With the arrival of spring (finally!), we’re officially sliding straight into summer party season! Whether you’re planning a backyard BBQ with a couple of friends or a graduation party for a loved one, these five tips from our team will ensure your summer party is stress-free and entertaining for you and your guests.
5. Start with the basics of the party planning process (and don’t stress).
Start with two basic questions: 1) how many people do I want to invite, and 2) what day do I want to throw the party? Choosing a date sooner rather than later is important because summer is a very busy time for many people with vacations and other events. Once you’ve answered these two questions, you will be sailing smoothly through your summer party planning process!
4. Find a good place to throw an outdoor party!
Once you’ve decided on answers to the two questions above, you will want to consider the party’s location. For the first option, you do not have to look further than your own backyard! If you have a backyard large enough for a celebration with 50 of your closest friends, a summer party at your home may be the way to go. However, there are several locations locally that could be a perfect fit for your event! You can gain inspiration for local outdoor party venues in Harrisburg, York, and beyond through our venue page. Many of them have stunning views that will show off the beauty that Central PA offers in the summertime.
3. Choose a fun summer party theme (displayed from your invitations to your menu)
Not every summer party needs a theme, but having one can certainly make for an entertaining get-together for you and your guests. You could have a formal, Gatsby-style cocktail party under the stars or go for something more traditional with a red gingham linen and bamboo plates. For a graduation party, you may want to consider tailoring the colors of the event to your graduate’s school colors. Whatever you decide, adding a theme to the party can be a fun way to get guests enthusiastic before they even arrive.
Once you’ve decided on a theme, figure out the easiest way to reach all of your guests. For a more formal summer party, you may want to send out paper invitations that match your theme through a local company like Persnickety of York PA. For a more casual summer get-together, a Facebook event or e-mail invitations through an online tool like PaperlessPost would be options.
Finally, you’ll want to choose a menu tailored to your guests likes and dislikes to ensure everyone has a great time. Again, keep your theme in mind! Most classic cookouts feature hamburgers, hot dogs, and macaroni salad, but of course, you could serve anything at your picnic! Some of our personal favorites are non-traditional burgers (like bison, steak, and veal) and twists on classic summer desserts (like Bourbon Apple Pie). Gain some ideas on menu items with our Summer Menus, which feature many locally sourced ingredients from Harrisburg, York, and beyond.
2. Figure out what equipment you will need t0 get the party started.
Now that you know your guest count, you should be able to get an idea of how many chairs, tables, linens, plates, and utensils you will need. If you don’t want to figure it out on your own, we can include everything you’ll need for a great summer party through our summer party packages. Our team will help take care of all of the rental items you may need (chairs, tables, linens, etc.) so you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing time at your party!
1. Have fun (and have a back-up plan).
Rain or shine, we want to ensure you and your guests have a great time and truly make this a summer to savor! If you choose to have your celebration outdoors, it’s very important to have a back-up plan for sudden severe summer weather. Depending on the guest count, you may be able to fit guests at tables inside of your house or you may want to consider renting a tent from a local company like Event Central of Mechanicsburg, PA. Whatever you decide, having a back-up plan will keep your summer party stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Have questions about throwing a summer celebration?
If you’re not sure where to start or you don’t want to handle the nitty-gritty details of planning your own event, the Event Professionals at The JDK Group would be more than happy to assist you!Send Us a Message
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