Whether you're a new or veteran homeowner, it's a rite of passage to host friends and family for summer fun. However, one misstep can ruin the entire experience. 

Don't be caught unprepared. These summer entertainment tips will ensure your guests have a memorable time and talk about your party as a summer highlight!

✔️Invite Guests Now

Our calendars fill up quickly during the summer months. Don't wait to notify your guest list. 

Consider creating a Facebook event where you can post updates and centralize communication for all attendees. 

This article will teach you how to create a Facebook event.

✔️Activities for the Youngsters

Keeping the kids entertained is important if you want everyone to have the best time possible. 

Consider renting a bounce house if space permits. If you have a pool, pump up the floats. 

At a minimum, have games and balls ready to go! Learn about the hottest outdoor games of 2018.

✔️Solidify the Menu

Burgers and dogs are the easy items to remember. Don't forget sides like corn, pasta salad, and chips. 

An assortment of drinks will ensure that there is something for everyone.

Condiments, ice, and paperware are easily forgotten, so don't!

Not sure what to cook? These are the 60 best grilling recipes.

✔️Is it a Potluck?

Make sure guests confirm the items they plan to bring at least one week in advance. 

A second reminder 3 days before the event might be needed for those forgetful friends.

✔️Scrub the Bathroom

Your guests will probably spend most of the time outdoors, but nature calls. Stock up on bathroom towels and toilet paper!

✔️Outside Necessities

Put out the furniture and make sure the grill has plenty of gas for the whole day. 

Do you have enough chairs for everyone? Is there a table for prepared food? 

You didn't forget to mow the lawn, did you? 

Here are 16 outdoor bar ideas for the professional entertainers.

✔️Parking

This is something that is easily overlooked. 

If you're expecting a large group, make sure there is ample space for cars or encourage guests to use their favorite carpooling app.

✔️Day Of

Do you have a killer playlist keyed up yet? Are the beers on ice and steaks marinating? 

It's showtime, good luck and have fun!


A Few Expert Ideas for Yard Envy

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String Lights

You'll need property lighting if the party stretches into the night. String lights can be an inexpensive, yet wonderful touch.

All-in-One Cooler

Be the hero by having a cooler that charges phones and plays tunes while chilling beverages.

Portable Projector

This is a surefire way to captivate the kids in the evening while the adults are still enjoying themselves.


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