Your Summer Party Is Incomplete Without…
Although we may still be in the dregs of winter, many of us are looking forward to the spring and summer when we can get outside and start enjoying our gardens again. Summer is the ultimate time to host the perfect party. You have the weather on your side, people tend to have holiday time, and it’s just a natural time of year to relax and unwind.
If you want to get ahead with the party preparations, and you want to be sure it’s one your guests remember, then you’re going to want to check out these tips and ideas that will make it a huge success.
Carefully Planned Food and Beverages
One of the main things that people notice about a party or gathering is the food and beverage that is offered. Just think about the last party you went to. While you may not be able to remember the décor and the guest list, chances are high you remember what you ate and drank. What this means is that you’ve got the opportunity to really shine by offering tasty and unique items.
If you’re hosting a garden party, you’ll want to keep the weather in mind. Pick items that can tolerate the heat, and are also light and refreshing. When people are feeling warm, they don’t tend to want a big heavy dish. Instead, a fun barbecue or some light fruit snacks is more than enough. These champagne ice lollies worked very well at a party last summer!
Another tip when it comes to food and beverages is to do as much as you can in advance. Food prep and organising in advance will help make things smooth on the day of the party. You can also invest in a VonShef minifridge so that guests can help themselves to cold drinks and foods on the day of the event. In a VonShef minifridge there is also an ice making compartment, (which you can only normally find in a full sized fridge), so guests can keep their drinks cool.
Provide Plenty of Seating Options
When it comes to parties, it doesn’t matter if you are hosting one indoors or outdoors, you’re going to want to make sure you provide plenty of seating options for your guests. While there will always be that group of guests that stands and socialises with one group to the next, there are others who prefer to sit. If you are serving food, there should be enough seats for everyone to sit down all at once.
Absolutely no party is complete without a little décor to set the tone and atmosphere. Obviously, you’ll want to pick décor that relates to the theme or purpose of the party, and work from there. Because décor can get pretty expensive, you may want to pick a few really unique and fun pieces as the focal point.
No summer garden party is complete without at least a few garden games or a bouncy castle. It gives guests a chance to socialise with one another while having fun. Great ideas for garden games include horseshoes, a bean bag toss, and croquet. They don’t have to come across as formal and overly organised, instead just leave the equipment out and make it clear that guests are encouraged to enjoy themselves with it.
Now, if you have a particularly adventurous group of people coming to the party, you may want to include a water-based activity. Slip-and-slides are always great fun for adults and kids alike, as are water balloons.
Experts suggest picking garden games that allow between two and 10 people at a time to play. If you’ve got a large guest list, then you’ll want to offer a variety of games so that you’ve always got enough availability.
You’re Ready for the Party
By following these really simple tips you’re sure to put together a party that is the talk of your friends, and will set the bar for all other parties to come.
This is a collaborative post.