There is something about summer parties that just get us all warm and fuzzy inside. Not only because it has warmed up, but because they are typically filled with amazing food, refreshing drinks and quality conversations. However, that all sounds wonderful and stress-free when you are the one attending them. When you are the one hosting it can really feel like the heat is on.
Below are some valuable tips for throwing a mid-summer get together so you can kick back, grab a drink, and enjoy the party that you’ve worked so hard on to create with the help of Tanger Outlets.
Spreading The Word
To have a successful party, the first thing you need to think about is how many family and friends you’d like to invite. This will give you more of an accurate idea of all the things you may need like plates, utensils, napkins, food, drinks, etc. It doesn’t hurt to start checking in with people by word of mouth to see what days work best for everyone since summers are typically filled with weddings and family trips. If you have the time, it’s fun to send out invitations “snail mail” style.
Staying organized is key when planning, so if you don’t have a notebook where you can start making lists, get yourself one ASAP because there is nothing better than being able to check things off the list as you complete them. T.J.MAXX always has a great selection so head there first!
|SERENA PRINT JOURNAL $5.99 | CHAMBRAY TASSEL JOURNAL $6.99|
Seating For Everyone
Once you’ve gotten your final head count, it’s important to make sure that there are enough seats for everyone. You don’t want to have an outdoor table that seats only 5 and have 20 guests. To save money, first check to see what is already inside and bring everything out that can be outside, like your dining room chairs. If you’re still short, T.J. MAXX or HOMEGOODS always have great options that are affordable. A huge bonus is that you’ll have them for your next outdoor party or can have even more patio furnishing options.
|SET OF 2 FOLDING BISTRO CHAIRS $79.99 | SET OF 2 FOLDING BISTRO CHAIRS $79.99|
No Party Fouls
Make your life easier and purchase plastic plates, silverware, napkins and placemats. We prefer melamine for the dishware. It looks like glass, so it gives you that “upscale” look but, psych—it’s plastic. So if you have those friends who are klutzy (or you’re that person) then these are for you! KIRKLAND’S has so many options and will cater to whatever theme you’re going for.
|OLD TOWN DINNER PLATES $34.99 | VINTAGE SALAD PLATES $29.99|
The Fun Part
Decorating really puts the cherry on top! We love WEST ELM OUTLET’S selection. Set the mood by getting some paper lanterns or battery operated lights. You can hang them, or string them in the trees and turn them on when it starts to get dark. Real or fake, flowers or succulents are always a nice touch whether your party is inside or out. If you decide to go with cloth napkins, have some fun with them! We love brighter colors especially for the summer. Centerpieces are great and can really tie everything together. Don’t spend too much money and re-use what you have! We recommend using a serving bowl and filling it with water, and add floating flowers. All you have to do is go to your garden, cut the stems off each flower, and place them in the water.
|LED STRING LIGHTS $49 | FAUX POTTED SUCCULENT $29.00
TWIG NAPKINS $14.99 | TEXTURED SERVING BOWL $39.00
We have faith in you that you’re going to throw a beautiful mid-summer get together that everyone will be talking about for years to come. Just remember, through all the planning it’s important to have fun!