The Ultimate Holiday Outdoor Bash Guide

The holidays are coming and the multinational population of the UAE is gearing for the different celebrations. And, because it’s winter — the best time of the year for outdoor get-togethers — for sure, there will be a lot of folks throwing outdoor parties.

If you are one of the many who will be hosting an event to gather family and friends this winter holiday, you better start planning as early as possible. This is the best way to avoid the frazzle and hassle of putting together a shindig to celebrate. For this, provided below is a guide to help you pull off this fun affair without breaking a sweat.

  • Go for simple food

According to the best event organizers or planners, you cannot go wrong with simple food, especially for outdoor parties. The food that you liked as a kid such as corn dogs, steak sandwiches, and nachos are always hits. You can just fancy them up to agree with the preferences of your older guests.

  • Create an easy setup

As pretty as a fancy setup may be, it is better to go with a practical one for outdoor get-togethers. Not only will this encourage everybody to socialize more, but it will make the flow of the event so much smoother as well. Oftentimes, an elegant setup dictates rather stiff behavior or formal decorum, and this beats the common intention of outdoor parties, which is to celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere.

So, opt for slightly “crude” solutions — after all, rustic is on trend. For example, use a galvanized bucket filled with ice instead of a typical cooler to keep canned soda, bottles of San Pellegrino fruit beverages or sparkling water, and just attach a bottle opener to one of the handles of the bucket.

With such setup, all your guests can pretty much take care of themselves because everything is accessible and easy.

  • Set out twins of each dish or treat

If you have a lot of guests, this is the best strategy to use in avoiding buffet traffic. Two of the same offerings placed on opposite ends of the table can address the dreaded traffic jam during meal time. It will keep everybody moving along much faster, and ensure everyone is comfortable and well-fed.

  • Just buy the cakes

Sweet treats like cakes are absolute musts for outdoor get-togethers. However, do not bother slaving away in the kitchen baking for your party; just buy them from a local bakery. There are places where you can get cakes and other treats at wholesale prices. If you have a lot of guests, such cakes are budget-friendlier and you can be sure of the quality as well.

There is no shame to doing this. In fact, your guests will think you’ve been pretty clever about it, especially if you add a personal touch to plain cakes such as decorative sugar candies, chopped up chocolate bars, and frosting.

  • Prepare a soundtrack for the party

If you want a more festive gathering, call your family and friends and ask what their favorite tunes are. Download these on a music player or create your playlist on Spotify that will serve as the soundtrack for your outdoor event.

The music will do so much in putting everybody in the right mood and if you want some dancing to take place, favorite tunes are sure to get guests on their feet.

  • Bring out the electric fans

If the party venue is your garden or backyard, improve ventilation by bringing out a few electric fans. Place them near the tables to keep your guests cool while eating, and also to blow away pesky bugs.

  • Have an outdoor film showing

Give everybody something to enjoy at your party and you cannot go wrong with a film showing. You can use your driveway as the venue for an outdoor movie showing. Just hang a white sheet and hook up your laptop, projector, and speakers.

Christmas comedies and adventures like “Home Alone,” “The Rise of the Guardians”, “The Grinch” and “Polar Express” are surefire winners. Prepare popcorn, foldable chairs, and picnic blankets and you have a legit movie viewing event for your party.

With this guide, you are sure to have one successful outdoor bash that family and friends will talk about with great fondness long after the holidays are over.


Jad Asaad is the Marketing Manager at Horeca Trade LLC with more than eight years of experience in digital, online and offline marketing. He started his career in Beirut working in a creative agency and then moved to Dubai to further expand his career. He created and implemented award-winning high-impact digital and offline marketing campaigns that consistently generated revenue streams and improved performance in targeted segments.

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