There are a lot of things to celebrate in the summer. Whether you're throwing (or attending) Fourth of July celebrations later this weekend or you are staring at a ton of party and wedding invitations on your fridge right now, read through these dos and don'ts of successful summer celebrating. You might find yourself enjoying the art of entertaining more and getting more out of the gatherings you attend!
If you're hosting celebrations this summer:
After the invitations are sent...
Do: Get your home ready by cleaning it.
Don’t: Stress over every little cleaning detail. Focus on the areas of your home that will get the most traffic. And employ quick cleaning tips right before guests arrive to make sure your home gives off a good impression.
- The Last-Minute Party Cleaning Plan: How To Clean Up for Guests in 20 Minutes
- 5 Tips: How To Quickly Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is
- Relax: 3 Things Your Guests Don't Care About (And 3 That They Do!)
Before guests arrive...
Do: Make your home a little more festive than usual with DIY decorations. And make sure you take care of the unpleasantness of summer that can make a party fall flat, namely heat and bugs.
Don't: Blow your entire entertaining budget or stress out over decorations, but a few darling details will make your home welcoming and a fun place to celebrate in.
To avoid bored guests...
Do: Plan things for people to do. Whether you're hosting your party indoors or have plans to invade your outdoor space, there are entertaining ideas you can have on hand if you notice a party lull.
Don’t: Force people to abandon otherwise lovely conversations to abruptly switch gears to party games they may not be feeling.
To avoid hungry and thirsty guests...
Do: Make yummy treats (if you want to).
Don’t: Judge yourself if you buy store bought or opt for simple recipes or hosting a potluck
To throw a party that you end up enjoying...
Do: Know if you’re an introvert or an extrovert
Don’t: Avoid entertaining or party going if you’re an introvert. Just make the tweaks you need to your entertaining schedule to fit your lifestyle and personality better.
If you're attending celebrations this summer:
On being invited...
Do: Attend all the parties you RSVP "yes" to.
Don't: Say "yes" (or even "maybe") to events you don't want to go to or know you can't go to. Practice saying no!
On what kind of guest to be...
Do: Be a good guest by considering the kind of guests you want visiting your home (and how you'd appreciate them treating your home).
Don't: Be a bad guest by being rude, late or inconsiderate.
For all the weddings this summer...
Do: Survive (and perhaps thrive at) any weddings you attend by planning ahead.
Don’t: Lose your dignity (or too much money) trying to make it through every RSVP on your fridge. Follow the tips below.
- The Single Folks' Guide to Surviving Another Wedding Season
- Banish Your Inner Bridezilla: The Sane Bride's Rules for a Happy Day (and Happy Guests)
Tell us what kind of CELEBRATING you'll be doing this summer. Will you be throwing events? Attending events? (Want to throw a party this summer but don't know where to start? Check out our guide from last year; it'll walk you through every step! Host a Fun Summer Gathering)