5- Steps to Planning a Porch Party

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The weather is getting warmer, and it’s time to gather the neighbors for drinks and conversation. You want to do something fun, yet simple. Which is exactly what I was thinking when I decided to host an Open House Porch Party. I wanted to show-off the amazing front porch feature of the house, but it had to be easy.

5- Steps to a Porch Party

  1. Create & Invite friends. I quickly put together these invites on PicMonkey.com . They even had templates that I could select. Evite is a good option too.

2. Plan your menu. Grab the ice bucket or cooler and fill it with your favorite beers. I like to offer a variety of red and white wines too. Appetizers are the perfect size for porch parties. Set-up a narrow long table for the food. You can give your guests a choice to bring an appetizer or drink to share.

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3.Decorate. Simple decorations like decorative lights strung around the ceiling edges, colorful chairs, pillows, tablecloths, and paper products will give your party a festive pop of color.

porch party pop of color, open house

4. Games. Yard games will keep the porch from getting too crowded and your guests entertained. My favorite yard games are corn hole, ladder toss, and bocce ball.

5. Manage. The purpose of a porch party is to keep guests on the porch or in the yard. You don’t want too many people wandering through your house. Hang up a sign on the front door that informs your guests that they can use your bathroom, but be sure to come back to the porch. I found this fun sign online at Country Barn Babe.

porch party sign, open house

Country Barn Babe


You’re invited to my Open House Porch Party on Sunday, April 22nd from 2-4 p.m. at 6305 Godfrey Drive in Raleigh. This house has an amazing front porch and beautiful landscaped yard. Unlike a regular Porch Party, I’m encouraging guests to go inside and tour the house. I’ll be serving light refreshments and drinks plus everyone that signs in will be entered to win a family 4-pack to the Virginia International Raceway for the Pirelli World Challenge.

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