Introduction:Summer is one of the most popular times of year to entertain. In order to make your day a huge success, keep these tips in mind when planning your outdoor event.
Nothing can ruin a party like spoiled food and food can turn bad quickly if it's hot outside. Keep food refrigerated until ready to serve and clean up quickly afterwards. Bowls of salads and such can be placed on top of a slightly larger bowl full of ice to keep it cool longer. Covering food and avoiding direct sunlight will also prolong its life.
Make sure you have plenty of cold beverages, especially water, on hand for guests to keep themselves hydrated. Set bottled water into ice early in the day and it will remain cool even as the ice melts.
Check out your party area during your party time a few days before the event. See if there is a shady area to set up seating for guests. If not, consider setting up a tent or large umbrellas to provide shade for guests who want to escape from the sun and heat.
Plan an alternate set up for the party in case of extreme heat or rain. Be prepared to move the party indoors or consider renting a tent to provide shelter if the weather is uncooperative.
Keep an eye on children especially if your party area has a pool or any water source. Barbecues are another danger and children should be kept away from the cooking area to avoid burns or other mishaps. If there is access to a road, try to block off the area to keep children from running out into the street.
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