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How to Throw the Ultimate Summer Soiree

Posted on 19 Jul, 2019

The Aliento community, nestled atop the hills of Santa Clarita, provides a breathtaking backdrop for both backyard barbecues and sophisticated get-togethers. Has this summer inspired you to host a gathering that’s slightly more elegant than the average party? Check out these tips on how to throw the ultimate summer soiree.

Have Fun With Themes
While having a theme for your party is not necessary, it can add an element of fun. Here’s one way to choose a theme: Think about the kind of food or drinks you’d like to have at your party, then look for a theme that works with those items. And, for a summer soiree, why not think about summer vacation destinations? For example, tapas and sangria for a Spanish theme, lamb and pita for a Greek theme, or seafood and fresh fruit for a Caribbean theme.

Food and Drink
Speaking of food and drink … Kick things off with a summery white wine. Or make a white wine spritzer with some club soda. You can instantly elevate your water by serving it in a pretty pitcher with cucumber or orange slices mixed in for a refreshing drink your guests will love. Party guests love to snack, so set up seated areas with snacks in different parts of the space. This will make it easier for the party to spread out, and you’ll avoid everyone crowding around one main food table.

Guest List
What size party would you like to have? A smaller guest list makes the gathering more intimate, while a larger group can be a fun way for your different friends and family to get to know each other. Whichever you decide, you can’t go wrong with a guest list that includes people you love spending time with. And since this is an upscale event, why not send out paper invitations as an added touch?

Set the Tone With Details
When it comes to parties, the smallest details can make a big difference. To set an inviting tone for the gathering, consider using a few simple décor items to take your soiree to the next level. Fresh flowers and simple linens placed on the serving tables add a special touch. For outdoor soirees, twinkling string lights can create a soft look and feel. For indoor parties, candles set in votives also work well.

Music is another great way to create an atmosphere for your gathering. Music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora offer pre-made playlists with themes such as “Feel Good Summer,” “Dinner with Friends,” or “An Elegant Affair.” Homes at Aliento have HomeSmart® technology with Amazon-integrated features, so just ask Alexa to start the music! Or get creative and make your own playlist. Feeling especially fancy? Take the music to the next level by hiring live musicians to perform at your party. A single singer/guitarist can really elevate the event.

Aliento: Designed for Entertaining
At Aliento, you’ll find beautiful homes with oversized backyards and indoor/outdoor living spaces that create the ideal setting for summer soirees. Let guests mingle inside or out with gourmet kitchens that look out onto spacious great rooms and flow into covered patios and outdoor rooms. Or take the party over to The Terrace, Aliento’s resort-style amenity center featuring a sparkling swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spaces for dining and gathering, and sweeping vistas of the Santa Clarita valley.

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