As the weather starts to become warmer and the days become longer, there’s a good chance that you’ll start to spend more time outdoors. If you’re one of those people who enjoy entertaining and hosting at home, the change in weather can be the perfect opportunity to hold a marquee garden party. Not only will this give you the chance to invite all of your friends and family around at once (garden space permitting of course), it’ll also allow you to continue the party past the small hours of the morning. And a little indulge in barbecued food never did anyone any harm, either. So if this idea sounds appealing to you, follow these tips on how to organise a marquee garden party.
For any marquee garden party the first consideration should be the marquee. Also, where is it going to sit?
If you feel your garden may be too small or inconvenient for such a thing, then get in touch. Here at Crystal Marquee hire we offer bespoke solutions starting from 6m x 6m and we are sure you’ll be impressed with our in-house expertise.
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Set a date
Try to choose a time in the middle of summer to give you a better chance of securing good weather for the day. Of course, by putting up a marquee in your back garden, your party might not be a total washout if it does still decide to rain. Bear in mind that you should have a back-up plan in case the weather turns sour.
Send out the invites
There’s no need to be super formal with the invitations – you could send round an SMS or set up a Facebook event, rather than sending out handwritten invites. Bear in mind the size of your garden when compiling your guest list though – there should still be enough space for guests to mingle with each other, without your garden feeling empty.
Dust down your garden furniture
Depending on the number of guests, you may not be able to provide a picnic table for all. However, buying enough foldaway chairs for people to sit on will go down a storm, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. What’s more, they’ll be easier to store once your party is over. You could also consider buying some large picnic rugs and laying them out on the grass, just in case it’s still a little damp from previous rainfall. We also hire tables and chairs to make life easier.
Plan your menu
A barbecue is the obvious choice for a garden party. It needn’t cost you a lot – perhaps stipulate when you invite people that you’ll provide the meat if they can bring along some crisps, bread buns and something to drink. Between you, you’ll probably have enough food to feed the five thousand – well, almost. The great thing about a barbecue is that it gets people in the mood for summer. And because it’s not eaten all year around in the UK, it’s bound to be popular with your guests.
Save on the washing up
The last thing you want after everyone’s gone home is to be faced with a mountain of washing up. Instead, it’ll be far less time consuming, and probably just as cheap, to invest in disposable paper plates and plastic cups and cutlery. Don’t forget to buy the paper napkins so your guests can wipe their hands and mouths once they’ve finished eating – after all, barbecued food can get a little messy.
We hope you find the above tips for a Marquee Garden Party helpful? If you need more information or some guidance on picking the right type of marquee, then get in touch today!