Hosting backyard parties is a classic weekend activity and a great way to catch up with friends and family. As all hosts know, timing is everything for your party if you start it in the afternoon and want to extend it into the late evening. You need to plan out snacks, mealtime, games, and other activities to keep your guests engaged and to allow yourself enough time to socialize. We did some research on the perfect backyard party timeline, and here it is!
The Day and Night Before
Preparation is key for any party you host because you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while your guests are out enjoying your hard work. The day leading up to your party should include getting your yard in order, setting out tables and games, and to prepare as much food as possible.
The morning of your party is crunch time! It’s time to pack the coolers with drinks and ice, get your grilling items ready to cook, and finish making any dishes that you can keep in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.
It’s time for you to get ready! This time is important for you to relax for an hour before your guests arrive. Use this hour to shower, pick out your outfit, and set out any snacks that your guests can munch on until dinner.
Guests are arriving! If you set a 1:00pm start time for a backyard party, expect your guests to arrive anywhere from right on time to an hour or more later. This is a very casual time to your party where guests will be talking, and you can warmly greet everyone.
It’s party time! Fill these hours with games, casual conversation, delicious snacks, and cold drinks.
It’s time to start cooking. Backyard barbecues often feature a few grilled items, so start your grill with enough time for it to get to the right temperature, and then it’s time for you and your co-host to get busy cooking.
Mealtime! This might be an earlier dinner time than you are used to, but bear in mind that your guests likely had a light lunch in anticipation of a large dinner, so this is the perfect time to get eating!
The time after dinner is when you can set out your dessert items, allow people to relax as they digest their delicious meal, and also allows for some guests to head home if they have young kids.
Start the fire and turn up the music for the late-night fun! This is the time for you to unwind and really enjoy your guests as you chat around the bonfire. Your guests will trickle out as the night goes on, and you can stick to your designated end-time to get some much needed rest after a long day.
We hope this backyard party timeline helps you to enjoy one of the best events of the summer for you and for your guests!