The queer community has had a long history of fighting for equality, and over the last several decades, there continues to be a push for acceptance in our society. Although we should show support for the LGBTQ+ all year round, it is this month where their pride shines the brightest. Join the celebration with love, happiness, and open arms.
Send Out Colorful Invitations
There is never too much color when it comes to throwing your own pride party. Once you have narrowed down the guest list, send out beautifully crafted invitations, saturated with vibrant hues. Choose any and every color of the rainbow, and for an extra touch, add a bit of glitter for some sparkle. The energy of this event begins with the invites, so don’t hold back.
Fun is in the Air
We are never too old to have fun with balloons. Get creative with these decorations and throw balloons anywhere you want. Make an arch, a garland, or let them bounce around with the wind. Have some friends come over to help blow them up; if they burst, it’ll be a great laugh.
You must cherish any moment of happiness this month brings, so bring the giggles and have a blast. Plus, balloons allow for the perfect Insta photo op!
Create a Drool-Worthy Menu
Mouthwatering food, wonderful friends, and a good vibe make a winning party. Food is the essence of a party, and friends bring the joy to complement it. Cook a themed dish that they will relish for years to come.
You can start with rainbow skewers by using multiple fruits such as kiwis, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, etc. For the main course, you can prepare bagels, pasta, and pizza, all in rainbow colors. Finally, for the sweet-toothed guests, colorful cotton candies, cupcakes, and skittles will satisfy everyone’s craving. Don’t forget to keep your guest’s food preferences or allergies in mind when crafting the menu.
Make a Signature Drink
If you want to be the best host, don’t just serve basic cocktails. Switch it up and create a signature drink like the Rainbow Sangria! To make this refreshing beverage, mix wine, sugar/honey, and lime juice in a large pitcher and stir until combined. In the serving glasses, stack bite-sized fruit pieces in rainbow color order.
For example, start with strawberries, then oranges, pineapple, kiwis, blueberries, and finally grapes. Splash a bit of ginger ale or club soda to give it some bubbles, and enjoy! Place an outdoor umbrella near your pool, so guests can rest under the shade while enjoying their drinks.
Bake a Rainbow Treat
Without a cake, your party is incomplete. Any cake will do, but if you want to make a show-stopper, then create a rainbow seven-layer cake with a different flavor for each color. That way there will be a treat for everyone’s taste, and it’ll be the subject of many pictures as well.
If you are looking to whip more treats in your backyard kitchen, here are quick tips to get the most out of your patio.
Forge Ahead in Outfit Planning
One of the best parts of a pride party is the wide array of eccentric and fabulous outfits. Have fun with your fit and let your creativity loose! You can even have a “best dressed” competition to liven up the crowd and bring out the wildest ensembles.
Remember it is still a pool party, so you will want to plan an outfit that can be worn in the summer heat and can potentially get wet. Let your guests know they’ll need to bring their own towels and beachwear.
Curate a Killer Playlist
Your party will be an instant hit with the right playlist. Instead of relying on the shuffle and hoping for a good mix, spend some time preparing your own playlist and share it with your guest list in advance. You can take their suggestions or even give them the option of adding their own favorites by opening up the playlist to collaboration.
Try Your Hands on a Karaoke Machine
There’s no doubt you and your guests will be belting out the greatest hits, but give the party a little more star power by adding a karaoke machine. Nothing is better than singing along to your favorite beats while holding a mic in one hand and your friend’s arm in another.
Ready, Set, Inked
Whether you already have some ink or not, setting up a tat station to wear your pride is a creative and exciting way to let your colors shine. Guests will be lining up to join in on the fun, and before the end of the night, everyone will be glowing in every color of the rainbow.
If you have set up the ink station indoors, then a roller shade is just perfect for creating a private area, and if you have had enough sunbathing, then a solar shade will come in handy in blocking all the UV rays.
Give Party Favors
Lastly, give party favors to your guests as souvenirs, and they will cherish them forever. If you are holding a virtual party, then you can directly ship them to your guests’ addresses. A cute jewelry box or a frame with some goodies would be perfect.