As the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to take your parties and get-togethers outdoors and enjoy the beauty of spring. But before you officially start planning, you want to host a party that stands out from all the other spring celebrations in your neighborhood. What can you do to make this a party that your guests won’t soon forget? Below are a few tips for hosting a spectacular spring celebration that celebrates the start of a new season, ushers in the exciting feelings of summertime, and lets you stretch your legs after the long winter.


1. Rent Tables and Chairs

Seating arrangements are an important but often overlooked aspect of party planning. With the weather heating up, most people assume that they can throw out some lawn chairs or tell everyone to gather on their porch. But a professional seating arrangement adds an extra layer of class and organization, showing your guests that this isn’t just another boring get-together. Instead of hauling mismatched chairs out of your attic, rent some nice chairs and impress your guests with a stunning seating area that looks like something from a magazine.


2. Serve Unique Dishes—Not Bland Picnic Food

“Warm weather has arrived—let’s break out the hot dogs and hamburgers!” That’s the first thought that might pop into your head. But why serve generic picnic foods when you can offer tasty, unique dishes that capture the flavor of spring in a totally new way? The Internet is full of charming spring recipes, including salads, appetizers, main dishes, and more. Choose recipes with light ingredients like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and hard-boiled eggs. Not only are these dishes perfect for spring, they’re also light and refreshing—you don’t want to serve hot, heavy food on a warm spring day.


3. Give Out Party Favors

Party favors aren’t just for kids’ birthday parties! Woman’s Day suggests giving out fun spring-themed favors for your guests to take home and enjoy throughout the season. You can give out handmade crafts, small treats, miniature bouquets, and anything else that you think your guests will love. Your guests will be happy that they RSVP’d—not just because of the celebration itself, but because they received a small gift to take home with them.


Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative!

Whenever we host a party, most of us feel locked-in to the usual party conventions—send out invitations, arrange some tables and lawn chairs in your backyard, hang out for a while, blow up balloons, and grill hamburgers. There’s no reason that you can’t try something totally new that’ll leave everyone talking for weeks. Whether it’s a delicious spring dish that they’ve never tried before, a formal seating arrangement with tasteful centerpieces, or fun party favors that your guests will treasure, don’t be afraid to break tradition. You might even start some new traditions of your own.

Many people love to have summer parties, but what better way to satiate your friends’ excitement for those parties than to start early? Spring is a great time to have a party and make use of the warm weather that everyone has been missing for so long. Keep these tips in mind, and you’re sure to start off the year with wonderful memories!