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5 Fail-Proof Steps for Hosting an Affordable Backyard Party

5 Fail-Proof Steps for Hosting an Affordable Backyard Party

It’s the season for graduation parties, summer celebrations, and time outside with friends. Get your community together with this five-step guide for throwing the best backyard bash — no matter the reason for celebrating!

1. Tidy Up the Yard

The first step in any backyard party planning process should be to start with a clean slate. After the winter months, your backyard might look a little neglected. Maybe there’s a pile of dead leaves you’ve been meaning to add to the compost bin, some perennials that need pruning, or overgrown grass in every corner. Now’s the time to take care of those tasks and get your backyard into tip-top entertaining shape.

2. Create a Cozy Seating Area

Next, you’ll need somewhere for your guests to sit for this party in your backyard. Sure, there might be outdoor family activities that require you and your friends to move about, but a comfy seat is always a great way to encourage guests to relax and stay awhile.

If you already have a table and some chairs in your backyard, be sure to tidy them up along with the rest of your backyard. If you’re not sure where to start looking for outdoor furniture, there are stylish and affordable options available at a Rent-A-Center near you.

3. Add Some Shade

It’s summer, and summer means the sun is out, shining, and being its best self. While the sensation of warm sunlight on your skin might feel great for a few minutes, being exposed to those rays for an entire afternoon could be harmful.

Help prevent sunburn and other heat-related illnesses by providing some relief from warm weather. Add shade wherever you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors. That might mean setting up seating under the trees in your backyard (if you have any), adding an umbrella to your patio table, or setting up a temporary party tent or canopy.

4. Get the Grill Ready

All celebrations need food, and nothing is more quintessentially “summer” than a backyard barbeque. So pull the grill out from under its winter cover, or find a new one to add to your backyard lounge area. Once you’ve got the grill ready, a whole world of culinary delights awaits you and your guests. Think steaks, hamburgers, roasted vegetables, hot dogs, and even apples à la mode!

5. Decorate the Backyard for a Party

You’ve got the backyard clean, set up a comfy space to lounge, and have the party food figured out. The only thing left to do before your guests arrive is to make the party seem like, well, a party.

Knowing how to decorate a backyard for a party will depend on the reason you’re having friends over in the first place. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party, graduation celebration, kids’ dance party, or a sophisticated dinner party for adults, nothing adds a festive flair like some outdoor string lights, fresh flowers, and colorful paper and decor for your outside dining table.

And don’t forget the music! You might get fancy and add some outdoor speakers to your backyard party setup, or opt to use your laptop speakers outside. Either way, great tunes are a surefire way to keep the party going.

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