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Summer is slowly coming to a close, which means this is a great time to start planning an end-of-summer bash to cap off the season. While it can be a big undertaking to entertain a group of people, the results are always worth it as you end up with a night of good company, great food, and new memories.

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But now that you have the party planned, what are the must-haves to make your party great? Well, we have gathered three of the top must-haves for a backyard party; keep reading to find out what you need for your next bash:

A Food Plan

 Next to the guests, the food is almost the most essential part of hosting a party when it really comes down to it. Whether you choose to host a BBQ full of hot dogs and hamburgers or a formal backyard dinner party with many courses, food plays a massive role in a great party. The key things to remember are to plan for enough food for the crowd, your hosting, serve a variety of drinks that will cater to those who prefer alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic. Lastly, make sure to check in with your guests for food allergies to ensure comfort.  Having these critical points in mind when you start planning the food portion of your party can ensure that the event goes smoothly!


Setting a tone and feel for your party can make all the difference to your guests and how they enjoy their evening. This means putting some thought into the ambiance of your event and figuring out what fits the crowd best. Items like a party music playlist, lighting, and candles can really influence the mood of your party, so make sure to think about these items ahead of time and be prepared to set a great tone for your whole evening.


 Last but not least, the comfort of your guest is essential so they can enjoy the evening in full. Seating is vital to ensure the comfort of your guests, ideally offering one seat per person. It can also be essential to keep an eye on the temperature, whether your inside or outside, as this will impact attendance. If you happen to own a Valor Fireplace, either indoor or out, don’t forget to turn it on when the sun starts to set to make sure everyone stays warm and comfortable. The flickering flames of your Valor will also add to the ambiance of your event, leaving everyone feeling cozy as the night comes to a close.

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