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Summer Party Planning Made Easy

While entertaining feels a bit obligatory during the winter holidays, there’s something about summer party planning that feels  freer and fun. Plan your next summer gathering with these smart ideas in mind and you’ll be on your way to being the hostess with the mostest.

 Plan Creatively
When planning, think about what worked well at the summer parties you’ve already been to, then take it to the next level. Here are a few creative ideas: hire an ice cream or local food truck (then you don’t have to worry about making all of the food!); put up a chalkboard menu sign so guests know what to expect; create a summery centerpiece by carving out the middle of a pineapple so it can be a vase for flowers.

If you’re inviting families, plan to offer activities that will keep kids occupied. Bounce houses, water toys and other yard games are great distractions, or you can hire a sitter to keep an eye on the kids while your guests relax and catch up.

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Pella® 250 Series Double-Hung Windows

Stock Up On Décor  
Intentional décor sets the tone for your party and gives guests something interesting to look at when they arrive. Adding extra containers of flowers, colorful chair cushions and a rug for texture can quickly transform a space.  While lanterns, overhead lighting and candles can create a fun and inviting atmosphere.

If your party has a theme, keep decorations consistent and make sure everything flows together. For example, a luau should have tiki torches, leis, hula skirts, straw hats and tropical tableware. A fiesta, on the other hand, should include piñatas, cacti, succulents and other Spanish-inspired accessories.

But Really, It’s All About the Food and Drink
A party could have a million themed decorations, but if the food and drinks are bad, that’s all anyone will remember. Decide whether or not you’ll be preparing the food yourself, or hiring a local caterer, then develop a menu that fits your party’s purpose. Short afternoon parties can get away with hors d’oeuvres, while longer nighttime gatherings might require dinner and dessert too. Once you have the food picked out, host a tasting party to gather feedback before the week of the party.

Remember Party Essentials
Keep outdoor essentials handy to keep guests comfortable and protected from the elements. Add these to your list: bug spray, hand sanitizer, towels for spills, extra glasses, plates, napkins, silverware and ice, and snacks for kids.

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Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Patio Door

Ensure a Smooth Entrance
Creating a transition from indoor to outdoor gatherings by investing up front in your patio’s foundational elements – like a beautiful and functional patio door – can ensure that the party goes off without a hitch.

Contact your local Pella sales representative to learn how to create an entry way that works as great as it looks.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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