By Kristine Archer
9. Entertain the kids
If your bash will include kids on the guest list, do your best to keep them entertained.
“Having a babysitter(s) present is one way to offer your guests a more leisurely experience if children are going to be present,” Day says. “Have the babysitter play games in the basement or the family room if it is an outdoor party and make snacks and juice boxes available for the kids so their party is self-contained.”
These important touches don’t have to break the bank, however.
“Grab items from the dollar store, like crayons, colouring books, glow sticks or balloons,” Barwick says. “Create a movie area or set up a video game station.” If you do have a bit more to spend, Barwick suggests hiring a professional children’s entertainer, such as a clown or magician. Also, be sure to include some kid-friendly food on your menu and keep safety top of mind. Keep plenty of sunblock on hand and make sure kids are constantly supervised, especially near the pool.
10. Have fun!
When it comes right down to it, summer parties are about having fun—both for your guests and yourself. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying your own bash.
“Make sure there’s someone you can ask to keep an eye on the pool for 10 minutes while you step inside,” Korey says. “This also gives you the flexibility to enjoy yourself.”
This article is part 7 of 7 of Party Time!