How to throw a garden party
After over a year of social restrictions, there’s one thing that everyone’s waiting for — a party!
Garden parties have always been a great way to host a summer gathering, but due to ever-changing COVID restrictions they’re set to be the go-to format for all gatherings this year.
But that’s a great excuse to get your thinking cap on!
While a bit of music, a BBQ, and a sprinkling of fairy lights is technically all you need for a fun summer bash, 2021 has a lot of making up to do — so why not make your party extra special?
Want to hear our top tips for throwing a garden party to remember? Read on. We’ll be covering everything from food, fun, and decorations, to why your conservatory might come in handy!
What food do you serve at a garden party?
Most people will agree, a party isn’t complete without some tasty food.
What should you serve? While there are a few wrong answers, there are many right ones!
Of course, you do need to acknowledge that it’s 2021, and people are likely to have wide-ranging dietary preferences. You’ll also need to contend with strict meat and dairy-free requirements as well as nut allergies.
To save your guests the stress of worrying whether you’ll be providing them with suitable food, be upfront and ask for their preferences before the day! Let them know that you’re happy to cater to their requirements. People will be keen to make suggestions or offer to bring their own dish.
Now onto the details…
Are you set on having a BBQ? Keep in mind that you’ll probably be in charge of all the cooking and it might take a while to sort everyone out with food. If you’ll be using your kitchen, there’ll be more room for guests to give you a hand if you’re comfortable with having people inside. Plus, there’s always the option to get a takeaway — which makes for a hassle and prep-free party!
Ask your friends which they’d prefer. Even if you’re torn between options, someone might have a strong opinion.
If you want to cook something yourself but need to make sure it’s going to be a crowd-pleaser, we recommend going for pizza, salad, burgers (and provide meat, vegetarian, and vegan options), and chips. These might not be the most imaginative dishes, but something easy yet tasty will give you lots of time to relax and chat with your friends — which is the most important thing!
How do you make a garden party fun?
Good question! But the answer is — it’s quite difficult to plan a fun party!
Luckily, your friends will probably be so overjoyed to spend time with other people after over a year stuck at home that your bash will be merry whether you try to make it fun or not.
This is to your advantage, as organised fun doesn’t tend to go to plan anyway! Embrace spontaneity and let your friends lead the way. Set the scene with food and a chilled ambience and let people mingle and relax.
If you’re hosting a day party, choose music to set the mood, get out your comfy seating, and stock your fridge with refreshments. Having your gathering in the evening? Provide some atmospheric lighting (such as coloured LEDs, fairy lights, or hanging lanterns) and put out some blankets in case it gets chilly.
If you’re just having a few of your closest friends round, don’t worry too much about entertainment — it might be nice to just chat the night away! If your pals are bringing their partners or other friends too it might be a good idea to have a few board games (we like Pictionary and Articulate!), word games or card games around to get the conversation going.
How can I decorate my garden for a party?
Unless you’re holding your bash to celebrate a special occasion (in which case, you can decorate away with balloons and banners), you don’t need to worry too much about decoration.
If you have children, it might be a good excuse to get crafty. Making homemade paper decorations will be an exciting activity for your kids, and they’ll love showing your friends their hard work. Stick them to your windows or conservatory (with temporary adhesive or blue tack) to make your home look colourful and festive.
If you have old garden furniture or junk cluttering up your outside space, now would be a great time to dispose of it. A clear, well-kept garden is the best decoration there is! If you were hoping to do some gardening this summer, you could do some before your party. Then everyone will be able to compliment you on your flower and vegetable beds!
But remember, everyone is coming over to see you — they won’t be judging your house and rating your party out of ten!
What do I do if it rains for my garden party?
Another good question!
As the UK social distancing restrictions are set to relax meeting inside, you should (hopefully) be able to move indoors if it starts to rain.
Still, it’s wise to schedule your bash for a sunny day. If there is an unexpected weather change, so be it! At least you tried…
If you know that your guests will want to keep it outside whatever happens, there are a few ways that you can prepare for a drizzle.
If you’ve been thinking about getting one installed, it’s a good idea to do it before the summer. Likewise, if you have an existing structure that’s not functioning properly, repair it as soon as possible.
Do I need outdoor heating for a garden party?
As you’ll be hosting your party in summer, you shouldn’t need outdoor heating during the day. Still, clear blue skies can mean chilly nights, so you should have a plan for how you’re going to keep your guests warm.
Consider investing in a few outdoor heaters. These will come in handy if you’re a frequent party host, but keep in mind that you’ll be paying for the energy usage and not just the upfront cost.
And that’s a wrap! We hope our tips have been helpful and you feel ready to get planning. Have a wonderful party!