Friday, 19 June 2015

Take this 3-minute summer party refresher

(NC) Summer is here and along with it comes an endless stream of picnics, pool parties and barbecues where you can kick back and relax with the ones you love. While these events make for great memories, they also come with a lot of work.
As you start preparing for your parties – big or small – here are three important things to focus on:
Location: Remembering where you're going to be and what you're going to be doing is key to hosting a stress-free party. If you're outside, do you or your guests need hats, sunscreen or glasses? If there are children attending, do they need different snacks or toys? Identifying potential issues beforehand will eliminate day-of stress and will allow you to enjoy the party with all of your guests.
Music: Think about the mood you're trying to set and pick the best tunes to complement your party. If you're not a music aficionado, don't worry. There are great apps like Spotify to take the hard work out of creating the perfect playlist. Pick your favorite and hook it up to your speaker system. If you don't want the hassle of cords and wires take a look at LG's new Music Flow System. It allows users to easily stream music via Bluetooth from mobile devices to their different speakers. The Music Flow System lineup includes both portable and indoor speakers that can be synced together – this means you can have music playing in every room of your house, or you can bring the portable speakers wherever your party takes you.
Food: Whether you are catering, cooking or having a potluck, always plan to have extra. This is especially important if you're hosting away from home when you won't have access to your own kitchen cupboards. Having an extra veggie tray or bag of crackers on hand is always a smart move. Just as important is ensuring that you and your guests stay hydrated. It's easy to forget the effect of the heat when you're having fun, but think past alcohol and soft drinks and be sure to add water to your must-bring list.
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