Be the Best Summer Party Host of Your Neighborhood
By John Voket, RISMedia Consumer Confidant
I know there’s still plenty of summer left for parties. And it was great to come across a summer party blog from Design Consultant Vanessa Pereira of Vanessa Pereira Interior (midatlanticbuilders.com).
Pereira says that whether you are planning a small and intimate barbecue among friends or a large potluck, you will be regarded as the consummate host by executing the perfect combination of planning, and making guests feel at home.
Here are a few of her ideas to help you achieve summer party uber-host status:
• Mix up the seating – Create several seating areas throughout your yard/deck so your guests can form smaller conversation groups.
• Account for anything that might prevent entertaining outside: If you think bugs, rain, heat, or cold might get in the way of your party; make sure you have a backup plan to bring the guests indoors.
• Buy two of the same tablecloth if your table is too large for one to cover. Simply fold each in half and drape over the ends of the table leaving the middle of the table uncovered for your decorations and extra silverware.
• Carve holes into apples, pears, or other firm produce to make unique garden-theme candleholders. Produce can make attractive serving pieces as well — serve fruit salads in melon halves.
• Use candles on the table if you’ll be dining outdoors after dark. To create magical overhead lighting, Pereira says make wire cradles for jars and suspend them from trees.
• Keep unwanted pests away from individual dishes using wire domes, sometimes called flywalks, which are available at kitchenware stores.
• Buy extra bags of ice, have mosquito repellant available for your guest, be prepared for spills and make sure to have extra trashcans on the corners. Your guests will be impressed with the details.