Tips for planning your summer get-together

 Tips for planning your summer get-together

When you're a homeowner, one of your biggest pleasures is always throwing get-togethers. Who doesn't like showing off their humble abode? Planning a summer party can be tough though. You've got to keep fun and safety in mind at all times, hand and hand, even if they may be contradictory. You don't want to see your home insurance quotes going upward! Here are a few areas to focus on when planning this summer's party.

Be creative with the set-up
Sure, beach chairs and plastic tables get the job done. But think about how distinctive the inside of your home is – and then try to replicate that outside for your party. Don't be afraid to bring a few of your nicer tables, pillows, and other home items out into the open for the sake of your party. 

Keep an eye out for hazards
At the same time, you don't want to create any hazards in your design. Make sure nothing flammable is anywhere close to your grill, and also make sure there are clear paths to and from your party area in every single direction. When planning a get-together, you need to have a plan for the worst-case scenario – and maintaining a clean, simple, easy-to-navigate design at your location is a big part of that process. 

Think about drinks ahead of time, alongside food
People spend lots of time planning what dishes they're going to serve at a get-together – and often times, we wonder why they don't spend just as much time planning what drinks they're going to serve. There's nothing better than showing up to a party and being served a perfect-for-the-weather beverage. Having guests make their own drink is fine – choosing a party-wide drink to serve, though, is a lot more fun. Look up some options online and pick a specialty to serve at your get-together.

Never take your eyes off the grill
Speaking of food: if you're holding a summer party, then odds are high you'll be grilling up some eats when you do so. There are plenty of safety standards that you always need to keep in mind when running a grill: you shouldn't use a grill on a balcony or roof, for example, and you shouldn't send flammable liquids onto an open flame, despite the fact that many cooks often do. Most of all, it's just as important that you never take your eyes off the grill itself – an attended grill is almost always a safe one. 

Have games and toys ready for the kids
If it's a neighborhood-wide get-together you'll be holding, then you'll surely be seeing some kids come through your backyard. So have some toys and entertainment ready for them to play with – whether it's regular children's toys, a pool, or even just water balloons. What's a party if it's not entertaining to guests of all age groups?

Never take your eyes off the kids
Much like the grill, though, you should never take your eyes off the kids (or let them near the grill, while we're making a comparison). If they're in the pool, there needs to be a lifeguard. If they're playing ball in the front yard, someone needs to be on-watch to keep them out of the street. A watchful eye should be over the kids all party long, no matter how fun the other attractions are. If you're able to follow this maxim – and all the other ones listed above – then your summer get together is sure to be one of the biggest hits of the season.