We all want to make our next summer soiree a serious success and throwing the perfect party takes just five ingredients.
You’ll need to think about décor, easy cleanup, good food, entertainment, how to avoid stress!
When you think of a summer party, you think of outdoors, garden parties and dining al Fresca. So it’s really important to keep things simple. For décor, use bright, fun colors. Use a bright beach towel as a festive table cloth. Decorate with paper lanterns, tiki-torches and lots of candles for added ambiance. Flowers can really help turn your backyard into a mini Oasis.
Ensuring easy cleanup is all about planning ahead. Don’t let your guests leave you with a massive cleanup job. Use Dixie Ultra tableware. It can help you savor summer with strong paper plates and bowls that hold more and make cleanup fast and easy. And this summer you can win summer themed prizes, including a year’s supply of product by entering your family summer outdoor sports photos into the Savor Summer Sweepstakes on the Dixie Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/DixieProducts
Good food is key to any great party. It’s easy to “WOW” your guests without slaving away in the kitchen.
Again, it’s all about keeping things simple! Use Smithfield Anytime favorites. It has the legendary Smithfield taste we love during the holidays and now we can enjoy it all year long with more than 20 delicious cuts and flavors. Better yet, Smithfield Anytime Favorites is convenient and simple to prepare, offering you the perfect portion of ham every time, requiring minimal prep work and is even pre-sliced for added convenience.
Try a Mediterranean Ham Flatbread. Buy a few packages of artisan flatbread and spread on Sabra Caponata, or any pre-made eggplant spread. Top with tomatoes, onions, feta and Ham. Use Smithfield Anytime favorites because it’s pre-sliced so it’s easy to prepare. Bake the flatbread for about 10 minutes and then top with arugula for garnish!
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For drinks, try an Agua Fresca with fresh fruit. Watermelon is a great summertime option. You simply mix a little watermelon with water, and have fruit on hand that guests can add to their drinks. Blueberries, pineapple and cantaloupe are great options. You can even add a little agave nectar to sweeten up your drink.
When it comes to keeping guests entertained, summer parties need to appeal to kids of all ages, from the very young to the young at heart! Have kites, bubbles and beach balls on hand for the little ones. For the older kids and adults, you can set up a badminton or volleyball net, bocce ball or corn hole.
Guests always like a little mood music. During the summer, I love to create a beach-themed playlist. It will put guests in the mood and really turn your backyard into an island getaway.
Party planning can certainly be stressful. It’s important to plan ahead and save yourself from a potential headache. Have an emergency preparedness kit on hand for guests. In addition to the standard band aids and Tylenol, include incidentals they may need throughout the day. If you’re going to be outside, have sunscreen and bug spray. Maybe an extra hat or sunglasses. If you’re hosting a party at the beach, bring along an extra beach towel. That way, if something happens or someone forgets an essential item, you and your guests won’t waste time running around and you can all enjoy yourselves!