DON'T leave your summer party to the whims of Mother Nature.
DO weatherproof your outdoor party.
The three uninvited guests that sometimes crash your outdoor party: Wind, Rain and Humidity. Here's how to treat each of them.
A few items keep Wind from ruining the fun. Table cover clips are your first line of defense. These plastic clamps are a must-have to keep your table covering from flying away on a windy day. Napkins, plates, cutlery and other party essentials at risk of blowing away can easily be stored in a storage bin if Wind decides to drop in. Just have a storage bin handy in preparation.
A few sprinkles never hurt anyone…unless you count a damaged hairdo. Keep an eye on the weather report a few days in advance of your event, and if it looks like Rain may dampen your parade, set up a canopy. A tented area for the grill, buffet table and a few huddled picnic tables is the priority. With the food and some seating protected, you may only need to wait out a light shower under umbrellas until Rain moves on.
If this party crasher decides to come down in buckets and wash out your outdoor party plans, be prepared. Set up a rug and shoe rack so guests can wipe and store their muddy and wet shoes. Have a few towels laid out in case anyone needs to dry off.
If your menu includes grub from the grill, have a backup plan. If you've set up a chafing dish buffet, you already have a good Plan B! You can even make a couple of your favorite casseroles the night before the party. Put them in the freezer and bring them out if Rain brings the thunder, so to speak. If Rain goes away, your frozen dish will keep until you're ready to dig in. As a failsafe, you can keep a take-out restaurant menu ready should you need to order some pizzas and chicken wings or call for Chinese.
A waterslide or sprinkler turns this unwanted guest into a reason to play. As a bonus, the chill mist will cool down the air for those guests that opt not to get wet and wild on the slide or run through the sprinkler. Water balloons, water blasters and other summer toys and games are another way to beat the heat while having fun.