How to host a garden party

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This summer has been very good to us and the number of BBQs we’ve had has already reached double digits. But we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to it yet. Garden parties and BBQs don’t have to be limited to the summer, so here’s how to host one when the weather is dry.

  1. Start with the most important part

It won’t be a successful garden party if you don’t have any food and drink. Decide how formal you want your garden party to be and this will provide you with inspiration for creating the menu. Will you have a sit-down meal? A finger buffet? Or canapes?

As for drinks, you’ll need to cater for everyone, so don’t just buy alcohol!

  1. Tidy up your garden

You don’t want to host a garden party if your garden is looking a little bit shabby. So, dust off the lawnmower, grab a tin of wood treatment or garden paint and start sprucing up your patch.

  1. Prepare for all weather

Even during warm spells, being British means we should always be prepared for rain! Plan B will mean your party isn’t a wash out so make sure you have an emergency gazebo on hand (or enough indoor space!) to escape to if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

If you’re choosing to host a garden party on a crisp autumnal evening, make sure you supply plenty of blankets or even consider buying a fire pit or chimenea for some heat. You should also start your party earlier to ensure you make the most of the sunshine.

  1. Create an atmosphere

Once you’ve taken care of the practical side of things, you can focus on decorating. The easiest way to tackle this is to consider how much space you have in your garden. If your garden is large, create little pockets your guests can relax in. Some chairs, cushions and blankets will help in the cooler months too.

For smaller gardens, create a single focal point all your guests can gather around. A dining table is the obvious choice and you can decorate this to reflect the season. If you’re hosting an autumnal party, your focal point could be a source of heat too.

All that’s left for you to do now, is invite your friends and family and cross your fingers for dry weather.



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