I'm ready for a summer party! The weather has been so beautiful lately, and it just gets me wanting to cook some good food, get outside, and have some people over. A good park or my sister's lake house would be the perfect setting since we don't have a lot of space at our apartment. When we get a house, I told Landon we're having people over pronto!!
So a good party to me would have great food, great drinks, great music, great decor, great activities, and great people!
Food: I found some delicious pictures of food ideal for outdoor parties.
What about a nice sandwich?
Or how about some grilled chicken kabobs?
Drinks: A nice refreshing glass of lemonade or berry drink can really hit the spot on a warm evening.
We had raspberry lemonade for our wedding.
Get creative with your drinks:
- add some lemon or lime juice to spritz up a regular old berry drink
-use some mint leaves and actual berries for garnish
-take some club soda and add a bit to your juice to really give it a zing
Music: Use your sweet ipod playlist and dock or burn your favorite mix and have music playing in the background. You can bump up the fun level of your party just by adding some sweet tunes.
My new favorite party song is Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second by Starfucker. (I don't really like their name, but their music is amazing!) You can listen to their song here.
Decor: Just adding a few simple decorations can really brighten your party atmosphere.
Try some tiki torches.
Use some old fabric and twine to make some sweet garlands. Landon and I made these for our wedding reception and everyone loved it. It was easy to make and gave a fun look to our tent.
Here's another look.
Activities: Bring along frisbees, croquet, volleyballs, set up a fire pit, play Battle of the Sexes, or Settlers of Catan, or any other game that tickles your fancy. Have a variety so anyone can be playing or doing something.
Croquet from our wedding:
Fire pits and lawn chairs always are a good idea towards the evening.
People: Invite all your friends and you've got a great party that is sure to leave everyone feeling grand!
Images: Sandwich, Drink, Tiki, Garland, Fire.