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5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Backyard Party

The end of summer is officially here, but the temperatures are still at an all-time high! That means it is time to fire up the grill one last time this season and move your party to the backyard! Whether you’re hanging out with the family, making some memories with friends or having a staycation, here are some tips to make your backyard gathering a success!

1. Make a menu.

The most important thing at any party is the food. It’s always best to keep things simple, but don’t forget about your friends with dietary restrictions. Be sure to include some vegetarian or gluten-free options like vegetables, salad or hummus, so nobody goes hungry!

2. Create a playlist.

The second most important thing at any party is the music. Make sure you create or select a playlist that all age groups can enjoy. Select a playlist that is chalk-full of the classics like, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl” by Tom Petty, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd or “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner.

3. Keep the bugs away.

Some unwanted guests that will most likely be at your party are mosquitoes. Make sure you line your yard with citronella candles to keep the insects away. You can even try plugging a few fans in outside since mosquitoes are weak flyers and tend to avoid any breeze. Plus, your guests will probably enjoy the extra airflow!

4. Light up the night.

Your backyard might get a little dangerous if you don’t have the correct amount of lighting (especially with those open-flame citronella candles).  Set the mood and add a little extra lighting by hanging a few string lights, lanterns or tealights.

5. Have enough seats.

Make sure your guests can kick back and relax by either providing enough seating for them or by suggesting that they bring their own lawn chairs (BYOLC).

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