Everybody wants to throw the perfect summer party. If you don’t know how to, then here’s a guide on hosting a summer shindig that your guests will truly love.

1. Pick a Date

When do you plan on hosting the party?

It’s a good idea to set the date and time early on so you and your guests can clear your schedules. You don’t want your visitors to miss it just because they have something to do that day.

This will also provide you with ample time to prepare the rest of the list below. This is particularly important if you’re the only one organizing the celebration.

2. Talk About a Theme

A party is not complete without a concept. A themeless party, for one, can be quite boring.

You don’t have to rack your brains over a topic though. You can find a fitting theme by brainstorming with your friends.

Generally speaking, summer is the perfect time to try any of these popular themes:

  • Island Luau
  • Fourth of July fiesta
  • Carnivale
  • Summer Olympics

Do you and your guests share a common interest? You could throw a Star Wars-themed party, for example.

A good thing about picking a theme in advance is that you can prepare the decorations ahead of time.

Obviously, buying decors is the easiest way to go. If you have the budget for it, then, by all means, go crazy!

But if you’re crafty and want to save money, you can make them yourself. There are many YouTube tutorials and Pinterest pages you could follow for DIY party decors.

Another ‘green’ option is to borrow your friends’ party decors (if they have some). Reduce, reuse, and recycle!

Remember: when you follow a theme, you don’t necessarily have to match everything up. What’s important is you have a unifying theme that binds every piece of the party.

3. Set a Budget

Yes, it’s fun to host an all-out party. However, you can get the same degree of fun for a cheaper price by planning a budget.

How much are you willing to spend per head on food and booze? How about the venue?

Remember, you’ll probably spend double on food and drinks in a bar or restaurant.

By setting a budget, you don’t have to worry about splurging a great deal of money for one night of fun.

4. Pick a Party Place

While it’s good to celebrate in your house or backyard, cleaning any of it up is a nightmare! You might have saved money on the venue but that’s definitely not worth the time, effort, and potential backaches.

So if you don’t want to end up cleaning the morning after, then you should take the party somewhere instead.

Apart from restaurants and bars, it’s a good idea to hire party busses for rent.

These are perfect if you’re looking for exclusivity because only you and your friends get to stay on the bus. No need to worry about creeps circling your group.

These buses offer pickup services too, so you can drink all night and not worry about going home.

More importantly, you’ll find that party bus prices are surprisingly cheap. So if you want a fun party that won’t hurt your wallet, then it’s best to reserve one right away.

5. Choose the Right Menu

How many guests do you plan on having? By having a definite headcount, you can pick the right menu that fits your party budget.

If it’s a simple get-together for 5 people, then you can go all out with steaks and other expensive food.

But if you’re thinking of hiring a party bus for 20-30 people, then you might need to consider affordable finger food like burgers, hotdogs, or sandwiches.

Again, it will be fun to serve themed food – say, Pineapple salsa for your Island Luau?

6. Stock Up on Drinks

An adult party is not complete without booze!

So apart from having the usual water, juice, or soda, you need to have liquor ready.

While a beer keg is cheaper, it’s usually messier. That said, it’s better to go for in-can or bottled drinks since they’re easy to lug around. They’re good to have in party buses since cans and bottles have lesser spillage.

7. Send an Invite

Now that you have most things in order, it’s time to create and send an invite!

Even if you’re not an artistic person, you can easily make one on your own. You can use programs such as Canva to create invitations for your themed party.

If you want to print and distribute your invites, you may.

There’s also the greener option of sending them as e-mail blasts. Not only will these save money, but you also get to help Mother Earth by not using paper.

8. Create a Party Playlist

What’s a summer party without good music?

While you can choose all the hottest songs of today, it’s best to make a playlist that follows your theme.

For example, if you have an Island Luau party, then you need your playlist to include ‘beachy’ songs. Some tunes you should consider are Rock-a-Hula by Elvis Presley and Surfin USA by the Beach Boys.

If it’s a Carnivale party, then you need as many upbeat and dancey songs as possible!

Note: If you don’t want to worry about a playlist, you can always hire a DJ to play party songs for your guests.

9. Think About Games

Adults like playing party games as well.

Again, it’s good to play games that fit your party theme. For an Island Luau party, for example, the perfect games to play include ‘Pass the coconut’ and ‘Hula Hoop til you drop’.

In case your guests don’t want to break a sweat, you can go ahead with these sitting games:

  • Charades
  • Murder Mystery
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Truth or Dare

See? It’s easy to throw the perfect summer party – whether it’s in a bar or onboard party buses. By following these tips above, you can host a fun yet affordable summer shindig.