Logistics Behind a Backyard Reception
In this post I review all of the things that you'll need to consider when throwing a backyard bash, whether you have it at your home, a relative's, or a really nice friend's. You will also find links to local vendors, as well as some DIY tips, tricks, & a recipe for a refreshing batch cocktail perfect for spring.
You can use the party as an excuse to finally repave your patio or install those flower beds you’ve been wanting.
Prepping the space
- rake the leaves
- cut the grass
- pull the weeds
- cut back the bushes
- trim low tree branches
If you’re anything like my wife (ask her about our Friendsgiving table), aesthetics are pretty important, even for a normal party. So even though the tables & chairs aren’t really that important, I want to give you options that will look good on the ‘gram.
Save | Rent folding tables & cover with these DIY dip-dyed drop cloths
Splurge | Rent farmhouse tables
Save | Borrow chairs from friends/family for an on-trend mismatched look
Splurge | Rent tolix chairs
Good food is the cornerstone of a good party. Here's some options to fit all sorts of budgets.
Potluck-style | $
Maybe you can't really afford to feed 60 people, that's why you didn't have a wedding, duh. So opt for a potluck-style party. You could even make it a fun by having a chili cook off.
bbq | $$-$$$
You could either have a cookout or get a caterer, but barbecue is great food for a crowd.
food trucks | $$$-$$$$
Some of the best food I have ever eaten has been out of a truck & many will cater parties. There are quite a few options to choose from, but why not have pizza from a brick oven truck?
Don't be a garbage human -- buy biodegradable/compostable tableware.
Batch cocktails are your friend. If you happen to enjoy gin -- it's floral & perfect for spring -- try this gin punch.
K.I.S.S: Keep it simple, stupid. After all, it's only a party.
- throw up some string lights
- light a shit ton of candles if you're feelin' swanky
- fill bud vases with farmers' market flowers
Rent a speaker & curate a dope playlist. Or just put on your fav. Pandora station, but be sure to sign up for the ad-free trial first.
Take to the streets
If you are active in your neighborhood, why not make it a block party? Set up one long table down the middle of the street. Double-check that that’s legal or whatever.
Celebrate your marriage
- maybe you recite your vows again
- maybe you premiere your wedding video
Whatever you decide, it would be nice to give your guests a glimpse of what your wedding day was like.
Consider the weather
Put a deposit on a tent. Just do it. It's insurance. You don’t have to actually use it, but you’ll want it in case it starts looking like rain.
- set up a projector to show Robin Hood for the kiddos (or, like, cool adults) because that twilight proposal scene is #goals
- bypass the farmers' market & load up your bud vases with flowers from your garden
- hire a house cleaner
- people will have to go into your house to use the bathroom, so treat yo’ self to a professional cleaner a day or two beforehand
No matter what way you chose to party, just remember to have fun.
Think eloping, then partying is for you?
photos by Grayson Rosato