Summertime hosting essentials: Tips for a Perfect Gathering

Summertime hosting essentials: Tips for a Perfect Gathering

Summer is the season for outdoor fun, delicious food, and spending quality time with friends and family. Whether you're planning a backyard BBQ, a pool party, or an elegant garden soirée, hosting a summer gathering can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming. To help you throw a successful event, here are some essential summer hosting tips that will make your party the talk of the season. 


Plan Ahead 

Send out your invitations well in advance, as summer is a busy time. Early invitations give your guests plenty of time to save the date.   Planning your invitations ahead is crucial when preparing for a summer gathering. Summer schedules fill up quickly, so sending out invitations well in advance ensures that your guests can reserve the date and make necessary arrangements. Whether you opt for digital invites or traditional printed cards, providing clear details such as the date, time, location, and any special instructions sets the tone for your event and helps guests plan accordingly. This proactive approach not only maximizes attendance but also allows you to anticipate the number of guests and tailor your preparations to create a memorable experience for everyone attending. 

Serve Delicious and Easy-to-Eat Foods 

It's essential to cater to a variety of tastes while keeping the seasonal theme in mind. Start with grilled meats and vegetables—burgers, hot dogs, and veggie skewers are surefire crowd-pleasers. Offer light appetizers such as sliders, chicken wings, and chips with dips for easy snacking and mingling. Enhance your menu with seasonal salads bursting with flavors like watermelon, feta, and berries, providing a refreshing contrast to the savory dishes. Ensuring a balance of flavors and options ensures that all your guests can enjoy the delicious fare while soaking up the summer vibes. 

Keep the Entertainment Flowing 

Curate a vibrant playlist of summer tunes to set the mood and keep everyone tapping their toes. For evening festivities, consider arranging an outdoor movie screening with blankets and pillows for a cozy viewing experience under the stars. These activities not only enhance the atmosphere but also ensure that your guests have a memorable and enjoyable time at your event. We also have a great selection of music that we know you’ll love; you can browse it over at our Deep Cut Blogs section. 

Enhance the Ambiance with Decor 

Use string lights, lanterns, and candles to create a warm and inviting atmosphere as the sun sets. Bright and colorful tablecloths, plates, and napkins can add a festive touch to your event. Decorate with fresh flowers and potted plants to bring a touch of nature to your party, this also adds an “instagramable” element to ensure guests can post about the party. Don’t forget to tag us along with those memories! @drinkcutabove.


Add Personal Touches 

Choose a fun theme for your party and incorporate it into your decorations, food, and drinks. Send guests home with small, personalized gifts like mini bottles of non-alcoholic sprits, custom-made coasters, or potted succulents. Create interactive stations like a photo booth with props or a craft table for kids to enjoy. 

Create a Refreshing Beverage Station 

Include a variety of non-alcoholic beverages such as iced teas, lemonades, and non-alcoholic whiskey for those who prefer alcohol alternatives. When it comes to creating an authentic tasting Bourbon Whiskey without alcohol, we enlisted some experts in Louisville to get it right.  Like all of our products, Cut Above Zero Proof Whiskey is made with all natural ingredients featuring notes of cherry, essence of oak, toasted oats and a slight spice finish with none of the alcohol or calories. Cut Above's Zero Proof Spirits are excellent choices.  
Set up a DIY mocktail bar with fresh fruits, herbs, and mixers so guests can create their own drinks. We have a list of our cocktail recipes which can be found at our Recipe section, which can help elevate your mocktail concoctions. 


In conclusion, hosting a summer gathering with these essential tips ensures a memorable and enjoyable event for all. From planning ahead and sending out invitations early to preparing a delicious spread featuring non-alcoholic whiskey and other alcohol-free drinks like Cut Above's Zero Proof Spirits, you'll create a welcoming atmosphere. With these summer hosting tips, you’ll be well-prepared to throw an unforgettable gathering that your guests will talk about all season long. From refreshing beverages and delicious food to comfortable seating and fun entertainment, your summer party will be the highlight of the year. Cheers to a season filled with laughter, joy, and wonderful memories! 

Shop our full lineup of zero proof alcohol free Spirits.

Try our Sample Size Variety Pack to discover which one is your favorite.  (The variety pack includes all 4 Cut Above Spirits with 3 alcohol free cocktails in each of the 4 trial size bottles!)

Looking for Nonalcoholic Cocktail Recipes?

Check out recipes for great Gin, Whiskey, Tequila, and Mezcal cocktails in our recipe section.


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