The weatherman said it would be a perfect evening. So, why is it raining on your beautifully prepared al fresco buffet table? Ah, the weather, such a fickle friend. You can’t let the changing whims of Mother Nature prevent you from experiencing the joys of entertaining in the great outdoors this summer. Just make sure to cover all your bases with a “Plan B” that will ensure your party keeps on going, even in stormy weather.
Party Tent Perfection: If the long range forecast before your party calls for a very high chance of rain, it may be a good idea to rent a party tent and set it up, rain or shine. Move guests indoors if lightning makes an appearance, but otherwise, you should be able to dance the night away under the sturdy roof of the rented tent.
Recreation Room Respite: The basement rec room is a great place to move a party when the skies open. Place a drop sheet at the top of the stairs so guests can wipe wet feet and remove shoes. Enlist a few strong souls to help carry down tables, chairs and food, then turn up the tunes and let the party continue!
Garage Rock: If you have a garage, use it! Even if the weather reports call for fun in the sun a few days before the party, take a little time to tidy out the old car park. Throw old blankets, drop sheets or tarps over those particularly nasty areas, and make sure there is plenty of room for tables and chairs. Then, if the weather goes south, you can herd the group into a clean, dry area.
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Tarp Time: Get your hands on some large tarps and twine, and if the skies begin to cloud over, tie them to trees or posts over main areas. This way, you can stay outside and remain dry. Watch out for lighting, though, and if you see some, move your guests inside. You don’t want to endanger anyone.
Rainy Day Games: In addition to the outdoor activities you may have planned, be prepared with a few rainy day games. Trivia or definition games that can be played in teams are a good idea. Also, parents will thank you if you rent a few movies to keep younger guests occupied if they end up stuck indoors.
Fireside Fun: Got a fireplace? Stock up on firewood before your party, and if the skies open up you can offer guests a cozy area to warm up and dry off.
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Sweater Solace: Being cold and damp is never fun. If you have some extra sweaters and blankets available, your guests will marvel at how thoughtful you are.
Cover Me! For light drizzles, buy extra drop sheets and use them to temporarily cover food and beverage tables. Then you won’t have to rush everything inside for a simple sun show.
Beat the Heat: Rain isn’t the only type of weather that can put a damper on a party. Climbing temperatures can be a real bummer, too. Get out the sprinkler, open up the pool, or organize a water balloon fight. Don’t forget the extra towels and make sure you have plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages to keep guests hydrated. Also, set up as many chairs and tables in the shade as possible and consider erecting a tarp.
Family Flight Plan: Get your family together and establish a stormy weather game plan, giving each person a job. If it starts to rain, instead of panicking, you’ll all spring into action and the party will be saved in no time!