitations to fit the theme and wow your guests. This is your first opportunity to grab your guests’ attention. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a fridge worthy invitation. Thinking about going paperless? Paperless Post or Evite are great ways to send the invitations electronically!
Planning a menu that reflects the theme can be the icing on the cake (literally)! Whether you are providing a three-course meal or light bites, your event will be made complete with the accompaniment of delectable tastes that your guests will savor.
Refresh your guests with beverages that perfectly pair with your menu. If you are hosting a large group, renting glassware can be a great alternative to purchasing. In addition to sparkling water, lemonade and wine, you can create a signature cocktail for your guests.
It's all in the details.
Decorations will enhance your guest’s experience. Choosing décor that compliments the theme of the event will set the ambiance for the rest of the night and take guests on a journey throughout the evening’s entirety. Decorative pillows, flower arrangements, pops of color and tablescapes, to name a few, will add that special touch to ensure your event is a hit. Keep in mind that you DO NOT have to spend a fortune collecting the perfect items to add flair to the party. You can find adorable themed items at your local target or party-planning store. Etsy is a great online source to search for hand crafted décor and party essentials. I love Paper Source, here in Houston, for all of their adorable decorations and party favor ideas.
We hope your event is wonderful and you have a happy, safe and fun summer! Thank you for reading.
- Kim Perdomo