Summer is right around the corner – which means it’s time to plan a summer get together! At Mundo Catering, we work with families and companies alike to cater summer weddings, birthdays, and conferences. In the many years that we’ve been doing this work, we have uncovered some exciting and fun party themes, planning tips, and more.

7 Party Ideas for Your Summer Get-Together

As an event catering company, we see many incredible events throughout the year. However, one of our favorite seasons for catering is summer! We get a lot of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, and summer is one of the only seasons when we can count on having a fun cookout or outdoor dining experience. Additionally, this is the time of year when some of the most delightful fruits and vegetables are in season.

So, if you are planning a summer bash this year or want to put one together for 2020, we hope you’ll take the below party ideas into consideration:

1. Get a good idea of the guest list at least three weeks in advance

If you are hosting a large summer party, it’s important to understand how many people are coming so you can rent any additional chairs and tables in advance. Summer parties can feel a little more laid back, but if you want yours to feel polished and well-planned, it’s essential to get the logistics in place well in advance.

2. Enjoy a fun theme

There are many ways to theme a party, from having a signature drink to creating perfect decorations. However, it all starts with a theme. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Carnival
  • Tex-Mex
  • Luau
  • Summer camping
  • Ice cream social
  • Tea party
  • Boho/eclectic
  • Wine, beer or kombucha tasting
  • Summer flowers
  • Tropical

You can also theme a party after colors (blue and yellow) or a particular look (simple elegance).

3. Get your party catered

Of course, as a catering company, we recommend catering. However, if you want to throw a party that you get to enjoy as well, we highly recommend getting the big bash catered. That gives you, the host, plenty of time to enjoy your guests, take part in games, and generally have a great party!

4. Hire a party planner

Again, if you want to be able to enjoy the party as well, we highly recommend you hire a party planner. Planners will get every detail in place and take care of any mishaps on the day of your event so that you can focus on your guests.

5. If your party is outdoors, prepare for the worst

That old saying “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” is what we keep in mind when we cater outdoors. If you plan to host an outdoor summer party, be sure to prepare for any issues like unexpected rainfall, extreme heat, and bugs. A tented space, a few well-placed fans, and a citronella candle or two may resolve all of your potential outdoor disaster situations.

6. Think about useful party favors

Party favors don’t have to be fancy to be wonderful gifts. Think about what people might be able to use at the party, like fun handheld fans, packs of two or three person party games, or custom-printed sunglasses. At the end of the day, your entire party may be using handheld fans or rocking fun sunglasses.

7. Keep the decorations, food, and drinks simple and seasonal

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the seasonal bounty here in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you will use the incredible variety of flowers and foods to make your party a smashing success.

Are you hoping to book a local catering company for your next summer party? Contact Mundo Catering today!