Garden parties at the height of summer are truly idyllic. Spending time amongst friends and family in the garden is the best way to spend a long summer day. Planning the perfect party isn’t always easy, though, and there are lots of different factors to take into account.
#1 Consider a gazebo
It might not seem like you need cover for your garden party, but any event benefits from having a large gazebo. Not only do these provide a focal point for guests, but they have more practical benefits too. On a hot day, a gazebo offers shade. If the weather takes a turn for the worse and it starts to rain, you’ll be able to find ample shelter. Better still, gazebos open up a range of other potential activities. You could bring in a DJ and make your own dance floor or lay out chairs and transform the inside of the gazebo into a dining area. Having this kind of private space is a fantastic way to make the party feel more exclusive.
#2 Think about the bar
Drinks are a big part of any garden party. Cocktails, beers and mocktails will keep your guests happy, but it isn’t always practical to pour and serve those drinks yourself. Instead, consider hiring mobile bartenders. These will attend your event and take all the responsibilities of the bar off your hands. They’ll measure drinks, mix cocktails and serve your guests, all the while giving the party a classy, high-end feel. Bringing in bar staff is also a money saving endeavor as they’ll pour drinks to official measures rather than handing them out at will! You’ll often find that the bar bill is substantially lower when drinks have been poured professionally.
#3 Decorate your garden
No matter how beautiful your garden is, it’s always a good idea to decorate it with a party in mind. Decorations like hanging lights, tea lights and bunting make all the difference and help to foster a jovial atmosphere. Better still, decide on a theme and decorate your garden accordingly. There are plenty of different themes to choose from including classics like the Roaring ’20s and more creative travel themed parties. Whatever you go for, decorating your garden distinguishes the party from the rest and ensures that it will live long in the memory of those attending.
#4 Don’t forget the heating
Even summer nights can get chilly when the sun goes down, so some form of outdoor heating is essential. This can be as simple as a wood burner or fire pit, which would also make for an attractive centerpiece. Electrical heaters are capable of much more power and coverage so they’re an excellent solution if you plan to invite a lot of guests. Using an electric heater inside a gazebo and fire pits outside helps to divide your party into zones and build ambience. If it’s late summer, it’s also useful to have a few blankets on hand!