5 Tricks for Pulling Together a Last-Minute Porch Party
Take it to the porch for a no-fuss spring get-together that you can pull together in 2 hours or less.Don't worry about vacuuming or having those throw pillows just right, this season we're all about the easy, breezy porch party. We're ditching our usual pre-party antics (wherein we frighten innocent husbands and children as we run through the house in a crazed stupor haphazardly flinging the Swiffer Wet Jet into every last nook and cranny) in favor of a much more laid-back hostess style. Here's how to pull it off.
Bring the indoors out.
Set up your porch like you would a room, but don't you dare buy anything. Everything you need is already in your house. Bring out a few extra side tables, dining room chairs, even the sideboard to serve as a buffet. If you already have a bar cart set up inside, roll that thing outside. You don't have to worry about having a sparsely furnished living room for the time-being—everyone will be on the porch, after all.
Make it almost homemade.
Skip the fancy recipes and kitchen time and opt for a menu that you can send someone out for while you handle the last-minute porch prep. Think hand-held, cool, and easy to eat with one hand (the other hand will likely be occupied by a frosty cocktail). For a perfectly Southern menu, pick up fried okra (pop it in the oven for a few minutes just before guests arrive), chilled cucumber soup (or any chilled soup from your favorite local restaurant), mini tomato pies, and boiled shrimp with remoulade for dipping. Spoon everything into individually sized dishes and set them out on trays throughout the porch to encourage guests to graze.
Set up a drink station with a signature cocktail—in batch form.
There is no way you want to be playing bartender all day or night. Mix up a simple signature cocktail that's easy enough to recreate when the pitcher or decanter starts to get low. We love this recipe from Charleston-based wedding planner Tara Guerard: vodka + soda water + crushed ice + splash of fresh grapefruit juice.
How To Throw A Football Porch Party
If you're not making it to the stadium or tailgate, why not bring the party to your porch? With just a few easy upgrades, you can host a football party that'll impress your guests. And, of course, you can't forget a Bloody Mary Bar! Your football porch party will come together easily with these quick tips.
Think of it as an elevated block party.
If there isn't enough room on the porch, guests will naturally spill over on the front lawn. The more the merrier. Just make sure you have enough food and drinks for everyone.
Keep it casual.
Don't fuss over the menu, cocktails, or the guests. The beauty of a last-minute porch party is no one is going to expect white-glove service. They're there to have a good time—and maybe sip a cocktail or two.