10 Tips toThrow an Outdoor Party

Check off each task on your list. List your grocery, beverage, music, games, setup, and party needs.

Make a List

Even for a casual outdoor gathering, invite guests. It can be mailed, texted, or called. Provide the party's date, time, and location. Specify the type of party—pool party, outdoor barbeque


Outdoor party cuisine planning is easy. To satisfy everyone, serve a vegan or gluten-free buffet.

Menu Considerations


The best hosts serve multiple drinks. For those who don't drink, offer nonalcoholic beverages. Since everyone has different tastes, BYOB is fine.

Paper goods require a trash bin. Watch for overflowing and empty it. After eating, everyone needs a place to put their dishes and glasses.

Trash and Dirty Dishes

Seat everyone. If they're stable and level, you can utilize patio chairs, lawn chairs, and folding chairs. Blankets for ground-sitters are another alternative if the lawn.

Seating for an Outdoor Party

Have shade for attendees at a daytime outdoor celebration. A roofed patio, tent, awning, or umbrella works.

Shade and Light

Outdoor parties allow bright décor. Use bright tablecloths, lanterns, and a piñata. Colorful place settings are allowed.


Your guest list should inform your playlist. If multiple generations are attending, play music from different eras. Fun, lively music is best.

Plan the Playlist

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