How to Prepare for an Outdoor Party in Less Than an Hour

How to Prepare for an Outdoor Party in Less Than an Hour Expand options

Inviting your friends and family for an outdoor gathering during COVD-19 is exciting but also stressful. You might not have much time to get everything ready for their arrival. This guide will show you how to prepare for an outdoor party in less than an hour, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting any essentials.

Before chopping veggies and warming up the appetizers, use these tips to get all the supplies you’ll need. When you’ve gathered all the necessary supplies, you’ll know how to handle anything the night has in store for you.

Keep disinfectants and masks at hand

A hand using hand sanitizer


Display disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers and extra masks to encourage guests to use them. Masks can be used while socializing and can be removed while drinking or eating. 

Grab your charcuterie board

Appetizers and other pre-dinner snacks are essential for avoiding hangry guests. When you don’t have time to make homemade guacamole or pigs in a blanket, grab your trusted charcuterie board. It becomes the stylish focal point of your serving area and displays various delicious foods that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Pull out a salad bowl

Salad bowls are another way to simplify an entire course. Throw all your favorite toppings in the bowl with a base of lettuce, kale or spinach. Toss it to mix and your guests can fill their bowls with as much as they’d like. It doubles as decor as well, depending on what you own. Colorful pottery or handcrafted wooden bowls add a pop of color and texture to any party.

Clean your glasses

Consider what you’d like to serve and get glasses explicitly designed for those drinks. Cocktails belong in cocktail glasses just like you’d serve sake in ochoko cups, according to tradition. Using the wrong drink ware would disrupt the party’s vibe and make each sip feel out of place.

Unload the dishwasher

A clean, empty and open dishwasher


It only takes five minutes to unload the dishwasher, but it will restock your silverware throughout the night. You won’t have to hand-wash forks and knives if your guests need extras. It also gives you more silverware to set up for a formal meal, which requires multiple sets of forks and spoons.

Don’t forget this crucial tip for any dinner party. No one will be able to enjoy the night if there aren’t enough utensils to go around. Even when hosting duties take over the night, you should still be able to mingle and hang out with your guests instead of spending every minute in the kitchen.

Gather extra napkins

Napkins are one of the most crucial dinner party supplies. Find extra disposable napkins to place under silverware or rent colorful fabric cloths. Arrange the linens in shapes on each plate or stack them next to various buffet tables. You’ll have plenty to grab if there’s an accidental mess and they’ll provide adorable extra decor if they match your party theme.

Prepare With Ease

Anyone can learn how to prepare for a party in less than an hour with tips like these. Plan ahead so you have everything on standby. A salad bowl, serving glasses and even extra napkins will come in handy when the party finally begins.


Cora’s passion is to inspire others to live a happy, healthful, and mindful life through her words on Revivalist–wholeheartedly convincing them that everyday moments are worth celebrating. Cora has spent 5+ years writing for numerous lifestyle sites – hence her sincere love for both life and the beauty of style in all things. Keep up with Cora on TwitterPinterest and Facebook.

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