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Tip #1: Prepare for the hot weather

Everyone knows that hosting an Australian summer party can mean unbearable heat, so make sure your guests are comfortable and having a good time by providing somewhere shady to sit and chill out. Bonus points if you’ve got a pool to cool down in!

Tip #2: Make sure you have enough food

There’s nothing worse than not having enough food to serve all your guests, so pick up some extra food at the shops just in case you get any surprise guests. After all, you’ll get to eat the leftovers!
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Tip #3: Provide the right kind of food

In the hot summer weather, you don’t want to be serving food that will be ruined easily if it spends time in the sun. Think about basic cooked foods and salads that can be kept covered and won’t spoil immediately. Carrot, cucumber and celery sticks with dip or salsa are a healthy and inexpensive start.
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Tip #4: Supply a good range of beverages

Not everyone will enjoy the same drinks you do, so ensure you are the perfect host by providing a range of alcohol as well as plenty of water, juices and soft drinks for the kids and non-drinkers.
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Tip #5: Get your guests involved

This hot tip for hosting a summer party means bringing your party to life by trying ideas such as a DIY cocktail bar or an ice cream station to impress your guests.

Tip #6: Recruit help

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can prepare and host a party all by yourself. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to relieve some of the stress so you can enjoy the party too! Allocate small tasks to different people and share the load.

Tip #7: Decoration

Think about introducing a theme to the party to make things fun. Hawaiian, Cruise Liner, and Cricket are all great summer themes to make your guests smile. Add elements like funny hats, leis, flowers, place holders, and drink stirrers to make yourself the best party host.
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Tip #8: Provide amenities

Even though your party will most likely be outside, guests will still need to go inside to use the bathroom. Make sure you beautify the bathroom with plenty of soap, extra toilet paper and hand towels.
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Tip #9: Keep bugs away

Make sure your guests aren’t bothered by mosquitos by providing insect repellent, citronella candles or mosquito coils. Also think about mesh netting to protect your outdoor party area.

Tip #10: Make sure your guests get home safely

If people have been drinking, make sure they can get home via public transport or taxi. Keep an eye out for anyone trying to drive home when they shouldn’t! One idea is to get guests (voluntarily of course!) to give you their car keys when they arrive. You can then set them a fun sobriety test when it’s time for them to go home.
With these 10 summer party tips, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and become the perfect host! But in this hot weather, not all of us have enough energy to put together a great party. If you don’t want the hassle, Lantern Club can do all of this and more. Call Andrew on 8037 8200 to discuss your next event or simply write to events@lanternclub.com.au

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