Summer is right around the corner, bringing with it the smell of freshly cut grass, beautiful flowers, swimming suits and outdoor parties. There is nothing that can compete with outdoor summer parties; lots of friends, kids running and playing, the smell of barbeque in the air, a baseball game and, of course, an ongoing game of ping pong!
Ping pong is a ‘major player’ of most parties these days for a good reason; it is FUN! (Any adult can play it without the aches and pains associated with an afternoon of baseball or football games!). The ping pong tables also bring a festive note to any party with the cool designs that are available. In my opinion, summer is the ideal time to play ping pong; the ping pong table is set up outside making clean up a matter of hosing off the table!
There are a few things to consider when planning an outdoor party that includes ping pong. First is the question of ‘where to set up the ping pong table’. Try to find a location that will be shaded throughout the afternoon. Alcohol and direct sunlight are not a good combination. This will also help to prevent sunburns. Secondly, place a cooler or tub with ice close to the table and stock it with bottled water so that the players have everything they need close at hand. Place or hang a small basket with extra ping-pong balls near the table. Offer a prize for the ‘grand champ’, this can be something small, or a gag gift.
Finally, if any of your guests appear to be a little ‘tipsy’, have an open offer for them to spend the night at your house or provide a ‘designated driver’ to get them home safely.