As we finally head into summer, many people are starting to think about hosting outdoor parties when the weather improves. Although we had some fantastic weather in the UK just before Easter, the Bank Holiday weekend itself was a little disappointing this year in comparison, so most of us are still waiting for the first proper garden party of 2017.
If you fancy doing this yourself, there are a few things to consider…
Accounting for the weather
Realistically this has to be one of the main things you consider. Although it’s usually possible to judge a week or even a fortnight in advance when the weather is due to be good, you never know for sure when you live in the UK. A good solution might be to have some kind of covering erected outside, or in the worst case scenario, let guests come back inside to avoid the rain for a while.
Setting up outside
One great way of keeping the weather at bay is to have a marquee or some other kind of outdoor shelter set up. This also gives you a good place to put your catering equipment, set up a bar or keep the entertainment system somewhere safe. Decide what kind of furniture you will need, including tables and chairs, and make sure these can be positioned appropriately.
Providing food and drink
If you want a more high-end party, you might decide to provide all of the refreshments yourself or even hire a catering company to do it for you. However, many less formal events will rely on people brining their own drinks at least. Sometimes for barbecues it can be good for people to contribute some food too, especially if they have any special requirements. This can make the whole affair more relaxed and fun, but it;s up to you. Just make sure you communicate this decision with your guests.
Creating an atmosphere
If you’re lucky enough to get some great weather on the day of your garden party, this will really help to create a pleasant atmosphere for all of your guests. However, some pre-planning can always help things to run more smoothly. Once everyone arrives, what’s going to keep them entertained? Decorations are great for initial impressions, but you also need to consider the length of the event and how to plan the time.