Garden parties are a great way to spend time with loved ones whilst you enjoy a relaxing day outdoors. Wonderful for when the nights get lighter and the temperature gets warmer, a garden party is a great way to see in the summer and entertain your nearest and dearest.
With all remaining restrictions predicted to end in March, what better way to celebrate than by throwing a knock-out summer party?
To help you plan your summer blowout, we’ve put together some top tips to make the big day run smoothly.
Top tips for a successful summer party
1. Check the weather
The Great British summertime can be unpredictable. Although you may wish for sunshine, there’s always a small chance of rain. If you’re planning your party for a specific day, make sure to prepare for all eventualities. If you can, invest in a gazebo or parasol to provide shelter to your guests should the heavens open.
Just be sure to consider your finances beforehand so you stick to your budget.
2. Sort out your seating
Garden parties can go on for an entire day, so it’s important that people can sit down. Whether you opt for blankets on the floor or fold-out chairs, make sure you arrange them in a sociable layout that encourages conversation.
3. Get some lawn games
Nothing screams garden party more than some fun lawn games such as croquet or hoopla. As well as keeping any smaller guests entertained, they also provide a talking point and icebreaker for guests who aren’t as well acquainted.
4. Decorations are important
Once you’ve decided your theme (if you’re having one!), then it’s time to decorate your garden accordingly. For a bold yet informal look, bright balloons and colours add a touch of fun to your space. For something a bit more paired back, nude colours and natural artisan decorations such as pampas grass make for a sophisticated garden.
For something a little “extra”, suspended flower displays have become a trendy way to embellish your garden for parties. Using natural materials such as wood, cloth and foliage, hang your decorations above the table for the ultimate al fresco party.
5. Plan your food
A key component of any garden party is the food. With the ability to make or break any event, it’s important to get it right. When planning your meals, it’s important to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements. You’ll need to make sure there are vegetarian (and potentially vegan!) dishes as well as dishes suitable for people on special diets – such as gluten-free. If you have health-conscious guests, you should also consider some low-sugar, diet-friendly options.
6. Consider your lighting
Lighting can transform a soulless garden into an ambient party venue, so it’s essential to get this aspect right. If you’re planning to keep the party alive after dark, large lanterns are a must. To create a magical space, festoon lighting or fairy lights are ideal for adding to the ambient glow.
If you have a large garden, plant solar lights to guide guests to and from your home with ease.
As the nights become longer, there’s no better excuse for a garden party! Although you may feel as though there’s a lot to plan, when you break it down into smaller manageable chunks, it’s far less daunting. By planning your food, décor and games in advance, you’re sure to host a summer party to remember.