Are you looking for some ideas and inspiration to help you host your next summertime soiree? Of course there’s nothing wrong with throwing a good old fashioned backyard BBQ, but sometimes you just want to change things up a bit. We’ve gathered a collection of some fun, fresh and easy ways to entertain a group. So, whether you’re hosting a birthday party, or a small gathering of your best gal pals, you’re certain to have a memorable time.
Backyard Games Fun Festival
If a little friendly competition is right up your alley, then organizing a backyard games tournament is definitely a winning idea. All you need is some food, drinks and an assortment of backyard games, such as lawn bowling, cornhole or croquet. The number of games you select depends upon the size of your yard, the length of your party and whether your party is intended for children, adults or a mix of both.
If you’d like to raise the stakes, why not offer a few prizes to the game winners?
Wine or Beer Tasting
Nothing adds interest to a wedding shower, milestone birthday or girls’ night in like a wine or beer tasting party. This surprisingly affordable celebration can be whipped up in a moment’s notice and can be comfortably hosted indoors or out. On your invitation, simply ask that guests bring a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of an interesting craft beer to share. Then, the host or hostess simply provides sampling cups, score sheets and a selection of hors d’oeuvres.
To add interest, why not make it a blind taste test?
Ice Cream Social
What could be better on a hot summer day than enjoying a taste of your favourite frozen treat? Whether you’re entertaining a group of children or adults, an ice cream social will certainly leave them screaming for more. Offer a variety of ice cream flavours and an assortment of sauces and other toppings. Be sure to add some “premium toppings” as well, such as chopped up brownies, fresh fruits or even crumbled crispy bacon. Whether you’re hosting indoors or out, be sure to keep your ice cream cool by placing the containers in dishes filled with ice.
Want to take your ice cream social to the next level? Break out the blender and stock the bar to offer your guests the opportunity to enjoy some tasty, adult milkshakes!
If you’re planning to host a party in your home this summer, always keep in mind that the more your house fills up with guests the hotter it’s going to feel. So, be sure to set your thermostat at a temperature that’s slightly lower than you would normally have it. This will ensure that your guests are not only entertained but comfortable as well.