Hello World! Welcome Friends! The weather is heating up outside, which presents plenty of reasons — maybe no reason at all — to have a hot summer party. Party planning means paying close attention to details, but throwing a party in the heat adds several extra considerations. You’ll find many crowdsourced tips and techniques, but the five ideas presented below can help you with your summer party planning.
Give Your Guests the Gift of a Dress Code
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You may find that picking out the perfect ensemble yourself is challenging, and your guests will be grateful if you can offer a little guidance. Give your guests permission to dress comfortably by stating clear dress code guidelines in your invitation. What other opportunity will you have to use words such as garden attire and beach formal?
Watch the Weather and Sun
When the days are long, start the party later in the day and skip the hottest hours of the day. But be ready for any sudden change. Summer showers are great … unless one comes during your garden party or barbecue. If your party is happening rain or shine, mention this fact in the invitation so that guests can plan accordingly. If your plans are more formal, be ready to move inside at a moment’s notice.
Don’t Be Afraid to Throw a Little Shade
If you do nothing else to beat the heat, make creating shady spaces around your home your top priority. Having shade around your home keeps your guests cool and comfortable inside while taking the pressure away from your home’s air conditioning system. When you’re outside, shade lets guests enjoy a respite from the sun. According to retired weather service meteorologist Jim Lushine, without shade, solar radiation can actually make you feel as if temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees hotter than the real air temperature.
Take a Seat or More
You’ll find much to love about planning a party. Deciding on themes, decorations, invitations, and party favors is half the fun. But some of those less glamorous details are no less important. For example, not having a place to sit can quickly ruin a guest’s party vibe, especially in the heat. Don’t skimp on seating, even if you need to rent chairs.
Offer Guests Drinks of All Types
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends drinking two to four glasses of water each hour if you’re working out. If your party plans include dancing with your guests all night long, make sure you have plenty of beverages for everyone to drink. Even if you aren’t breaking out your dancing shoes, offer a few options for rehydrating, such as water or tea. Sorry, but when you need to keep your body hydrated, alcoholic drinks don’t count.
Don’t let the heat get in the way of entertaining family and friends. With the right attire, some shade, plenty of water, and a place to sit, you and your guests will make memories you’ll cherish long after summer is over. The tips above will keep your hot summer parties super cool all the way from the Fourth of July to Labor Day and any occasion in between.
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