Planning the Perfect Summer Party

Summer is on its way, and with the warm weather comes outdoor entertaining. No matter what type of backyard you have, you can create an oasis that attracts neighbors, friends and family for memorable gatherings all summer long. Little things like a gas fire pit table or a flower garden can make your backyard inviting and comfortable for everyone. Here are some tips on how to plan the perfect summer gathering:

Food and drinks

Plan your menu in advance and have several different options. If you’re BBQing, for example, have a selection of meat and vegetable offerings. If there are going to be kids there, have something that they will enjoy, like burgers or hot dogs. If you’re going to have a large crowd, you may want to have everyone bring a side dish, salad or dessert.

There are plenty of recipes for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like lemonade and fruit punch. Make them up the day before and store in the refrigerator.


If the celebration is a birthday, anniversary or other special event, go all out with decorations. Banners, balloons and other decorations can create a fun atmosphere for both kids and adults. Visit your local party store and purchase a variety of decorations that fit within your budget. Don’t forget the paper plates and napkins!

Lighting and other accessories

Solar lighting that lines your pathway, patio lanterns, side tables, and other accessories are the little details that can add the finishing touches to your backyard. A fire pit can add a warm and inviting spot for the adults after dinner, and are great for making s’mores for dessert!

A gas fire pit table and other accessories can make your summer gathering even more special. With a bit of planning ahead of time, your party can be successful and memorable.

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