The Perfect End-of-Summer Gathering

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The best way to bid adieu to summer? A party with friends and family! To ensure it’s a gathering that all will enjoy, follow these great tips.

1. Send thoughtful invitations
Sure, texting someone about a party is super easy, but guests will always be impressed by a little extra effort. Making handmade invitations not only ensures a great impression, but guests are more likely to attend. 
Here are some wonderful, customizable options:

2. Create a seating chart
If you’re planning on serving a meal, whether outdoors or indoors, a seating chart can be a fun way to acquaint unknown guests to one another. Place unknown guests across from each other, while allowing them to sit next to someone they’re familiar with. Name cards add a nice touch to the table setting, too.
Here are some great summer-y ones
3. Variety is key
When it comes to food and drinks, variety is key. Part of planning a meal everyone will enjoy is to consider dietary needs, as well as taste. Aim to have a main centerpiece meal with a vegetarian/vegan option if necessary, and a few different sides. Be sure to have a few different desserts on hand as summer is the season of fun and festive meal grand finales. For drinks, while a glass of rose in the summer is the obvious go-to, a signature cocktail for your party is what your guests will remember! Beer is another summer fave so be sure to stock up on some local ales and craft beers. Of course, have plenty of non-alcoholic choices at the ready too. 
4. Don’t forget to have fun!
Having “organized fun” at your party will depend upon your guest list and age range of guests. If appropriate and space and weather permit, put out corn hole games, volleyball/badminton and poolside fun activities – if you have a pool. Music will always add to he soiree, so be sure to spend time on a well curated playlist to play throughout the party. Mingle with your guests and try to spend some quality time with everyone.

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