It’s so much fun to get together with the family in the summer. With a little bit of planning, you can host an event that will make great memories. Here are a few tips that will help to cut down on your stress and make your event a success at the same time.
Grilled burgers and dogs are a classic standby for summer affairs, but they can put a lot of pressure on the person doing the cooking and they are usually stuck behind the grill for the whole party.
Instead of grilling, try preparing a batch of pulled pork in advance and reheat it in a slow cooker for the party. Offer a choice of slider buns or corn tortillas on the side with plenty of choices in toppings, such as coleslaw, salsa, crispy onions and barbecue sauce. If you want to go all-out, try smoking a whole pork shoulder—this takes the flavor to a whole new level.
If you expect a lot of young children to attend, using inflatables removes a lot of the stress for parents trying to plan the party. These structures are eye-catching, a ton of fun and sure to be a big hit with the toddler-to-tween crowd. You can find daily rentals for as little as $100 per day in some places.
To prevent the party from hitting a slump, make sure you have plenty of games and outdoor toys on hand. Cornhole or “Bags” is a great game for older children and adults. You can buy a set at your local bigbox store, order them online or if you’re feelin crafty, you can DIY it and build your own! If you have a Ping-Pong table, set it up on the patio or another shaded outdoor area. Another great idea is to keep a pile of Frisbees and Nerf footballs stacked up or in a bin in the backyard. If you have time, organize a scavenger hunt beforehand and offer a prize to the winner.
Music provides a lively way to bring everyone together. A month or so before the event, ask every invitee to send you the name of a song that holds special family memories for them. Create a playlist that includes everyone’s selection and crank it up during the party. Have the guests try to guess who picked which song for a fun game.
The opportunities for family fun at summer get-togethers are limitless. With enough advanced preparation, the hosts can kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of their efforts.
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