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A beautiful summer evening calls for a no-frills alfresco affair, including a signature cocktail, Instagrammable moments and more. We’ve created an essential guide to throwing a backyard soirée that is sure to be a smash.

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A Smooth Sip

’Tis the season for spritzing and smooth sipping. To ensure all the elements in your yard party beverage are just right, enlist Steady Pour to create a signature cocktail. The company can deliver a handcrafted daiquiri or margarita right to your backyard with no extra bar service or effort necessary, making your job as host even more of a breeze. Need something super simple? Try the new Tattersall Bootlegger (just add soda water) for an über Minnesotan libation.

Game On

When it comes to the evening’s activities, a little friendly competition definitely goes a long way. West Emory has you covered with sleekly styled yard games like bocce ball, bean bag toss and oversize Jenga to launch your guests on a quest for backyard glory. This may sound cheesy, but trust us: There’s no sweeter taste than victory.

Dips, Dips, Dips

Nothing enables people to set aside their differences and instantly agree on something faster than an amazing dip. Whether it’s cheesy or vegan, baked or chilled, the options are endless when it comes to dunk-forward nibbles. (Also, if your evening has been shaped as a potluck-style affair, your guests will be relieved to hear they only need to bring a dip.) Tip: As a showstopper, consider crafting Kowalski’s Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

The Perfect Playlist

And of course, that perfect soundtrack sets the tone for an evening spent among your favorite people. Enlist our Summer Soirée playlist to ensure the vibe stays at 100 all night long.

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