When the weather is nice, it’s the perfect time to have a garden party! There’s something about good food and wonderful people that you just can’t beat. So, if you’re planning to have a garden party soon, you will need to work on ways to make it as great as possible. Take a look at this guide, and use it to make sure you have the best and most memorable party possible. It’s important for everyone to have a good time and the day to be a success.
Get the Garden Ready
Okay, now, you need to understand that a garden party can be a big undertaking. It’s very ambitious and you need to give yourself every chance of making it a success. And the first step on the road to success here is to get the garden ready. This means making sure it’s neat, tidy and free from clutter. It also means you need to arrange it in a way befitting of a party. There has to be plenty of space, access to seating, and entertainment. You might need to get creative depending upon the layout and shape of your garden.
No garden party would be right without having your friends there as well. So, you need to make sure you invite as many of your friends as you can. The best way to do this would be to take to something like social media, and create an event. This way you can invite multiple people all at the same time. And you don’t need to worry about having to call or message each person individually. Of course, you might have to be careful about who you choose to invite and think about how people tend to behave at parties!
Get Everyone to Chip In
The best way to throw a successful garden party these days is to make sure everyone chips in. This means putting people in charge of certain areas of the party. Have someone be responsible for the music, another for the drinks. Get some volunteers who can help with setting up, with food, and with clearing away at the end. You might also think about party etiquette when it comes to asking people to bring something with them. This could be a bottle of booze or some food that can be shared out. It makes your life easier, saves work, and gives the whole party a more collective feel.
Let’s be clear, if you’re throwing a party you absolutely need to have booze, and lots of it. The brilliant thing about parties in the summer is that you can all sit around drinking and being merry. Of course, you could do that minus the booze, but alcohol always adds that extra element to things. People seem to relax and unwind more when they’re sipping on a tasty alcoholic beverage. So, you need to make a decision about the sort of booze you’re going to get for the party. The best bets would be to stock up on wine and beer, as well as asking guests to bring their own. Spirits are also crucial, and you might consider using them to make some delicious summery cocktails on the day! Check out some great cocktail recipes and don’t be afraid to experiment with things you’ve not tried before.
What Food Will You Have?
Food is also of the utmost importance when you are throwing a party. Sure, an evening party might have slightly less food as the focus is likely to be more on drinking. But, if you’re having an all day party you have to make sure there is plenty of food. The best bet when it comes to party food is to go for a buffet style. That way people can help themselves and eat what they want. You need to make sure you get plenty of party food when you go shopping. Don’t forget the sauces and condiments either, or the egg-free mayo from Hampton Creek for the vegans! It’s important that you make sure you have stuff that caters to the needs of everyone who will be there.
Use the Kitchen as a Base
Because you’re having a garden party you want to keep the garden clear of clutter. This is the socialising area where people will hang out. That means you need to use the kitchen as the base of operations. You can keep their food, drink and entertainment in the kitchen, and things can be brought out when they are needed. It will also be the preparation zone for any concoctions you want to rustle up, thus if you need to extend and make an expansion, it is always recommended to hire renovating contractors to do the hard work. The garden might be the star of this party, but the kitchen certainly plays an important role too.
In order to have a party to remember you need to bring out the games. Sure, many people will be doing their own thing, and may not want to play. But, there will be enough people interested that you can have a great time. Now, if you’re going to play outside you might think about something like Cards Against Humanity, or drinking games. You could even move inside for a while and play video games. But, it might be best to do this when it gets darker. Having a selection of games for people to play is the perfect way of making your party memorable.
Music Makes the Party
You also need to make sure you have plenty of music for people to enjoy as well. That’s why you should create a party playlist using Spotify or iTunes. It’s essential to choose the right kind of songs for a garden party. The weather is nice and everyone is looking to have a good time, and the songs should reflect this. So it’s probably best to avoid downbeat songs and go with the up tempo numbers instead. Get someone to take charge of sorting out the perfect playlists for the party that will get everyone in the mood.
Safety is Important
Because you’re the host, you’re going to need to be responsible for safety. Of course, a garden party isn’t exactly a dangerous proposition. But, you need to understand that accidents can and do happen. And they are more likely to happen when drinking is involved. That’s why you need to take procedures to ensure the party is as safe as possible. You should probably remove anything in the garden that is a potential hazard or may cause an accident. It’s also important to set some ground rules for your guests. The last thing you want is to have to break up the party with a trip to the hospital.
Keep People Warmth
One of the things you’re going to need to think about with a garden party is warmth. Because you’re going to be outside this will need to be addressed at some point. Hopefully, you’ll be fine because if the weather is nice, it will be hot. But you need to have a contingency in place to make sure you can keep people warm if the temperature drops. The best way to do this is to use a fire or pit fire in the garden. This can be the focal point of the party, and will do a great job of keeping people warm. You should also have blankets or throws on standby as well in case people want to use them to warm up a bit.
If you have a lot of guests over for your party the chances are there will be some smokers. Now, you don’t want to segregate them too much, but you also don’t want everyone else passive smoking. That’s why you need to make a designated area of the garden into a smoking zone. Just choose a part of the garden or patio and nominate that as the smoking zone. Make sure people are aware of where this is when they arrive. You also need to make sure you supply makeshift ashtrays so you don’t have to deal with cigarette butts all over the place or it would be better to offer them an e-cigarette . A smoking zone is a nice little touch for the smokers in the group and shows you’ve thought about them.
Lastly, it’s important to make a decision about whether you’re having kids come. If they do they will only be there for the day as the parents will take them home in the evening. But, if you do choose to have children come you need to make the party child-friendly as much as possible. That means people need to behave and try to curtail the heavy drinking until later in the evening. Make sure people are aware that the kids will be leaving at some point and then the party can progress from there.
The perfect way to celebrate the threat weather and the approach of summer is to host a garden party. These are an excellent way to kick off a summer of fun and good times. You might progress onto hosting a BBQ next, but for now the garden party should be your focus. So, you need to make sure you plan out the ideal garden party. There is so much work involved and you need to plan to get everything perfect. You want to be a good host and make sure everyone has a great time. And the best way to do this is to make sure you follow this guide and use it as your garden party blueprint.
Image 1 – By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia (Garden Party) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Image 2 – Camille Styles – https://flic.kr/p/6j3g4R