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Outdoor Patio Parties: Planning

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As the warmer weather makes its way into the Kansas City forecast, spring is officially here! Its time for beautiful tulips, green grasses and days of relaxation out in the sun to make an appearance once again.

Not only does spring present a beautiful outdoor setting, but it’s also the time of year for outdoor parties! Whether you’re hosting a graduation party, engagement party, bridal shower, open house or backyard barbecue, spring is when the outdoor patio opens back up! Start the grill, clean off the patio table, and enjoy the outdoors once again!

Outdoor Patio Party Planning

Having an outdoor living space is a great reason to host an outdoor party! As you get your plans in place, begin to think through the following party planning steps. You already have your location, so the rest of the planning should be pretty simple.

  1. Pick a date and time.
    Think about if you want a daytime or evening party. Both will work great on your outdoor patio.
  2. Pick a theme for your party.
    Especially if you’re hosting a wedding or graduation-themed party. Even if you’re hosting a BBQ, make it fun by having a theme for your food and decor.
  3. Invite guests through printed invitations, or online through sites like Facebook or Evite.
    There are several fun ways to send out invites – and even some online ways that are free! When you send out online invitations, guests can RSVP quickly, and post comments, too.
  4. Plan the menu and activities.
    Make sure you have a plan for food and activities. From elaborate menus to simple grilling choices, it’s good to have in mind everything you’d like to prepare. Also, get out your lawn games, or make preparations for any other activities you’d like to do during your party.
  5. Configure the arrangement of your furniture outdoors.
    It’s important to have a plan for where your food will go and where your guests will sit. This will help you enjoy your party, and not be stressed at the last minute. It will also help you know how many table clothes, centerpieces and other items you’ll need.
  6. Go shopping for food and party supplies.
    Make a good, detailed list. Don’t forget plastic plates and forks if you want an easy cleanup. Think about ice, trash bags, table cloths and any items you’ll need for games, too.
  7. Make preparations for the party.
    Begin making the food with plenty of time. Prepare all of the games and gifts. Recruit help if needed.
  8. On the day of your party, enjoy! You’ve planned it well.

Stay tuned for our second post in our Outdoor Patio Party series – Recipes!

Outdoor Patio Parties: Recipes

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Last week we talked about the steps to take when planning your perfect outdoor patio party. Today we’ll cover some fun recipes as you’re planning your menu!

Recipes for your Outdoor Patio Party

It’s always fun to try a new recipe when you’re hosting a fun party. Especially in spring, when you can introduce colorful drinks and fun appetizers. Below are a few favorite recipes from readers at They’ve given these recipes rave reviews, and they just might be a perfect fit for your outdoor patio party!

Appetizer Recipes for your Outdoor Party

Appetizers are a great way to kick off your outdoor party. Set up your pub tables, and let guests enjoy these yummy treats as the party gets going.

Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

This recipe is super simple and full of tons of fresh fruit! It uses kiwis, apples, raspberries and strawberries mixed with a bit of sugar and fruit preserves. Bake tortilla chips for a great dipper! It serves 10, and is a great party starter. Download the Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips recipe!

Homemade Guacamole

The benefits of avocados go on and on, and making a tasty guacamole dip is one of the many! Try this homemade guacamole recipe to impress your guests (and save money on the pre-made stuff at the store! Download the Guacamole Recipe!

Recipes for your Outdoor Grill

The smell of meat and veggies cooking on an outdoor grill makes any mouth water. Try these new ideas for your next barbeque!

Grilled Salmon

Try this unique option when grilling outdoors. This recipe uses a simple marinade and hints of lemon and garlic to give you a perfect salty-sweet combination. Download the grilled salmon recipe!

Grilled Baby Back Ribs

These pork ribs do not only taste great, but they are a great way to impress your guests! Create your own marinade, and take pride in creating a delicious, fall-off-the-bone set of ribs. Download the baby back ribs recipe!

Drinks and Dessert Recipes for your Outdoor Patio Party

No outdoor party is complete without a fun drink and dessert! Try some of these great spring selections as the fruit comes in season and the weather heats up!

Champagne Punch

For a fun occasion, try this yummy punch. Mix cranberry juice, lemonade and limeade with your favorite white wine and champagne and garnish with yummy fresh fruit! Download the Champagne Punch Recipe!

Fruit Punch

For a non-alcoholic option, try this homemade fruit punch! Download the fruit punch recipe.

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Few things in life are better than a homemade chocolate cake. Enjoy this easy, yet delicious, recipe that uses a devil’s food cake mix, pudding and sour cream. Download the chocolate cake recipe!

Let us know if you try any of these new recipes and what you think!

Have any other great outdoor party recipes? Let us know!

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