Occasionally, Cafe di Scala asks Kelly Sparks of Socialize Events to post some tips on party planning. Today, she shares some ideas for spring and entertaining parties with your friends on the patio. Cafe di Scala can cater your private party. Just call us at 515-244-1353 and let us know what we can do for you.
It’s that time of year in the Midwest. The mercury has spent the occasional day above the 65 degree mark and the sun has appeared again. Those of us who endured the winter locked away in our homes and offices can finally dare to dream about spending time outside without our woolen gear.
So it’s time to round up some food, friends and a few supplies and celebrate with the perfect patio party. The best part is that because we’re all so grateful to be outside that you don’t need much to make it a party! Dust off your patio furniture, bring out the grill and pick up a few things to make it extra special.
Start off with a heavy-duty beverage dispenser that will dress up your drink of choice whether it’s water, punch or sangria. And check out polycarbonate or acrylic glasses to serve your beverages. They may not be Reidel, but they won’t shatter when a guest knocks one off the railing. Polycarbonate glasses are break resistant and look like the real thing. If wine isn’t what you’re serving, there are beer mugs, tumblers and other stemware styles available also.
Then bring in some pretty (and durable!) plates and platters. They take things up a notch from paper or plastic and come in all kinds of great summer colors. The downside? Generally melamine dishes need to be handwashed – but your friends and loved ones are worth it!
If you will be using any table cover, considering buying some tablecloth weights to keep the breeze at bay. (Pick up a couple extras because they also make great hostess gifts during the summer.) And don’t forget to have a few heavier items to hold napkins down!
If the festivities will continue on after sunset, don’t forget some simple lighting. Globe light strings and Chinese lanterns will help create the perfect backdrop for a summer evening. Citronella candles double as a light source and a deterrent for uninvited mosquitoes.
Finally, make a stop at your local farmers’ market to pick fresh, local ingredients. There’s no other way to show your appreciation for the summer!