10 Tips to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Party

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Planning an outdoor party like this beautiful wedding reception at The French Estate? We have the insider tips to help make it a success!

Are you in the process of planning an outdoor party?

Whether the party is for a birthday, a graduation, a retirement, an anniversary, or even a wedding, it’s important to take the right steps to ensure your celebration is a success. Planning an outdoor party isn’t always as easy as planning one that’s going to take place indoors.

From cleaning up your outdoor space to picking the right food for the occasion, there is so much to consider. Here are 10 tips for throwing an awesome outdoor party.

1. Select the Right Outdoor Space for Your Party

The first thing you’ll need to do when planning an outdoor party is select the right outdoor space for it. You want to find a space that offers plenty of room for everyone who will attend your party.

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The Fullerton Arboretum is an ideal space for an outdoor party!

In some cases, people choose to use their own big backyards to throw an outdoor party. In others, they rent outdoor space when their own backyard isn’t quite big enough.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to throw a party outside in your backyard if you don’t have enough room to do it. It’ll likely lead to people congregating inside of your home, which is exactly what you’re probably trying to avoid.

2. Clean Up the Space Accordingly

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Before each event we take extra care to make sure our carts are so clean they’re showroom ready!

In the days leading up to your party, you’ll want to make time to clean up your outdoor space. That will include:

  • Mowing the grass
  • Removing grass clippings from the space
  • Picking up leaves, sticks, and other debris
  • Trimming trees, bushes, hedges, and more
  • Power washing decks, patios, and walkways

People aren’t going to have much fun at your party if your yard is a complete mess. Clean it up accordingly before everyone arrives.

3. Spray the Space for Mosquitoes and Other Pests

Nothing will send people scurrying for cover and ruin an outdoor party quicker than mosquitoes. And because Santa Ana, CA and the surrounding Southern California areas have been overrun with mosquitoes in recent years, it’s important to take precautions against them.

Consider hiring a pest control company to spray your outdoor space for mosquitoes and other pests before your party. It should be enough to keep them at bay so they don’t attack your guests all day and night long.

4. Set Up a Tent to Provide Protection From the Elements

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To protect your guests from the elements, consider using a tent like we did at our food truck at the Bride World Expo last June.

In addition to protecting your party guests from mosquitoes, you also want to protect them from the elements.

Set up a large tent that covers the majority of your outdoor space. It will prevent the sun from beating down on your guests. It’ll also prevent the rain from washing out your party if there is rain in the forecast on the big day.

5. Provide Plenty of Seating Options

When you throw a party inside your home, there is no shortage of places for people to sit. From your kitchen table to your couch, they can sit down just about anywhere.

But when you throw an outdoor party, it’s different. Most people don’t have a ton of outdoor seating that they can provide to people during the party.

Think about renting chairs and other seating options for those who will be in attendance at your party. The last thing you want is for people to be forced to stand because there aren’t enough chairs for everyone.

6. Decide How You’re Going to Play Music

It’s just about impossible to throw an awesome outdoor party without music playing in the background. But playing music outside can present a challenge to those who don’t have outdoor surround sound systems.

Fortunately, there are affordable Bluetooth speakers that you can use to play music directly through your smartphone or tablet outside. You can strategically place the speakers throughout your outdoor space to fill it with music.

7. Organize Fun Games for Your Party

One of the best parts about throwing an outdoor party is that it provides you with lots of space to play fun games.

Put together a long list of games that you want to play at your party and purchase the right equipment for them. From cornhole to volleyball to lawn darts, you can play just about any game you want outside.

8. Put Up Lots of Outdoor Lighting

Is your party going to extend late into the night? If so, you’re definitely going to need to put up lots of outdoor lighting so that people can see.

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Beautiful outdoor lighting for a romantic wedding at the Cree Estate.

You can set the mood and keep your outdoor party safe by stringing lights along the perimeter of your tent. You can also set up firepits and potentially even a bonfire to provide your party with light.

The more sources of light you can find, the better. It’ll keep your party going as late as you want.

9. Figure Out the Bathroom Situation

People at your party are obviously going to need to use the bathroom throughout the course of it. It’s your job to make this easy for them to do.

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Deluxe outdoor bathrooms as seen during a wedding reception that we catered at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch.

If you’re throwing an outdoor party at your home, you can invite them inside to use the facilities. But if you’re throwing a party at a space you’ve rented, you may need to bring in porta-potties for everyone to use.

Whatever you do, don’t overlook this aspect of your party. You don’t want to be scrambling to figure out a bathroom solution at the last minute.

10. Keep the Good Food Coming

While all of the other aspects of your outdoor party are important, the most important aspect is going to be the food you serve. You want something fun that people will enjoy eating while at your party.

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What better way to enjoy an outdoor party than with a plate of piping hot tacos?!

Tacos are an excellent option for outdoor parties. Book catering for your party and you’ll be able to serve meat tacos, seafood tacos, vegetable tacos, taco sides, and so much more.

It’ll keep everyone happy at once and let you enjoy your party rather than focusing on making food.

Use These Tips to Make Your Outdoor Party One to Remember

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when planning out an outdoor party. It might leave you feeling a little bit overwhelmed.

That’s one of the reasons why it’s such a great idea to leave the cooking to someone else. When you serve catered tacos at your function, it’ll free up plenty of time for you to take care of all the other parts of your party.

Contact us to see how we can help with the food for your party.

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