Tips for Planning a Small Socially Distanced Outdoor Party
This summer, our typical backyard barbecues and parties look a little different. With social distancing guidelines still in place, a big bash is just not in the cards. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a small outdoor party that is safe and enjoyable. With all of the time we spent indoors this spring, it’s good to take advantage of eating outdoors and hosting a few friends in your backyard. Here are five tips that make planning a small socially distanced outdoor party much easier.
Choose a Theme
Even if your guest list is less than ten people, choosing a theme for your small gathering makes the event feel elevated and makes your planning so much simpler. The theme helps to decide the tone of the evening—casual, fancy, or costume. Your guests will know how to dress, and you’ll be able to choose food, decorations, drinks, and music that all go together. You could even provide everyone with a face mask that fits your theme!
Make a To-Do List
No matter the occasion, to-do lists are beneficial as they help keep you on track and make sure you don’t forget any details, big or small. Things to remember for your summer party include ice, mixers, bug spray, lighting, and a speaker. You should also write down your grocery shopping list and make sure you have enough glassware and plates handy. Consider using plates and cups that your guests can throw away after they’re done eating.
Create a Menu
You don’t want to spend too much time during the party cooking or mixing drinks. When you create a menu ahead of time, you can choose low-maintenance food and beverages that can be prepared ahead of time. Think a sandwich platter, pre-made salads, a dessert tray, and pre-made pitchers of drinks.
Candles are multi-functional and perfect for an outdoor party. A decorative candle can be used as a centerpiece for your table, as well as a way to deter bugs. The Wonderlust Camellia Green Tea & Aloe Candle complements any tablescape and keeps the bugs at bay. Spread candles throughout your yard, wherever you think your guests may wander.
Set the Table Consciously
You want your guests to feel comfortable and safe at your party, so make sure you set your table in a way that shows your conscious of everyone’s personal space. If your table is big enough, set seats 6ft. apart from each other. If your table is on the smaller side, consider leaving at least one chair in between guests who don’t live together. Once the chairs are set, choose a tablecloth, napkins, napkin rings, and placemats that fit your theme.
Are you thinking of hosting a socially distanced outdoor party? Follow The Pink Daisy’s five tips, and you’ll be on your to a memorable—and responsible—evening!