It’s been a long winter for most of the country, but spring is just a few weeks away. It’s the perfect time of year to host a backyard get-together for a few family members and friends. After the year we’ve had, it will be a welcoming event for everyone. If it’s been a while since you’ve hosted an event (or this is your first time), you’re probably wondering how to make a good impression on your guests. Here are some tips that are sure to wow the crowd.
Clean And Sanitize Everything
You and your family have been cooped up in the house for months. Chances are your home isn’t guest-ready. So, before the get-together, you want to clean and sanitize the entire house. Though the event will be outdoors, you want guests to feel comfortable no matter where they are. Declutter and get rid of things you no longer need. Then, reorganize the remaining items, so everything has a unique space. Finally, clean all your linens, windows, doors, floors, and hard surfaces to ensure you’ve gotten rid of the dirt, debris, allergens, and toxins.
Pull Out Your Spring Decor
It’s time to put the drapes and comforters away and pull out your soft, light, and comfortable linens. Should you decide to give guests a tour of the place, you want everything to look seasonably attractive. Take advantage of natural light by putting up sheers or blinds to allow the sunlight in during the day. Swap out dark and warm-colored decor for things that are lighter, airy, and refreshing.
This is also a good time to pull out your backyard furniture. Scrub down your lawn chairs, wash cushions, and set everything up for your guests. Check out blogs and magazines if you need some inspiration for your patio this spring.
Tend To The Yard
You don’t want to spend so much time preparing the inside of your house that you forget the exterior. Since you’ll be entertaining your guests primarily in the backyard, you want to ensure it’s ready. Clean up any sticks, leaves, and debris. Water and cut your grass if necessary. You can also spruce things up with some potted flowers and plants. String up some lights and add landscaping lights, and you’re ready for a beautiful outdoor event.
Prepare Common Areas
Your guests are going to need to use the bathroom so, don’t forget to prepare. Clean the bathroom, incorporate new rugs, hand towels, shower curtains, and artwork to give it a fresh look. You should also stock the restroom with plenty of soap, lotion, hand sanitizer, and paper towels so your guests can continue being safe amid the pandemic.
It’s time to put the pajamas away and put on something casual and trendy. Check your wardrobe in advance to see what you have to wear. Ladies might prefer a nice spring dress, a cardigan, and some sandals or a pair of skinny jeans and a cool novelty t-shirt, and some trendy athletic sneakers. Guys might prefer some shorts and a t-shirt, a polo and some khaki pants, or a white button-up and a pair of stylish jeans. On the day of your get-together, pencil in time to look your best. Take a shower, use your favorite natural hair shampoo, complete your skincare routine, and throw on a nice soft perfume or cologne.
Menu And Entertainment
The last tip for pulling off the perfect spring backyard get-together is to prepare the menu and entertainment. Keep the menu light and easy to prepare so you’re not stressed out. Select a few signature cocktails and ensure that your bar is stocked. You can even ask guests to bring dishes and drinks as well to take the pressure off yourself. As for entertainment, a nice playlist and good conversation is all you need. If you’re inviting kids, setting up an art station or games for them is ideal.
The warm weather is just a few weeks away. If you’ve been cooped up all winter (or longer) and are ready for some socialization, why not host a backyard get-together? It doesn’t have to be extravagant to be a fun event. The above tips will ensure that you pull it off without a hitch.