friends enjoying cocktails at a summer party


With summer right around the corner, there can be an overwhelming amount of events to attend or even host. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a family birthday party or a Fourth of July celebration, sunshine and nice weather makes for perfect entertaining. Plan ahead and keep a few tips in mind as you gear up for your next big gathering.


Prepare Your Cocktails

Save time and effort by purchasing pre-rimmed party cups for your occasion! RitaRims Party Cups are a perfect way to stand out and make your next party a hit. Pick your favorite flavor:

  • Salt & Lime – Step up your margarita game and beat the heat with this favorite
  • Sugar & Strawberry – Great with any fruity beverage, including daiquiris
  • Bloody Mary Cup – Expertly seasoned to put your Bloody Mary recipe over the top

Keep Bugs and Mosquitos Away

Purchase citronella candles, as they are effective in combatting the swarm of mosquitoes that accompany summer weather. If you have a pond or other water feature, skim or treat it regularly. If bugs are particularly frequent in your area, hold your event on a screened-in porch to make guests more comfortable.

Add Lighting

Lanterns and tiki torches are relatively inexpensive features that can add ambiance to your bash. Place them at the entrance of the party to draw attention and welcome partygoers. Use candles as mood-boosters for your tables.

Create Activity Zones

The day before your gathering, set up distinctive entertaining areas, naturally drawing your guests into smaller groups. This is a great way to move your party along and encourage talking within groups. Examples of activity zones include:

  • A fire pit circle
  • Dining tables
  • An outdoor bar
  • A patio lounge
  • Areas for games such as corn hole or croquet

Collect Party Supplies

Keep a cupboard full of party supplies to avoid any last-minute stress. Often times, these can be items found around the house and require no purchase. Use old jars as glasses or vases, old bedsheets as tablecloths and florist’s buckets for centerpieces.