Patio Party Prep
There's nothing quite like sitting around with friends in your backyard, eating great food that’s been grilled to perfection and drinking fruity beverages you can only get away with serving between now and Labor Day. But what goes into hosting a fabulous backyard bash? We’re here to tell you! From décor and organization to ideas on what to serve and how to keep everyone entertained and mingling, consider this your go-to outdoor entertaining guide for summer 2011.
Prepping for your party is often the least fun aspect of hosting a summer gathering, but it's a necessary evil. A well-organized soirée runs smoothly, so the host -- you -- can actually enjoy yourself and not have to spend the majority of the event trapped in the kitchen or continually refilling drinks. You can use a pre-party checklist to help ensure all of your must-do tasks are taken care of. We've listed some of the most important below.
How you decorate your backyard or patio sets the tone for the evening. The key is to find a balance between creating a fun, festive atmosphere and not going over the top. Having too many decorative elements just looks cluttered, and guests will have to constantly work at not knocking things over. If you're not sure where to start, here are a few ideas.
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