The 5 Essentials You Need to Throw the Ultimate Pokemon GO Party
Whether you're a fan of the game or looking to keep those kiddos entertained, we know what will make your next bash a huge success.
The obsession with Pokemon GO is real right now. Since the game's release, players of all ages have been scouring the neighborhood in search of Nidorans and Eeves. (Those are "pocket monsters" for you newbies.)
While we don’t need a reason to throw a party, this definitely seems like an opportunity in the making. You've already secured a location—aka, your backyard or the nearest park—and entertainment. Here's everything else you'll need to host the ultimate Pokemon GO party.
1: Proper Party Attire
If you and your friends are going to be the very best, you'll need to dress the part. Leave the loafers and heels at home and lace up your comfiest pair of sneakers. Your feet will thank us for it later!
2: Portable Charger
The last thing you want is to run out of battery power when you're finally about to snag that Snorlax. Keep the party going and tuck a few portable chargers into your backpack. You'll easily catch 'em all as you move from one Pokestop to the next.
3: Bug Repellent
Pokemon aren't the only things roaming the neighborhood. To keep pests at bay, create a "Relief Station" complete with bug spray and anti-inch lotion. If you're playing in the backyard, you can also light citronella candles, which will ward off mosquitoes and evoke a nice ambience.
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4: Food Fix
Kids' Treats in Mason Jars
While kids entertain themselves at the holiday soiree, it's important to always consider safety first, especially when it comes to candy. Before laying candy out, be certain to ask parents if their children have any allergies or dietary restrictions, then stick solely with small, soft styles rather than hard candy, which could pose a choking hazard.
Don't forget to get your food fix! In the spirit of collecting different Pokemon candy, fill jars with pretzels and gummies. Or, for a healthy alternative, substitute the sweets with fruit and granola.
5: Team Spirit
Whether you're Team Instinct, Team Mystic or Team Valor, we can all get behind an ice-cold drink. Once you've made it home, wind down with a fruit-infused cocktail (or lemonade for the kiddos).
Make This: Boozy Berry Patch Lemonade for Adults
Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
Our twist on the classic gin and tonic combines muddled mint, fresh pink grapefruit and sweet elderflower liqueur for a refreshing summer brew that will prove to be a major party pleaser.
Make This: Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
The Lime in the Coconut
Made from coconut vodka, coconut water, pineapple puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of cherry-lime sparkling water, this refreshing big batch cocktail is a summery twist on the classic vodka soda.
Make This: Lime in the Coconut Cocktail
Coconut Mango Margarita
Not too sweet — but not too spicy — a blend of jalapeño, mango and coconut milk is a winning combination. You can make it in 10 minutes from start to finish, and no need for a high-powered blender because the recipe uses frozen mango cubes in lieu of ice cubes.
Make This: Coconut Mango Margarita
Coastal Citrus Punch
This refreshing punch can be made in a large glass jug and placed in a pail of ice for your summertime gathering. Place additional fruit and ice in glasses for a fun, decorative touch.
Make This: Coastal Citrus Punch
The flavors of this festive punch will bring you back to your childhood. Perfect for an outdoor gathering, bridal shower or Sunday brunch, this sunny concoction is easily doubled and great for a crowd.
Make This: Oranges-and-Cream Punch
Lemony Summer Shandy
This beer punch couldn't be easier to whip up, and its light, lemony flavor helps cool down hot summer days. Careful, though: The Canadian whiskey packs a punch.
Make This: Lemonade-Beer Punch
Rose and Lemon Sparkling Punch
Sparkling rosè and cranberry juice give this lemony punch its blush-pink hue, making it perfect for a summer picnic or bridal or baby shower.
Make This: Sparkling Rosè Punch