7 Easy Tips to Throw the Perfect Outdoor Party

Backyard partySummer is the perfect time of the year to go outside and enjoy the outdoors with some of your closest friends! This typically calls for the ol’ traditional backyard parties, complete with delicious food, awesome friends, and good times.

If you’ve never thrown an outdoor party, it might seem a bit daunting to try go get everything organized and together for a memorable party. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 7 easy tips to help ensure that your backyard is the summer hotspot of the season! Check out our tips below!

Give ‘Em a Specialty Dish or Drink – Want an easy way to create some excitement at your outdoor party? Give your guests something to rave about with your specialty dish! Whether it’s your sweet and tender barbeque, grilled chicken, unique dessert, or a refreshing mixed drink, adding your very own specialty dish or drink to the menu is bound to get people talking and make the party lively!

Choose a Theme – Don’t worry, themed parties aren’t just for kids! Get creative with your party and select a theme. You can go for a theme revolving around colors (primary colors or patriotic colors), or you could branch out and pick something more specific such as a tropical theme, a Hollywood theme, or anything else your imagination can whip up! Your guests will be sure to enjoy what you come up with. For additional fun, request that guests come dressed up to match the theme!

Crank Up the Tunes – Provide an instant boost to your party’s atmosphere by playing some great music! You can compile a fun playlist that reflects your party’s theme or even just put together a mix of your friends’ favorite songs to get the party started.

Party lightingAdd Some Lighting – You don’t have to shell out a bunch of money to make your party have some pizzazz. A bit of soft lighting is an excellent way to add an extra dimension to your outdoor party! Grab a few fun strands of outdoor lights or even last year’s Christmas lights and wrap them around your deck, fence, shrubbery, or in a few tree limbs to give your party a soft glow. Stings of light not your thing? Place candles in mason jars around the tables instead!

Give Bugs the Boot – Don’t let bugs crash your party this year! Come prepared to protect you and your guests from unwanted attention from those bugs. Keep bug spray handy, place netting strategically on top of your plates of food (the bugs will LOVE those), and, if necessary, put up a bug zapper somewhere in your yard.

Break Out the Fire Pit – It might be hot during the day in the summer, but summer nights are generally cool and delightful. Treat your guests to some fun around the fire pit! Use the fire pit to create your own s’mores, roast hot dogs and marshmallows, and tell spooky ghost stories. Your guests will love the added touch!

Play Some Games – Make your party extra fun for your guests by incorporating a few games in the mix! Break out some board games or card games from inside or invest in a few outdoor games such as washers, ladder golf, croquet, whiffle ball, or even Frisbee!

If you find yourself living in a space that doesn’t have ample space for you and your friends to celebrate the seasons together, just pick up the phone and call the area’s experts in real estate – The Massey Team! Call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or view our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We’ll find you your dream home in no time!

10 Great Events to Enjoy This May in St. Louis

STL Shakespeare FestivalAre you getting spring fever? Itching to get outside and go on an adventure or partake in a local festival you’ve never attended? It’s a great time to be living in the St. Louis area, especially because our wonderful city boasts so many great events to do in the spring and summertime, many of which are free!

We have compiled a list of 10 different, fun activities for you and your friends and family to enjoy this May. Check them out below!

Laumeier Art Fair – Take your mother this Mother’s Day weekend to the annual art fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park! More than 150 artists from all around the country will be displaying and selling their original works of art. You can also enjoy food, drinks, music, and a hands-on art area for kids. Admission is just $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for members and those younger than 6 years old.

Wildflower Market – Spring makes our surroundings more vibrant and beautiful as flowers bloom and trees regain their leaves. Celebrate spring at Shaw Nature Reserve this month, and you can bring some of the beauty home to your own yard. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., several local nurseries will be selling hundreds of varieties of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees at the Reserve for the Wildflower Market. You can also receive advice from the experts on how to care for your new plants!

Strawberry Festival – During the weekends of May 10-11 and May 17-18, you can come over to Eckert’s Orchards in Belleville to enjoy their annual Strawberry Festival! This family-friendly event features live music, food, and lots of great things for the kids such as wagon rides, a petting farm, and inflatables. You will be able to pick your own strawberries to take home with you during the event as well.

Art on the Square – For even more fun in Belleville, come out from May 16 through May 18 to check out some wonderful works of art at the annual Art on the Square. This event, which is one of the top-ranked art fairs in the country, will feature more than 100 artists who will show off their talents in paintings, photography, ceramics, and other media. Enjoy live music, food, and a Children’s Art Garden where kids can make their own works of art!

Bark in the Park – Want to do something fun with your dog? The annual Bark in the Park is a fun time for both dogs and their humans! This festival takes place May 17 in Forest Park and is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Humane Society of Missouri. You can enjoy a pet walk, pancake breakfast, a 5K run, and performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team. All funds raised will go toward the Humane Society to provide veterinary care for homeless animals.

Shakespeare Festival – Love Shakespeare, literature, or plays? Come out for the famous Shakespeare Festival! The festival offers free theatre in Forest Park and will feature Henry IV and Henry V this year. You can catch performances every night at 8 p.m. except Tuesdays from May 17 through June 15 next to the art museum. Bring a blanket, a picnic, some wine, and some great friends, and enjoy!

Lewis & Clark Heritage Days – From May 17th through the 18th in Frontier Park in St. Charles, you can intermingle American history with great food and fun at the Lewis & Clark Heritage Days. You’ll be able to see life-size replicas of Lewis & Clark’s boats, visit a military camp from 200 years ago, and taste meals the way that they would’ve been prepared back in the 1800s.

Kids Day at Cahokia Mounds – Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18 for the Kids Day at Cahokia Mounds, one of the most historic attractions in the St. Louis areas! Kids of all ages are invited to learn more about the site that was once home to the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico. Learn about the Mississippian culture with hands-on activities like grinding corn, throwing spears, and making pottery. The best part of all – admission is free!

Greek Festival at Assumption Orthodox Church – Don’t have plans for Memorial Day weekend? Come out to the Greek Festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town & Country! You’ll get to enjoy authentic Greek food, music, and dancing from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 23 to May 26. Admission and parking are both free!

Gypsy Caravan in St. Charles – This is one of bargain hunters’ most-beloved annual events and the Midwest’s largest antique, craft, and flea markets! The one-day sale is on Memorial Day each year and features more than 300 vendors selling all sorts of items. Early bird admission is $20, and generally admission is $10. Children under 12 are admitted without cost! Money from the sales will go to support the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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