June means that summer sunshine is here to stay—and do you really another reason to celebrate? We think not.
Whether it’s a baby shower, a birthday party, a Fourth of July celebration, or a just-because barbecue, the warm weather delivers an endless parade of summery picnics and cookouts to attend… or host. But between planning the menu, coming up with a guest list, and pulling the whole thing off, hosting a party can be stressful, especially in the summer when temperatures are high. And what host doesn’t dread getting stranded in the kitchen while his or her guests enjoy the party?
Luckily, there are ways to avoid this and other party stressors. With a bit of preparation beforehand and a cool head, you, too, can make it through the summer party marathon—and even host a get-together of your own.
Follow these 15 guidelines to help you get ahead before your event so that you can actually enjoy yourself.