As spring turns into summer I look for ways to celebrate with an outdoor party. Now, we’re usually outside long before Memorial Day, but that certainly is the big kick off to summer. Let’s celebrate!
We’re at a weird time right now for parties. Many states have started to reopen after the quarantine, but everyone is still recommending social distancing.
How do you host a party with social distancing? Or even virtually? Here are some outdoor party ideas to get you started on a safe and fun party with friends, or for just the family!
No matter what size of party you’re planning, sending an invite gives everyone something to look forward to, and sets expectations. Make sure to include a few details so guests know how to participate. If this is a zoom party, send the link to the party. If you are asking guests to come in person, remind them of any social distancing. Let them know this is an outdoor party. Invite guests to wear their holiday themed masks and clothes to make it feel even more festive.
Go Ahead And Decorate
Nothing says party more than a well designed table setting. Pull out your red, white and blue for Memorial Day. Here we’ve paired Kismet dishes in classic blue and white porcelain with brilliant red cotton napkins. The fine china is made more casual by adding bamboo trays, rustic iron utensils, and hand blown glasses.
Red, white and blue is perfect for today, Independence Day or Veterans Day celebrations. We set the table with a simple white tablecloth and covered with with butcher paper. We made sure to give the kids crayons to play tic-tac-toe and doodle.
I’ve always wanted American Flag bunting on the porch railing, and this year I splurged! I think it just shouts Memorial Day and 4th of July!
Social Distance Porch Party
Social distancing is easier with more space. Set tables and chairs out in the yard or on a covered porch to help guests have a place to perch. Or throw open the garage doors and host your party there for shade or a drizzle.
Grab A Tray
Set the table with pretty, pre-set trays for a gracious table. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also makes serving easy. Guests can simply grab their tray without having to touch napkins or silverware. Let them know they can fill their plates and sit at the recommended distance by sitting at one of the stations you have set up in the yard or porch. Aren’t you clever!
Individual Serving Size Menu
Plan a menu with individual serving sizes. If you’re hosting a potluck, ask guests to bring individually wrapped or prepackaged items to the outdoor party.
- Skip the big bowl of chips and opt for the variety pack of individually sized chips.
- Allow each guest to go to the grill to get their burger instead of a big serving platter.
- Serve bottled water or drinks.
- Serve cupcakes instead of slices of cake.
- Have individual hand sanitizers available.
What about entertaining these people, or just your selves? Well we have some outdoor party ideas for games and activities too!
- Create an outdoor mural with sidewalk chalk, or homemade chalk paint.
- Set the stage for an outdoor movie.
- Get the campfire roaring for a sing-along and toasting marshmallows.
More Party Ideas
Looking for more ideas for entertaining at home, or setting a beautiful table? Head over to our IGTV Channel for how-to ideas that will make your next party tons of fun!