It seems that the summer months come with every sort of party imaginable but when you’re looking to make a big splash with a summer event, a garden party is right up there. As it can be a unique event, but also one with a bit of style, it takes a certain amount of finesse for it to go off without a hitch. What do you need to think about if you are planning a garden party that’s not just suitable for the summer and the people, but also creates an abundance of great memories?
Get The Garden Ready
It’s all about that foundation. There is no point in lavishly decorating the space if there are overgrown weeds, patchy grass, and a very musky smell emanating from somewhere! If you are stuck for time at the very least you need to mow the lawn and reseed it. It’s important to do it now, so the grass is able to grow. Because a garden party is weather dependent, you may also want to think about a contingency plan should it start to rain on the day. You could get a marquee, but before all of this, the garden has to emanate some sort of style.
Picking Your Furniture
There’s plenty of garden furniture to go around. But if you are looking for something a bit more stylish or you want to communicate a specific aesthetic, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can purchase various seating styles if you don’t have much money, and you can add cushions, as well as throws and various colours for it to communicate a rustic aesthetic. Wooden patio furniture is sleek and partially stylish, but you can also dress it up in the way you want. On the other hand, there are plenty of parasols and flowery prints to go around if you’re trying to push that more relaxed garden party vibe.
Think Of The Guests, Not Yourself
As lovely as it is to have salmon hors d’oeuvres, if you’ve got a few vegans turning up, you don’t want them to feel left out. It’s your party, but if you’ve got unhappy guests that aren’t adequately fed, this will sap the party of its liveliness. Think of those little things, like dietary requirements, that don’t factor in for most of us. But there are one or two people that have food issues may end up sitting in the corner not socialising because of something as simple as this.
Set Up The Lighting
This can create a very special atmosphere. Candles will work wonders when the daytime turns into dusk, and if you want the party to go long into the night, you can set up a few tea lights, and perhaps even those leftover Christmas tree lights! It’s a very cheap way to add a lot of character and colour to something that would be a very dark space normally.
This is the start. If you want to create some lovely memories of what will hopefully be a beautiful summer, you may want to completely shun the idea of a barbecue and go for something a bit more demure.