10 Tips for Throwing Stellar Outdoor Parties


From Memorial Day to graduation to Father’s Day, outdoor parties abound this time of year! We’ve compiled a list of 10 Tips for Throwing a Stellar Backyard Bash to ensure you – and your guests – have a fantastic time at your next outdoor party!

Outdoor Party Cook out

Grilling for Outdoor Party

Don’t sweat the small staff – Your friends and family have all gathered to celebrate a special occasion, not critique the egg yolk-to-mayo ratio in your deviled egg recipe. Forget about making sure every tiny detail is oh-so-perfect, or you’ll miss out on the good stuff. People love to reminisce on old memories – and make new ones – during parties; it’s one of the best parts of getting folks together. Put down your apron, grab a drink, and relax. You’ll remember those conversations, not the sink full of dishes.

Consider a caterer – Depending on the size of your backyard party, you may want to consider having your event catered. This works especially well for graduation and Memorial Day parties. Opt for smoked BBQ, and ask everyone to bring a side. Or stick with basics like baked beans and coleslaw. And if you plan on grilling, make sure you have propane (or charcoal) to avoid a last-minute dash to Walgreens.

Spring for a tent – Summertime can be H-O-T in Middle Tennessee. Let’s be real, it can be hot in the middle of October, too! If your backyard doesn’t have any shade trees, consider renting one of our tents. We’re happy to bring everything, set it up, and then take it down after your party. Easy, peasy.

Pick your playlist – Complete your perfect backyard barbecue with some music! Whether you’re a fan of pop, hip hop, or rock ‘n’ roll, be sure to consider your crew’s preferences, too. This is especially true if you’re bringing together different groups of friends and family whose only thing is common is you. Pandora has a fun Hipster Cocktail Party station that works well for just about any outdoor celebration.

Have a seat – When parties are held indoors, people will find a place to sit – couches, bar stools, ottomans – but outside is a different story. Once your party-goers make a plate of food, they’ll want to sit down and eat. Don’t be caught off guard without enough folding chairs. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered! We can be as casual or as fancy as you’d like, plus you don’t have to worry about purchasing (and storing) a ton of chairs all year long.

Yard Games – How fun is this list of 25 Yard Games?! Pick your favorites and set them up for your next backyard bash. If you’re feeling crafty, make your own; if DIY-ing isn’t your forte, you can just purchase giant Jenga or cornhole from a store. Oversized yard games offer your party-goers something another way to interact with one another and have some fantastic fun!

Don’t forget sunscreen – If you’re planning a pool party or just an outdoor barbecue, provide your guests with sunscreen and bug spray. Toss them into a cute basket by the door for easy access. Most folks aren’t in the habit of applying sunscreen until temperatures warm up for good, and they’ll be grateful you remembered.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Nothing kills a festive party quite like someone overheating. We all love a nice ice cold beer on a hot summer day, but it’s easy to get dehydrated, so be sure to stock up on bottled water for your party, too. Offer them on ice in a colorful party bucket so guests can easily hydrate during the festivities.

Get creative with your cake – Skip the sugary richness of a sheet cake and opt for a super fun fruity version instead. We absolutely love this No Bake Watermelon Cake (or even this super cool Edible Watermelon Art Pirate Ship)! Strawberries are in season right now, so head over to the Nashville Farmers’ Market for perfectly ripe produce, or wait a little longer for blackberries and blueberries. Yum!

Can I park here? – Once you know how many guests are attending your party, consider all your parking options. Can they park in the grass? Or maybe a neighboring elementary school? Go ahead and let them know what the parking situation will be before they arrive. This is absolutely essential if you live in a neighborhood where parking is limited. Or better yet, encourage them to carpool or take a Lyft.

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