Last Thursday was Groundhog’s Day. This very scientific meteorologic event involves watching a groundhog pop out of his little winter shelter. If the groundhogs sees his shadow, it means that there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it means spring has sprung!
We don’t know how accurate this is, or if it’s only one specific groundhog who gets to make this call because, frankly, we couldn’t be bothered to research it. Because, who cares? What we can tell you with certainty is that regardless of what Mr. Groundhog decided, it feels like spring is upon us. This means one thing: Time for an outdoor garden party!
There is something so soul-fulfilling about being in the warm and comfortable outdoors, with your loved ones and a few 36 inch sparklers, enjoying nature and food and people you love. We’re so confident that you need to throw an outdoor party that we put together a quick and easy guide to make it east for you:
Everything You Need for the Backyard Bash of the Century
- Make a Sick Playlist
No party, whether it be indoors or out in God’s great creation is complete without your jams. If you want the party to be super easy, you can make it a potluck, or a BYOB. But you don’t skimp on music if you want the party to end all parties.
We know what you’re thinking. You don’t have the budget to pay for a professional DJ. Especially if you just spent a few hundo on a professional magician at your New Year’s party. We know, we did too. You can make your own sick playlist with a little help from our good friend iTunes, or just let Spotify or Pandora do the work for you. The important takeaway here is that an outdoor party without music is no party at all.
- Don’t Forget Those 36 Inch Sparklers
The great thing about having a party outdoors is that you don’t have to worry about burning a joint down. You can let your inner-pyromaniac loose with some flashy 36 inch sparklers. Why do we keep bringing up the 36 inch sparklers? Well, you could go with the teeny 12 inch sparklers or go a little bigger with 20 inch sparklers, but we don’t want you to just have a medium backyard party; we want you to have the best dang outdoor party anyone has ever had in the history of America. And long sparklers is the way to do that.
So where do you get these fancy sparklers we won’t shut up about? Actually, you can buy sparklers online these days without even leaving your couch. While we’re on the subject, check out the specialty ones, like smokeless sparklers. Bam. Your party officially has pizzazz.
- Say No to Bugs! (See what we did there?)
Some say that revenge is a dish best served cold. We like to say that it doesn’t matter what your dish’s temperature is, as long as it doesn’t have any bugs in it. The drawback to serving your meal outdoors is that bugs also live outdoors, and bugs are always looking for a nice party to crash. They’ll see your spread and call their bug cousins to join them at the Vegas-sized buffet they just found.
This doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker for you, you just have to plan for the bugs. Put nets or screens over your food until you’re ready to chow down. Light those tiki-torches that fend off mosquitoes. Hand out bug spray like it’s going out of style. With a little forethought, you can have a super chill party without letting the pests be pests.
- Keep it Light
The thing about being outdoors is that the sun doesn’t operate on your time table. However, you can use this to your advantage. A nice evening party can really turn into an elegant and fancy affair with some nice lights. Drag out the ol’ white Christmas lights. Hit up Amazon Prime for some patio lights. Set up some nice candles (and remember you already have sparklers and tikki torches to add to the ambiance). Your party will surely be one that no one forgets.
What do you guys think? Do you have any other tips to add? Please share below!