Hosting a big outdoor party is what summer is all about for many people and I can’t wait to get into the garden this year. Here are 5 easy ideas to help you plan a fun outdoor party…Sunshine, food, great friends… What’s not to like about a summer garden party? Of course, you can host these events at other times of the year too, but when the evenings are longer and the weather is good, being able to get together with friends and have fun outdoors is ideal. There are few things better than chilling out on a balmy summer evening, so to make sure your parties always go off with a bang, here’s what you’re going to need:
1. A FOCAL POINT FOR THE PARTY
Having a focus for the centre of the party is a really nice idea, and it’s something that can be done in a wide variety of ways. The main point of is to have something that people can gather round while they chat, eat and relax. It might be a something like an open fire, an outdoor bar or the place where the food is being prepared.
2. PLACES TO SIT AND CHAT
You’re definitely going to need somewhere for your guests to sit during the evening as well. Parties can be tiring when you’re forced to stand up for the whole event, so be sure to put ample seating arrangements in place. Furniture hire places can help you with this if you don’t have enough seats or you can pick up old benches secondhand and paint them up with colourful garden paints. It can be as simple as a picnic blanket on the grass!
3. GREAT MUSIC
Great music is obviously an important aspect of the party; no event would be complete without it. Get a wind-up radio that you can take outdoors or ask a talented pal to strum a guitar by the fire pit. If you’re having a serious celebration and don’t mind spending a little money, you might even want to hire a DJ who can take care of all the music for the duration of the night. Or you can do it all yourself by planning a party playlist in advance if you want to; it’s entirely up to you.
4. LIGHTING FOR LONG EVENINGS
Lighting is another important factor because, even if the nights are getting longer and brighter, the sun will still eventually set on your party, which is something you’ve got to be ready for. With the right outdoor lighting, you’ll be able to illuminate your party long into the night, which is exactly the way it should be. You don’t want things to peter out as soon as it goes dark. Try low-cost citronella candles or flares to add a festival-like feeling to the party AND they keep bugs at bay.
5. CREATIVE DRINKS
Creating drinks for your evening is always a good idea. Of course, you’re going to need a range of soft drinks and beers that your guest can choose from, but why not make some cocktails for everyone too? Check out my fruity spring punch recipe if you want to make up a jug so that friends can help themselves. It’s a fun little addition to any party, and it’s perfect during the summer when you’re all outside together with friends.A good outdoor party should always be about making the evening as relaxed, fun and enjoyable for everyone as possible. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting ready for outdoor party season. Let me know your tips for hosting a fun garden party in the comments section below.