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How to Host a Spring Party for Neighbors and Friends

Posted on 08 May, 2019

Spring has sprung in Southern California! With warmer weather returning, it’s a great time to throw open the sliding glass doors and spend some time on the patio. Feeling inspired to celebrate the season? Check out these simple tips for hosting a spring party for neighbors and friends.

Consider paper invitations.
These days, digital or email invitations are the norm. But if you’re inviting neighbors to your party, why not deliver a paper invitation in person? People love receiving fun mail – plus, it’ll give you an excuse to get some exercise walking around the neighborhood. Wrapping the envelope with brown twine and a wildflower can be a nice springtime touch.

Get festive with spring décor.
Think spring! For party decorations, use lively colors. Pastels are great, of course, but what about sage green and butter yellow? Incorporate natural elements from the outdoors, such as local flowers or leaves. Need some vases? Use clear mason jars or paint them metallic gold. And for an evening party, use string lights to create soft lighting and add a festive feel to the night.

Craft your own party favors.
Help your guests bring a piece of the party home with them with decorative bakery boxes for take-home treats or desserts. Another great idea for party favors: Create mini bouquets for everyone with local flowers and foliage – they’re easy to make and won’t break the bank. Gather a few flowers and greens, wrap them with brown paper, tie them together with a ribbon or twine and you’ve got a mini spring bouquet for your guests to remember the event by.

Make it DIY.
When it comes to serving food at your party, keep it simple. Arrange food buffet style to spend less time in the kitchen and more time mingling with your guests. Have a signature cocktail (like a ginger mint mojito) and non-alcoholic drink (like cucumber lemonade) mixed and ready to go. If your guests are craft beer fans, set out a few bottles and flight glasses for them to pour and sample. Prep what you can the night before. Simple floral arrangements can be left out overnight; also, set out any non-perishable foods with plastic wrap over them until the party begins.

Host in a new home at Centennial.
The homes at Centennial were made for entertaining, from gourmet kitchens and covered patios to glass doors that seamlessly blend indoor/outdoor living. Not only that, our HomeSmart® features make hosting a breeze. Have Alexa set the mood by asking her to play your “Spring Party” playlist. Party getting too warm? Adjust your home’s temperature from your smartphone, or just ask Alexa to do it for you.

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