Who doesn’t love a summer party? The gardens are in bloom, the temperatures balmy, everything is green & your clothes are light weight. I certainly don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but if you’re thinking this is the perfect time to have your event, let me alert you to a few of the pitfalls that can sabotage a summer party: First, is the heat. There are never any guarantees on the weather, but if it’s over ninety degrees & your facility has no air conditioning, you’re going to have uncomfortable & unhappy guests. I know this seems obvious, but you have NO idea how many times a dewey-eyed bride will say “But, I’ve always dreamed of having my wedding in a barn!” Those dreams can lead to heat stroke & ruined suits. It’s not very romantic but there it is. On a related note, if you’re outside in a garden, forest preserve, lake or country club, you have to consider the bugs. They like a party as much as the next person. But the next person may be your Aunt Edna & she’s allergic to bee stings! A third booby trap of the beautiful setting, is it can separate your guests. Put a bar outside & half the people will go there, never to come in again. If you want cohesive, enthusiastic partying & dancing, you need the whole crowd joining in, so you want to keep them together. If you plan ahead, considering some of these challenges which may relate to your choice of venue, then you can avoid these pitfalls & have the perfect party. & without a doubt, everyone loves a summer party.