Outdoor parties can be real fun if carried out efficiently.  Many people spend a lot of money on such parties but few of them are able to get the whole thing right.  There is great amount of planning involved in carrying out an ideal outdoor party.  Here are a few tips to put a smile on the faces of your guests:

Choose a good location in your backyard

A spot with an ideal mix of sun and shade is ideal for setting tables.  Use umbrellas, open walled tents for creating shade in open areas.  If ideal conditions are hard to find, prepare for them well in advance.  Arm yourself with insect repellant, coats (if its chilly), sun block and hats.

Keep in Mind the Wind

Strong winds can be extremely distressing for an outdoor party.  You can pin the tablecloths on to the tables if you expect a windy day.

Renovate your Lawn

Your lawn is like the outfit of your outdoor party.  Work on watering flowerbeds, trimming hedges, mowing the lawn.  Spend as much time dressing the lawn as you would yourself on the party day.
Prepare your Menu

Two days before your outdoor party just reconsider the plan of your party and the menu.  Confirm if your guests have special diet requirements.  Try not going for complicated recipes.  Simplicity is power.
How detailed can you get?

A week before your party, you should go in for the minor details.  Sit down and visualize how you expect the party to turn up.  Then work on the details such as where to lay the food, which tablecloth to put, what time you would lay the food, preferences of guests.

Finally be ready with garbage bins or cardboard boxes.  It is a good idea to clear the trash a few times while the party is going on.

Using these simple tips you and your hosts are sure to have a blast and enjoy yourself.