How To Host The Perfect Porch Party
This time of the year is the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill, dust off the pollen from the outdoor tables, and invite your neighbors over for long summer evenings with cocktails, mocktails, and burgers. Hosting on the porch or in your backyard can seem intimidating because of the bugs, lack of light, and complications moving everything outside. Don’t let these small inconveniences stop you from making the most of the weather! Follow our guide to have the perfect porch party.
First, update your porch for a porch party!
Go from peeling paint and fading stain to summer-ready without the hassle! Re-painting or re-staining your porch in the spring is the perfect way to both protect your porch and welcome guests all summer long. With fantastic stains and paint, you can make sure that splinters are a thing of the past and that your porch looks brand-new. Click on this link to set-up your porch renewal today.
No porch? No problem!
If you don’t have a porch, don’t fret! You can still host fabulous parties on your patio. Patios can get icky, cracked, and stained – that’s why 360° Painting also offers concrete staining. Staining your concrete transforms your patio from an eyesore to an inviting entertainment area.
Focus on soft lighting
The best thing about summer is how long the days are! But when evening does finally creep over your porch party, don’t ruin the quiet, intimate mood with harsh floodlights. Opt instead of outdoor string lights, big lanterns, and plenty of candles! If you have space, put up some torches with citronella oil – these inexpensive but unique accessories really add a different element. Not only will these soft lights create a quiet environment, but, if you combine with citronella candles, you’ll keep the mosquitos away.
Get creative with seating
A limiting factor in hosting a backyard shindig is often the outdoor furniture. It can be expensive to invest in furniture and then a hassle to keep it clean. We suggest going a creative route. Invest in a couple plastic chairs (easy to clean!) and then head to your local thrift shop to pick up colourful but old tablecloths. Drape these over the plastic chairs and on the ground to create colourful seating that you can use over and over again.
Be kind to the planet
Skip the mountain of plastic that builds up when you use disposable plates and cups! Opt instead to invest in colourful reusable plastic plates that can be quickly washed and reused without the fear of breaking or scratching when being used outside. Bundle forks and knives into colourful cloth napkins to make it easy for guests to snag with one hand while balancing food and drinks.
Pitchers of fun drinks to mix it up!
Set your porch party a notch above the rest by mixing it up with mixed drinks in pitchers. Make fun mocktails and cocktails ahead of time to give your porch party a fun shake-up. This is a little different and a little more unique than sticking to bottled drinks and will definitely have your guests enjoying themselves.
Build your own food bar
This little trick is not only fun for guests but takes stress out of preparing for them! Instead of serving prepared meals, set up a “food bar” with the ingredients to make bruschette, sandwiches, tacos or nachos. Have the ingredients set-up along a table and let your guests mix & match as they want.
This summer is the time for you to enjoy your home or apartment to the fullest. Use our tips for throwing the perfect porch or patio party but don’t forget to get started with the very basics: updating your porch or patio with 360° Painting.