Leave your guests "Oo-ing and aww-ing" at your party!
I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! I sure did. I promised that a blog would be on its way on how to keep guests entertained and you are probably thinking, “Great! Now that the party is over…”
But, trust me, there are many more to come and with summer being a hot time to have people over by the pool, you are going to want to hear this.
I didn’t think of some of these things until after my party this past Monday. There are a few tips on the list that I naturally do and a few new things I tried and I figured you would like to hear!
So, our 4th of July was originally going to have a group of fifteen-ish since that is how many can fit on the boat at one time to watch the fireworks on the lake.
Well, that ended up turning into 7 people total. Some people might think that would be easier to entertain, but let me tell you… it can actually be even harder!
So, I, of course, naturally go above and beyond the call of duty for themed parties, but you can use any of the tips I did for any kind of party you plan to have. Just vary it to work for you.
From start to finish, I:
-Bought and prepared all of the food for the guests according to their favorite types of food, in addition to holiday traditions and some new recipes.
-One theme example is that we bake a sugar cookie, frost it with our own cream cheese frosting and place strawberries and blueberries on it to look like a giant red, white and blue sunflower.
-Having all of the favorite snacky foods out while preparing the main dish is a great idea to keep people entertained.
-In order to set a nice environment when they initially come over, have all of your preparation done and stress gone. Turn on some festive music, and welcome them at the door. Maybe even through some red, white and blue leis on them to get them feeling even more spirited!
-In addition to snacks, have fun and festive drinks out as well.
-Bring out what has been new with you. We recently got back from New York so I had videos and pictures to show them. Sharing important parts of you is another form of entertainment!
-We ended up turning on the New York fireworks show- having that, music and all their favorite snacks was a winner!
-From there, have your own little photo shoot. I absolutely love to scrapbook and I take pictures constantly. Setting everyone up to be in a high mood as soon as they walk through the door makes taking pictures that much more fun.
-Move the party around. You do not want to remain stagnant. Even if it is warm outside, have things set up to do out there like volleyball, help grill, sit at a table or a large lawn swing, relax by the pool or play games.
-Have cold and festive drinks that can be served outside in addition to little cold snacks. Make a little parfait or put some frosted cookies or brownies in the fridge so when you bring them outdoors in the heat, they are nice and refreshing.
-Keep extras of everything handy- even blow-ups for the pool. You never know where the party will migrate so as a hostess, you’ve got to be fluid and willing to have a party wherever it ends up. Even if the party makes its way outside to the street for a block party.
-Make little gift bags for everyone to take. It’s your duty to make everyone feel special. We, for example, give everyone glow necklaces to wear out on the lake. They love it!
-And share your leftovers. If people are ranting and raving about your food, give them some to take home. And if it’s a potluck setting, take some of theirs. Doing so, reaffirms that people a.) appreciate your hard work b.) love your cooking c.) want to come back!
Now these are just some simple things that I think most of us do, but some we might not think about or might have had a realization about while reading!
More blogs to come on themed parties! Let me know if you want me to break it down into different types of parties because I would love to go there OR if you have any special requests.
I hope your holiday weekend was special and that you celebrated for all the right reasons! Let freedom ring!
Tomorrow: bunk beds… yikes!
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