Like most inhabitants of New York City, you’ve probably been brainstorming ways to get the heck out of your apartment in exchange for a little outdoor time since roughly April. But, hosting an entire al fresco fete isn’t easy. For help, we linked up with editor and NYC-native Laura Neilson
, who's practically an expert at throwing together a last-minute bash with limited supplies.
"Too often, hosts throw parties that they don't actually get to enjoy themselves because they're running around setting things out, refilling, or tidying," Neilson told us. She hosted a summer solstice party earlier this season, and has tips ahead on just how she made it happen. Tip number one: "Everything we made, we prepped in advance."
Keep reading for a vicarious party experience, and plenty of know-how to use for your next bash.