Summer is upon us, and sunny days and warm weather beckon. For many of us, this is the perfect time of year to throw get-togethers, enjoy one another’s company, and create wonderful summer memories to last a lifetime.

If you’ve been thinking about throwing the perfect backyard party this summer, you probably have a ton to look forward to: making those special memories, enjoying your backyard space with your loved ones, and enjoying some amazing food. But–you probably have a lot of things to think about: how you can make this the perfect party, what you’ll need to do to prepare, and what you might plan for.

If you’re wondering how to plan the perfect backyard party this summer, read on! We’ve got you covered.

Think About What Kind of Party You Want

Before getting started, it can be helpful to think about some of your goals. But, wait a second—it’s just a party. It’s not that serious, right? Maybe not, but, think about it this way: what do you want to get out of your party?  Whether it’s a holiday party or a spur-of-the-moment get-together, chances are there’s a reason you want to have a party.

Are you hoping to get some amazing quality time with your loved ones? Maybe you really want everyone to let loose and enjoy themselves and dance. Or–maybe you just want a nice quiet get-together, where you and some close friends enjoy one another’s company and eat some amazing food as the sun starts to set.

That’s why it’s important to envision your party before you start planning. The mood you want to achieve can help you inform the preparation choices you make. For example, if your goal is a high-energy party where your loved ones let loose, you’ll probably want to think about music. If you’re going for that calm evening sunset dinner, maybe you’re more focused on nice place settings.

Consider Your Guests

Importantly, you’ll want to spend some time thinking about your guests. Yes, you’ll want to think about who you want to invite, but you’ll also want to consider if those guests have any specific needs or preferences. You may consider things such as what type of food they like, what type of music they enjoy, or even whether or not they like to dance.

You’ll also want to consider how many guests you might invite, and whether that might affect your planning. For example, do you have enough chairs for everyone? As who you invite may inform what your party looks like, this may be one of the first things you consider.

Here are some of the questions you might ask yourself:

  • How many guests are you going to invite?
  • Who will you be inviting?
  • Do they have any needs or preferences you’ll need to consider?
  • What do they like to do?
  • What do they like to drink?
  • What do they like to eat?

Food and Drink

Once you’ve figured out what kind of party you’re planning to throw, as well as who you will be inviting and what their preferences might be, it’s time to consider one of the most important parts of most parties: the food and drink. Parties are a time of celebration, and one of the best parts of these events is often the food and drink present. Whether you’re going for a wild summer party with dancing and music, regular family celebrations, or a calm summer evening in your backyard with close friends, people tend to love refreshing drinks and delicious food.

When choosing drinks, consider who you’re inviting and whether this might influence your choice of drinks. If a friend is avoiding alcohol, for instance, you may consider making mocktails or soft drinks available in addition to water.

When choosing a menu, consider who will be attending, how many guests you plan to have, when you plan to eat, and what types of dishes you might like to offer. For some parties, the focus may be all on appetizers and finger food, while for others, you might want to offer your guests the experience of a fulfilling meal. Whatever the case, think about how much you’ll need to prepare or order, as well as when you might like to serve food.

In many cases, for gatherings large and small, restaurants and catering may be the way to go. With as much work as party planning can be, catering can make it easy to take care of food without all the hassle. And, if you happen to be looking for amazing Mexican food that will delight guests and make the food planning part of party planning a breeze? KPacho catering can help.

Send out Invitations

Once you’ve figured out what your party will look like, who you will be inviting, what you’ll be serving as far as food and drinks go, and anything else relevant to your party planning, it’s time to start sending out invitations! As you do, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your guests get the invitations. It can be helpful to follow up and check that they’ve been received.
  • Send out invitations far enough ahead of time that you leave your guests time to plan.
  • If you’d like guests to RSVP, try to make it easy for them to do so.

Make Necessary Preparations

Once you’ve established who you will be inviting, what type of party you want to have, and other important considerations based on who you’re inviting, and you’ve invited your guests, it’s time to make preparations for your party. This may involve several of the following tasks:

Have Fun

Importantly, no matter what kind of party you’re planning, one of the most important preparation steps? Preparing to have fun! Remember that this is an opportunity to create memories that can last a lifetime, as well as to spend quality time with the people you care about. So, don’t forget to have fun.And, if you need help with the food, no problem! KPacho catering is available for gatherings of all kinds, large and small. With delicious Mexican food that will sure to be a hit, we can make it easy to take care of your catering needs.