The weather’s warming up, the sun is shining brightly, and you’ve decided to have a few friends over to your house / pool / picnic / roofdeck. But when it comes to party prepping, where do you start? Here is a checklist of a few must-haves for the success of summer party hosts.
There’s nothing worse than awkward silence, so make sure you’re ready to put your DJ hat on. Spotify’s Summer BBQ Playlist is sure to please all ages. Looking for something more modern? Check out Macakizi Hotel’s Happy Hour playlist or Soho House’s Malibu mix.
But how to listen? There’s nothing worse than dealing with tech issues in front of friends, so instead try to keep it simple with bluetooth speakers. The gold standard is JBL’s Flip 4 speaker, which is waterproof (perfect for poolside) and comes in a variety of colors from black to teal. Or, if you’ve got any Amazon Alexa devices nearby, note that their speakers are surprisingly robust and can double up as a sound system.
The key here is to keep it light and easy. If you’re outside, grilling is the obvious option. But why not toss some unique ingredients on the grill - halloumi cheese is a winner, and grilled peaches are an excellent add to a summer salad. Speaking of salad, there’s no going wrong with a caprese salad; the combination of fresh tomatoes and milky burrata is perfection. And if you're up for it, don’t hesitate: gazpacho may be the quintessential summer food. (Pro tip: serve in shot glasses instead of bowl and spoon).
Of course, ordering in works well too. Sushi is great for indoor parties - but think twice before you leave it outside. Fresh thai spring rolls may be more versatile.
All day rose isn’t just a saying - it’s a way of life. As the day wears on and the empty bottles pile up, you’ll want to be sure you have enough wine to keep everyone happy. Stock up with sipsetter’s ‘Summer Sipper’ pack, an incredible deal with 6 bottles of VieVite for only $99.99. (If you’re really looking to impress, pick up VieVite in magnum form. Definitely a crowd pleaser).
For white wine drinkers, there’s no going wrong with Rutini’s Trumpeter Torrontes (a steal at only $12.99). If your crew prefers red wine, consider doing something different by making a crisp, refreshing sangria. Mexico’s Pavo Real is the perfect base to start with.
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