For some reason many people feel the need to have live animals at outdoor parties. When people plan children’s birthday parties that will take place outdoors they feel the need to consider a petting zoo or some sort of animals to entertain the children. People putting on a very formal function like to have exotic birds roaming around and other animals that make the party seem exotic. Adding live animals at your outdoor parties is an interesting idea but if you plan it wrong then it can become a disaster. Make sure you always have an expert on hand to not only help you properly set up the grounds to accommodate the animals but also to make sure that everything that the animals come in contact with is okay for them. Some animals have horrible reactions to things that we take for granted everyday. For example, chocolate can be fatal to a dog if the dog ingests it so keeping chocolate away from a dog is probably a good idea. You may also want to remind your guests that these are living creatures and not wind up toys. Living creatures need to be treated with respect or else they can strike back and that could be disastrous.
At outdoor parties people sometimes like to have ice sculptures, chocolate statues, and other creations made of food that can melt. I think you see where this is going. Ice sculptures and statues made of chocolate are great attractions for parties but they may not do so well at outdoor parties. If you intend upon having attractions such as this you should probably seriously consider keeping them indoors to avoid the elements from destroying them long before your party is over. If they start to melt, or it starts to rain outside, then moving attractions such as this could be almost impossible as they will surely be destroyed before they can reach safety. So consider that before you put such attractions out for display at outdoor parties.
Every outdoor party needs an indoor contingency plan. Many people consider it a bad luck sign to make secondary plans for the weather but those that know about planning outdoor parties call it smart planning. You can never predict the weather and weather can destroy an outdoor party quicker than it takes you to plan it so it only makes sense to have a back-up plan in place in case something goes wrong. At the very least you may want to consider a covering for the important parts of your party like the food table or any place a ceremony may be taking place.