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How to Plan an Outdoor Party
So are you planning a party, but don't want it to be another typical party. The indoor ones, with the movies and the junk food and the mingling? Do you want something that people will remember? Then an outdoor party would be a great idea. Of course that's most likely why you are already here. So read on to find out how to make this outdoor party a great success.
Who?First thing you need to consider is who is coming; this will lead to what you will be able to do. For the best results invite plenty of people. If you are a teen, then invite as much people as possible (since parties -especially outdoor ones - don't usually turn out great unless there are a lot of guests). Also, the more people the less is needed of you, more people allows everyone to mingle with each other, that way not much is needed of you for entertainment.
Decide what are you going to do?So now that you have the list of invites it's time to think of what you will do with them. Being outdoors makes this easier since there are such a wide variety of things to do. You could be hiking, swimming, biking, eating, just listening to music and dancing, talking. You could have a theme for your party; beach, bonfire. Generally, you should have one main thing to do besides mingling and eating and taking pictures. Perhaps a game or bring along sports equipment for anyone interested.
- No matter what you plan on doing there are things that have to be there: Music - ask people to bring their own CD mixes to play & burn one yourself with fast beat songs that are popular right now. Food - Again, you should ask a group of friends to help you purchase/make the food. Keeping it simple is the best option. Bring some pizza or pasta and plenty of junk food. Such as chips, ice cream in a cooler, and pop.
Make sure to have comfortable seating and R&R room - like seats and even tents.(Once again, things might start to get out of reach, and you should ask guests to bring their own)
Plan the duration of the party.When? And For How Long? The party should probably be on a day where you have nothing to worry about after. Such as during Spring Break, Summer Vacation, or a weekend. The best days are Fridays and Saturdays. The party should be around a mealtime; either lunch or dinner. A lunch party would be nice and relaxing and casual but since the sun is up there's plenty more to do, while a dinner/night kind of party would be more exciting but there wouldn't be as much stuff to do. An outdoor party should be longer than most indoor ones. On average it should be around three or four hours long. Any longer than 5 hours would sound unappealing to guests and less than 2 doesn't give much time to do everything.
Choose a suitable location?This decision affects numbers 1,2 & 3. If you have a theme of a beach, you should go to a beach, maybe a place where you know that there isn't going to be too crowded, an area you would be able to have privacy. Another great place would be going to a campsite - that comes with a campfire pit. Also great if camp is in the forest, if a night party a suggestion would be to go hiking with flashlights in the dark. Though be cautious since it could be dangerous. Check in the daylight for hazards.
- If your city or areas near your city doesn't have such accommodations, then maybe rent out a sports field (local community centre for details) or go to a city park.
Put it into action.
- Weeks before: Once you've figured out where, when, what, and who. You need to actually start the plan. Find your area, book it, rent it, and talk to your parents if you have to about it. Mark it on your schedule. Contact the guests by email or printed invites. Ask everyone to RSVP and on the invite note to bring their own music and food if possible. With a close group of friends maybe plan all this together so you can all split the cost amongst yourselves.
On the day of:Arrive at area early by a few hours to set everything up. Not much decoration is needed, just have the games/sports equipment ready and play music while guests arrive.
QuestionWhat should I do for a birthday party? My guests get bored.Evangeline Joyce MiriamCommunity AnswerYou can show case any cringe-worthy old videos of you when you were small on a home theater or on your TV or ask your parents to make a slide show of pictures of you as a kid. You can always host games that are not too expensive like treasure hunting, etc. If you have children in your party who like popping balloons, then hide candy in balloons before blowing them up! These tips will keep your guests awake for the whole time!Thanks!
QuestionMy birthday is tomorrow. What should I do at a water-themed party for kids?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSlip n' slides are fun. Sprinklers and a trampoline are a great mix. A soapy game of Twister may be fun, too.Thanks!
- Games are usually fun for indoor parties for outdoors try things that involve getting up and active - for example Manhunt - if the space is great enough. It's a great way to have fun, especially if your guests aren't into playing an actual sport like soccer or volleyball. Truth and dare is another good one and if by a campfire at night, ghost stories are always great and pranking each other.
- Don't fuss about the messes (unless really big) until after the party. This way, you yourself can enjoy your time.
- iTunes top lists are a great way to find good music
- Balloons and Streamers and Plastic cups and such are harmful to environment - so instead keep plenty of garbage cans in easy reach for disposal and instead of plastic cups bring canned pop (which is also recyclable!)
- Make sure there is something for every guest to do.
- Be sure to keep drugs and alcohol away from your party unless you are of age. Remember that it is illegal. And you don't want it to be remembered as the "greatest place I've ever gotten high at."
- If you are a teen then you should have an adults supervision. If you really dislike your parents being there, then ask them to be close by but not at the party, and tell them that they can feel free to drop by whenever they want. When party ends your parents can come and wait with you until guests have all left.
- If you are a teen, parent's may not allow that late of a party.
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