Temperatures are blazing! Bottles are poppin’! And you’ve been picked as the host! You’re probably a little bit hesitant. Party hosting can be a nightmare!
With our help, however, you’ll flip that “Oh, no!” into an “Oh, yes!” in no time. All you’ll need is these hot tips and a can-do attitude. Actually, the can-do attitude is optional. That’s what drinks are for.
Which brings me to my first point…
LET THE PEOPLE DRINK
If you thought you could plan a party without thinking about liquid refreshment, you’re absolutely wrong! If you really want to make your party one that your guests will remember for years to come…you better mix your own specialty house punch!
There’s hundreds of punch recipes online, both alcoholic and virgin! Mix and match your favorite fruits, spirits, and flavorings to make a punch that’s undeniably you!
And don’t worry about those pesky water rings, PAG has got you covered with some perfect party coasters!
LET THE PEOPLE EAT
Where there’s drinks, food is sure to follow. You don’t have to be a masterclass chef to host a party, but you certainly have to utilize some finesse when meal planning. Normalize asking your guests about dietary restrictions before the party!
Regardless of what your main course is, snacks and hors d'oeuvres are where it’s at! Charcuterie boards! Fruit baskets! Those party packs of variety chips! All solid options. You could even prepare that fancy baking recipe you saved in your bookmarks but never dared try. No matter what you decide, you're going to need cocktail napkins to make your guests feel fancy while dabbing buffalo sauce off of their faces.
LET THE PEOPLE DANCE!
The final puzzle piece of a perfect summer party is the tunes. Take your guests on a summery journey of epic proportions. Making your own playlist is the best way to accomplish this! Add songs that you love! Add songs you know your guests love! Sprinkle in a couple of new/niche songs too!
Pro-tip: make your music set up accessible enough that your guests can add songs to the queue throughout the night. (Spotify has some pretty cool features for this!)
Some of the Pretty Alright Goods staff has taken it upon themselves to serve you some BANGERS to get your playlist started:
Chris: The Stoop - Little Jackie
Jeff: Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
Herman: So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings - Caroline Polachek
Emily: Across The Room - Young Heat Edition - ODESZA
Matt: All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
Brennon: Go Away - Strawberry Switchblade Song -
Give our playlist a listen.
Good luck with your party! And always remember, things will never go exactly the way you planned them.