The warmer temperatures of spring usher in a new season of activities. Once the last snow melts and the chilly winter winds clear out, it’s time to head outside and enjoy the outdoors. So, you know you want to host an event, but can’t decide what to do? You’re in luck, give these options a try for a springtime party to remember.

Kentucky Derby Party. Each May, viewers across the country tune in to see which horse and jockey will take first place at Churchill Downs. With long running traditions including seersucker suits, big hats, and mint juleps, the pomp and circumstance of the derby is the perfect time to throw an outdoor get together. Be sure to stock up on decorative plates and decorations, and don’t forget the mint leaves for the event’s traditional cocktail. Since this party will revolve around a televised event, getting a television outside may seem like a hurdle. However, a few well-disguised extension cords and a well-decorated deck can offer a simple solution, while renting a tent could provide a more expensive alternative.

An Easter get-together. This outdoor gathering is something the kids will definitely enjoy. Springtime and the Easter bunny are virtually synonymous, so why not make a party of it? Coordinate a giant Easter egg hunt with fellow parents and let the kids run wild searching for them. For the adults, put together a menu of spring foods that may not be available during colder months—think asparagus, artichokes, or beets—to add some much needed color after a gray winter.

cocktail partyA cocktail party. The arrival of spring brings with it longer days, which means a few more hours to enjoy sunlight. To take advantage of this longer period of natural light, put together a simple, or refined and elegant, cocktail party. Setting up a wet bar outside and mix one or two signature spring cocktails, like a gin and tonic or Tom Collins, for your guests. Be sure to keep other libations on stand-by as some of your guests may not deviate from their preferred drink. For food, set up a buffet so your guests can grab a bite when they need one. Also, make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating outdoors to encourage fun conversation.

A wedding. Ok, so this event is a big one. However, spring is a great time to host an outdoor wedding, before the weather gets too hot. Spring is also the blooming season, so take advantage of beautiful flowers for the event.

Don’t forget that these are your events. Feel free to make them as formal or relaxed as you like and, more importantly, relax. Of course you want everything to go perfectly and for your guests to have a great time, but it’s just as important that you get a chance to cut loose with your friends and family members.

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