Football season may have come to an end, but there are still many reasons to celebrate this upcoming season. For sports fans, March Madness, baseball season, and Spring Training are all right around the corner. The rest of us aren’t left out of the fun either. We’ve got St. Patrick’s Day, the kids’ spring break, and our famous March and April weather to look forward to! It’s a good time to be an Arizonian, and it’s also a good time to get our barbeques a-firin’, and our backyards a-partyin’. Follow these fun tips for a stress-free, fun springtime bash.
Pay attention to invites to make your life easier
Sometimes hosts end up running around like crazy making sure everything is going smoothly rather than enjoying their party. Don’t let this be you! To avoid spending your entire afternoon behind the grill, give guests’ a timeframe in which food will be served. A simple statement on your invite or evite such as, “our resident grill master will be flippin’ burgers from 3-4, come get ‘em while they’re hot” will relieve you from feeling the need to re-fire the grill for every guest that arrives late or starting the food too early if guests arrive starving. Make sure to have plenty of snacks for guests to munch on while they wait or if they miss the main event.
Greet your guests with your signature cocktail or appetizer
One of the keys to a great party is making your guests feel comfortable and welcome as soon as they walk through the door. Having something premade and immediately offered to guests as soon as they walk in the door will create a warm and inviting experience for your guests right from the get-go. This will be especially comforting for guests who may not know many people at your party and can help to get the conversation started. As you get more comfortable throwing backyard bashes and your guests grow to enjoy your welcome drink (or tacos, or oysters) you can get more creative and courageous with the type of delicacy waiting on the other side of your door – thus creating even more interesting conversations.
Choose a theme and run with it
When you think back on the best parties, the most memorable ones usually have a theme (and/or a lot of drama). In March and April, there’s so much to celebrate – it may be fun to choose a specific theme and really run with it. Are you throwing a party during a March Madness game? Play it up by decorating with black and orange (colors of a basketball). If you want to get really creative, you can make basketball cake balls by following this recipe: asimplepantry.com.
Inviting baseball fans over? Play up the baseball theme by purchasing a baseball piñata, using a real bat and oversized baseball hat as the “blindfold”, your guests will love working on their swing! For even more fun, fill the piñata with adult treats such as travel sized alcohol bottles rather than simply candy. If you prefer a springtime or St. Patrick’s Day theme, decorations can easily be found at local party stores or online. Check out these great St. Patty’s Day ideas here: celebrations.com.
Protect your party guests with patio screens
Let’s face it, although most days in March are pleasant and perfect, there can be some scorchers. Come April and these types of days get even more common. Don’t let the heat ruin your outdoor fun.
Investing in a patio shade for your screen will protect your guests, furniture and food from both heat and harmful UV rays. Our patio screens use top-of-the-line quality material from Textilene and can be purchased in two strengths, blocking 80-90% of the sun’s damaging rays. Our patio shades also come in both manual and automatic versions.
With our screens, you can use them when you need them, and lift them when you don’t. Not only do our screens protect your loved ones and possessions from sun damage, but they also serve in the same ways as typical screens, thus protecting your food from curious creepy crawlers as well.
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Reach out to our friendly team to schedule your free, in-home, no-obligation consultation and quote from one of our professionals today. We look forward to working with you and helping to make your springtime parties even more enjoyable.