At last, the warm weather has started to arrive and that calls for one thing… a summer party! You’ve been looking forward to your annual 4th of July bash, your famous summer movie night and that alfresco dinner party. This year, make your soiree as on point as possible with the help of these party planning tips.


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Create the Space
Decorating for a party is one of the best parts of party planning! You can get as creative & as colorful as you like with party decorations… after all, you can never have too many! DIY decorations will help ensure you keep to your budget party & they don’t have to be difficult to make either. Invest in a great table and seating that suits your style and fits your needs; bench seats are great for big groups.

Keep It Casual
Who doesn’t love a simple gathering in the garden with friends around the BBQ? Although a BBQ party is all about the food, it doesn’t stop you from hanging up some simple garden decorations & putting on some music to give your BBQ a party vibe. If you don’t have enough chairs for your summer party, you can get creative with the seating arrangements by using blankets, pillows, pallets and even hay bales! Fill a trough or pretty metal bucket with ice to chill drinks. Add home grown flower arrangements using backyard clippings and place in vintage containers.

Create a Bug-Free Zone
Keep bugs from bothering you by setting up fans to blow a gentle breeze across the party. This also doubles as a fantastic way to keep things cool on a hot day.

Use Foolproof Recipes
Testing a new recipe on a large group of people is not recommended. Prepare dishes you know will be a crowd-pleaser.

Set the Mood
Make a special playlist to turn on for nice background noise while people are chatting to help to create a fun atmosphere.

And No Matter What…
Have a backup plan just in case it rains.


Funway Entertainment
Funway Entertainment is where you want to be this summer! Join us in the Backyard Park for a fun filled day of go karting, bumper boats, batting cages, mini golf, water wars and jump shot basketball. The Junior Go Kart Pack is for the beginner drivers, ages 7-9, while the Eagle Pack is for drivers 10 and up. Both of these races are located on the Family Go Kart Track.  Are you interested in racing on the Fast Track? Then the Falcon Pack is for you! The Go Kart Summer Fun Packs make it easy to plan your trip and make summer memories you won’t forget! Come out and play! 1335 S. River St. Batavia. 630-879-8717 Visit:

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons available every Saturday at 1 p.m.  Located at 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501. Call 708-458-0300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at Like us at

SAFARI LAND – Villa Park
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit or call 630-530-4649.

From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions.  The two-story “eatertainment” complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and Bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800.

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