Summer is finally here and what better way to celebrate than to have your own personal Coachella all from the comfort of your own garden! There is no need to hire an event planner to make this a party to remember, with these 10 top tips you will be the perfect host all while making it look effortless, leaving you plenty time to focus on enjoying a cool cocktail with your friends.
Planning your perfect Summer Garden Party – Ten Things to Make your Party Complete
1 Have a theme
Turn your garden into festival, create a Navajo-inspired space or perhaps take your influences from your favourite book or TV show. Customise your invites to suit the theme and have a few Polaroid cameras on hand to capture your guests in costume. You can give personalised photos out at the end of the night as a memento.
2 Make your own hipster cocktails
Whether you favour a gin or are more of a prosecco person, customising your drinks menu is a great way to add some class and impress your friends with your mixology skills. There are so many great combinations to choose from; gin and elderflower, passion-fruit juice and vodka or even a cheeky sangria. Serving these tasty treats in mason jars topped with sprigs of rosemary is sure to be a hit with your guests.
3 Get fancy with your H2O
The perfect way to cool down but with a twist. A great way to add a hint of flavour to water is to infuse your ice cubes with botanicals, herbs and even berries. Do this a few days in advance of your party to ensure you will have lots to go around. This simple trick not only keeps your water cool but it looks amazing. Water has never been so chic.
4 Create the perfect mixtape
No party would be complete without the right music to accompany it. Get creative and make your own playlist online and set the mood. Control the tracklist and volume from your phone and play through wireless speakers – Easy! Once you have curated the soundtrack to your summer, you can share it online with your friends after the party.
5 Turn your garden shed into a DJ booth.
You have been listening to your playlist for hours and the sun is going down, now is the perfect time to get the decks and spin some party classics. Whether your shed is big or small, customising this space should be easy and if you don’t have a shed then now is the time to invest. They are many affordable options in a range of sizes and styles from Buy Sheds Direct who have a summer sale on currently, the only problem you should have is your friends fighting over who gets to DJ.
6 Have a diverse menu
Summer is the perfect time to get out the barbeque and make some of those well-loved burgers and hot dogs. However, it is also the perfect time to experiment with some twists on the classics. Why not try a melted cheese and steak baguette? Or perhaps a tasty summer salad packed full of ripe avocados and nuts – a great alternative to a meaty treat. Just make sure that you have plenty of snacks on hand for the kids to help themselves!
7 Create the right atmosphere
Whatever theme you have chosen, ensure your garden looks the part. If you have chosen a Native American inspired look, deck out the garden with teepees for that glamping feel. Add candles for a subtle summer scent and once the evening sets in, turn on the fairy lights for a cosy chill-out session.
8 Outdoor bath
This quirky addition will add a hipster twist to the event. Find a nice shady spot in the garden perhaps near the shed and make sure you have plenty ice on hand to fill it with and you have the perfect place to chill your beer – encourage your guests to bring a bottle to add to the bath to ensure that the drinks continue to flow all night long.
The party is in full-swing, now comes the entertainment. Outdoor games for all ages are the perfect way to get everyone involved and building up an appetite. Why not try lawn twister by spray painting patches on the grass? Or perhaps try giant Jenga, the perfect way to entertain the kids.
10 Don’t forget to send the invites!
Design your own paperless post invites online and make sure they tie in with your parties theme. There are lots of great websites that will allow you to design your own cards or customise one of theirs. Once you are done you can email them out to your guests well in advance – just make sure that they remember to RSVP!
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