Warm sunny days are meant for enjoying Colorado’s unmatched views with your loved ones. As the days get warmer you’re probably already imagining outside gatherings with friends and family — and as you start thinking about spring and summer evenings spent out on your deck, Shea Homes has party planning tips to ensure memorable outdoor soirées.

Organize Every Aspect of Your Party
From setup to menu planning, success is in the details when it comes to a top-notch gathering. Lean on lists to help you stay focused and diligent, and ask yourself questions like “Do I have sufficient seating for everyone invited?” or “Have I asked all my friends about their dietary restrictions?” These details will let you know if you need to pick up extra chairs at the hardware store or make sure you have gluten-free bread available.

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Keep It Simple, But Make It Fun
Remember to think about the entertainment you want your guests to enjoy during the event. Try crafting  a music playlist to add sonic charm and ambiance to your get-together. Will there be kids in attendance? Classic yard games like tag or cornhole are an enjoyable way to occupy both children and adults! When it comes to food, buffets are a convenient option to easily feed all your friends and family. While you might plan on firing up your grill (and who can blame you after this long winter?), instead offering a variety of ready-serve cold foods will save you time and effort that you can spend socializing with loved ones. Likewise, prepping salads and drinks in your spacious kitchen before your party means one less consideration when your guests arrive.

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Think About Theme
To set your party apart from the pack, consider basing it around a fun theme! Not only does a theme help keep your planning on track, but it also contributes a little something extra to your gathering. Since you’re likely planning your outdoor get-together for a sunny blue-sky Colorado day, a summer getaway theme could fit nicely! “A day at the beach” or “summer camp” could make for a cute ironic theme — invite your friends on a mini vacation with oceanside decorations or classic camp games! Other fun options could involve your favorite mountain activities like camping or hiking. Wherever your creative spirit takes you, use the theme as guidance for aesthetic choices from plates and cutlery to waterproof tablecloths and centerpieces.

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Whether you’re seeking helpful tips to avoid hosting hassles or have ambitions to plan the most memorable party ever, these tips will lead you in the right direction. To make the most of your summer at Shea Homes® , reach out for ideas on ways to get outside and active near your gorgeous home.

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