This is part of a sponsored campaign with ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Between my niece and my best friend’s daughter graduating this week, Father’s Day right around the corner, and the beginning of summer BBQ season, I am in full summertime party planning mode. I have hosted many a gathering over the years and while I am not a professional party planner, I do consider myself the hostess with the mostest – and I am thrilled to share 5 Party Planning Tips for Summer Fun!
5 Party Planning Tips for Summer Fun
1. Use Evite.com to keep track of your guest list!
Chris and I have been using Evite.com to plan our parties since we found out about the service in 2006. Evite.com is SO easy to use, you simply choose a graphic header, describe what type of party you are having, fill out the descriptive fields, then add your contacts! Guests receive an email, can login to Evite.com online or through apps on their smartphones, and you have all of your info in once place!
You can even ask guests to bring an item to the party and conduct polls. So fun! While you’re at it, why not recommend a Limo Find service for your guests! Make it super fun!
2. Don’t worry about scrubbing your floors…
I know that we all think we have to scrub our house from top to bottom before hosting a party. But guess what? Your house is going to be trashed, no matter how civilized your guests are; and chances are, they are going to be too busy having fun to notice that you didn’t mop your floors or clean your windows.
Concentrate on the important things like sweeping/vacuuming and dusting because people with allergies will suffer if you skip this step! Then focus on decluttering your tables and give them a good wiping down. Oh, and clean your bathroom. I promise you, that is one space you can not get away with not cleaning. Once those bathroom lights come on, every spec of dirt shows!
3. Welcome your guests with flowers!
What easier way is there to get ready for guests than to dress up the house with beautiful flowers from ProFlowers? Seriously, you don’t even need to leave the house to get the flowers, they are delivered right to your front door! Flowers are fantastic for parties because they make your home bright and cheery and make guests feel happy as soon as they walk through the door. You can even skip the usual party decorations like balloons and streamers when you arrange flowers throughout the house!
This Deluxe All The Frills Bouquet is beautiful, isn’t it? It even came in a pretty little mason jar, which I will be sure to use again and again for future floral arrangements!
I love using different floral arrangements around the house to keep things interesting. This Celebrate Her Beauty Bouquet is so cute and charming; the little blue bird really sets it apart from your usual bouquets, don’t you think?
One of the nice things about using floral arrangements as your party decorations is that you can always send the guest of honors home with an arrangement!
4. Keep the food SIMPLE.
Unless you are throwing an elegant dinner party, there is no need to go all out cooking extravagant dishes for your party guests. Buy a few finger sandwich platters, fruit and veggies trays…and don’t forget desserts! You can order a Shari’s Berries delivery and dessert takes care of itself!
Don’t these Cocktail Strawberries & Caramel Pretzels look delicious? I could barely even snap a photo before Angeline was digging in!
5. When in doubt, throw a BBQ!
If you really want to get everyone together but are stressed out about the logistics of cleaning the house, fitting everyone inside, and entertaining them – send them all outside and host a backyard BBQ! Buy paper products, hamburgers and hot dogs and pick up macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw and beans from the deli and sit everyone down on picnic blankets in the backyard.
Just don’t forget the Citronella candles!
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