If you’re thinking of hosting a party, you might not need to look as far as you might think. Your back garden might just offer the perfect space for your next soiree. You can it into a party playground with our garden party celebration tips.
Decide on a theme
Like any good event, your garden party needs a theme. Are you going to draw inspiration from your garden for your décor or choose to tackle a more extravagant theme? If you’re looking for some inspiration, be sure to check apps like Pinterest or Instagram to spark your creativity.
Sort the seating
Seating options outdoors can be a challenge, but also offer the opportunity to really flex your creative muscle. From low level tables with scatter cushions, to hay bale benches, or if you’ve got firm enough ground, full on tables and chairs, you can create dedicated seating areas for all your guests all that fit your theme. Consider creating some shaded areas if the weather is going to be hot, some draped fabric or a tepee tent can be great options to escape the heat.
Light it up
As dusk sets in you can’t beat fairy lights to transform a space and bring the party vibes to your bash. The right lighting can bring a whole new atmosphere to your event when the sun goes down. Solar lights are a great alternative if you’re struggling for power outside and won’t leave a mess of cables to stop anyone tripping up. Candles lining paths are also really effective and mark out pathways when the night sets in.
A bar can make a great centrepiece for your celebration. You can hire a ready built bar or make your own – a tiki style bar makes for great Instagram snaps. A keg with a font always goes down well and guests can simply refill when they want, while well-positioned ice buckets make great outdoor fridges. If you really want to bring a bit of extra flair, add a cocktail menu to your set up and get practicing your mixologist skills.
Bring the flavour
If you fancy yourself as a regular Mary Berry you could cater the event yourself, or if cooking is not really your thing, bring in the professionals to take the pressure off. Don’t forget to ask about dietary requirements to ensure everyone is catered for. You could even hire an ice cream trike or similar for added wow factor when it comes to desserts.
Keep your guests entertained
You can grab some traditional garden party games, rent a table tennis table or just let your guests soak up the atmosphere. To set the mood, grab a speaker and create your own playlist, or go all out with some live entertainment. Bring the Ibiza vibes with a saxophone player or keep things relaxed with an acoustic guitarist, or for a more formal affair a string quartet can bring the classical harmonies. Ask for recommendations on social media and you’ll uncover tried and tested performers from your network.