5 Outdoor Fire Safety Tips to Keep Your Party Fun

skewered marshmallows roasting over a charcoal grill

As you probably know from reading our previous blog, outdoor parties and summertime go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re relaxing with friends in front of a fire pit, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, or partying by the light of tiki torches in the background, it’s always smart to be prepared in case a fire breaks out.

Here are 5 helpful safety tips to help keep your outdoor activities fun for everyone this summer:

Use Caution with Open Flames – There’s nothing like using tiki torches, outdoor fireplaces, candles, and sky lanterns to create the perfect ambiance. If you choose to use these items, however, you need to be careful. The majority of home damage and fire-related injuries can happen when torches or candles are knocked over or if the flame is placed too closely to something flammable. Make sure that your candleholders are sturdy, and keep flames at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.

Keep a Watchful Eye – It’s always smart to leave a responsible adult in charge, especially if there are children or pets around. Make sure that at least one adult is supervising any children or pets present at the party and to keep them away from open flames.

Be Smart With Campfires – Making a campfire? We suggest that you build it in a fire pit to help prevent fire from spreading. And of course, never leave your campfire unattended. When you’re finished telling spooky stories and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, make sure to extinguish the campfire. Keep a water source nearby as well, just in case the flames get out of hand.

Try Faux Flames – If you want to take the danger factor out of the picture but still want to keep the romantic, outdoorsy ambiance alive, flameless candles and solar-powered patio torches work just fine. Battery-operated flameless candles and patio torches are safe alternatives that can put your mind at ease so you can simply enjoy your party with your friends and family!

Be Careful with Your Grill – Want to grill up some delicious brats, hot dogs, burgers, or vegetables? Go for it! Just keep the grill at least 10 feet away from structures so they won’t catch on fire. Also, be sure not to turn on the gas while the lid is closed.

Outdoor parties, campfires, and pool parties are fun summertime activities that can leave you and your guests with wonderful memories. Just make sure that you follow our 5 fire safety tips to keep your parties fun for everyone!

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7 Essential Tips for the Best Outdoor Summer Parties Ever!

493317904_51952aefc5_bIt’s officially summer, which means it’s time to get outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy everything the season has to offer! What better way to do that than with a fun summer party with all of your friends and family?

Check out our 7 essential tips to help you host an amazing outdoor party this year!

Spread the Word – While you don’t have to send physical invitations if you don’t want to (but please feel free if you do because, well, it’s fun!), make sure your guests know what’s going on. Tell them when you’ll be eating (say, between 6 and 7 p.m.), let them know if they should bring their swimsuits, and tell them what to expect if it rains (game night inside, anyone?!).

Provide Enough Seating – Check out your outdoor furniture. Do you have enough seats to accommodate your guests? If not, it’s time to get creative! Grab picnic blankets, lawn chairs, stools, and anything else that might serve as seats. Renting can also be a surprisingly feasible (and stress-free) option if you’re planning a big-time bash!

Dazzle with Ambient Lighting – Don’t let the party stop once the sun sets! Just add a little ambient lighting to keep your guests in the light. Hang strings of lights on the deck, on tree branches, or even on your fence. Add tea lights, globe string lights, and hurricane lanterns to give your party a warm, inviting glow. This will help your guests navigate their way around outside once nighttime arrives!

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay – Mosquitoes can put a damper on any party. Don’t let them stop you! Just attack their weaknesses. Get rid of any standing water the week before the party, and offer guests any bug spray or bug wipes when they arrive. Also, mosquitoes aren’t very good flyers, so plug in some fans around seating areas and the food to keep the little bugs at bay!

Cover Food Strategically – You may have other insects to contend with than mosquitoes during the summer months. Make sure to cover up any food, including appetizers, salads, and desserts with glass domes and cake stand covers to keep the bugs away (and preserve the food’s freshness). Your guests will thank you!

Stay Cool – Don’t let the heat keep you indoors! You can beat the heat with handheld fans like classic accordion fans or battery-powered fans. You can also create homemade ice-cold compresses by purchasing inexpensive washcloths, rolling them up with a rubber band, and tossing them in a cooler of ice.

Make a Killer Playlist – Who doesn’t love music at a party? Create a fun playlist of party-friendly music that will last for 5 or 6 hours. Choose classics and toss in a few newer tunes here and there to keep your guests dancing. Remember, don’t blare the music – you’ll want your guests to be able to hear each other easily when they talk!

What tips do you have for a successful summer party? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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!