Although the UK weather is definitely not very reliable and we've been experiencing lots of rain and clouds over the last few weeks, if you haver the opportunity there may still be time to host the ultimate summer gathering right in your own outdoor space.
A garden party embodies the essence of the season – vibrant, relaxed, and brimming with good times. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to create a memorable summer party that your friends and family will talk about long after the last firefly fades.
So, dust off your picnic blankets, fire up the BBQ, and let's get started on crafting the perfect garden party!
- Pick an Occasion or a Theme
Whether you've got a summer birthday in your family or want to make the most of a special occasion or bank holiday, an occasion or a theme is a great place to start when it comes to party planning. With a focus in mind, this will help you plan everything - from decorations to menu, and entertainment.
Let everyone know what's happening and when! Whether you choose to make traditional paper invites for an extra special occasion or just send a quick text in a Whatsapp groupup, spread the word and let people know if you need them to bring anything with them or if you'll be providing all things party related.
- Decor that Speaks Summer
Transform your garden by embracing summer-inspired decor. Think vibrant tablecloths, colourful bunting, lanterns, and floral centerpieces that infuse a lively and festive atmosphere.
- Food Glorious Food
Craft a menu that caters to various tastes and preferences. From getting the BBQ out of the garage to simple salads, offer a mix of dishes that celebrate the occasion well. Don't forget lots of drinks to keep everyone hydrated!
- Seating and Comfort
Ensure there's ample seating for your guests to relax and enjoy the celebrations. Create cozy seating areas with cushions and throw blankets, and set up picnic tables for a casual yet inviting dining experience.
- Entertainment for All Ages
Plan activities that cater to all age groups. Simple games are always a crowd pleaser and for the kids, consider setting up a crafting station or organising a outdoor treasure hunt to keep them entertained.
- Mood Music
Set the right ambiance with a playlist that compliments the mood of your party. If it's a big party, you could ask guests to add their suggestions to a central playlist so there's something for everyone!
- Sunset Bonfire or Movie Night?
As the day winds down and if your space allows, could you offer a special focus in the form of a firepit or an outdoor movie screening?
- Bug-Free Bliss
Last but not least, make sure your guests are comfortable by providing mosquito repellents or citronella candles to keep those pesky insects at bay.
With the right blend of planning, creativity, and attention to detail, you can create an event that brings together friends and family in a celebration of warmth, laughter, and the joys of summer.
If you need to get your outdoor space ready for entertaining this summer, we have a huge range of paving and garden products available to purchase online.
From decorate aggregates that will make a big impression with minimal effort, to paving options that might require some extra thought, we have everything you need to make the most of the summer months.
So, let the sun be your guide, the garden your backdrop, and your spirit of hospitality the heart of an unforgettable summer party.