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So, you are thinking of hosting a party outdoors? But do you know where to begin, and what to do to make sure your your event goes off with a bang? If not, then keep reading for a simple guide to ensure you will have the most gorgeous of garden parties, and all of your guests have the best time.
Getting the garden ready
Before you start sending out invites for your bash, you need to check that the garden is in a good enough state. For example, it may be that it needs a little weeding, clearing up, or replanting.
Or, you may need to attend to structural issues such as fencing or the patio. Remember not only do you want your garden to looks its absolute best if you are entertaining, but you want it to be safe for your guests as well.
Planning the food
The next thing that you need to consider is the food that you will be offering for your garden party. Now a lot of this depends on the tone of the party itself. A child’s birthday party may have a focus on more fun foods like cake, crisps, and sandwiches. Where as it might be better to provide a simple BBQ for a mixed age group of guests. To ensure there is something that everyone likes.
Of course, you can go even further with the food as well, and have in match in with the theme you are setting for you event. For example an English style afternoon tea can work well for an anniversary, or wedding celebration. Or you can try hot hors devours brought out at regular intervals, or a buffet for an open house.
Now, most folks forget to include some entertainment in their parties as they think providing food and drink is enough. But be careful of this as guests can get bored quickly.
Entertainment can also help break the ice between different groups of guests. Which makes it perfect if you are inviting both sides of the family, or disparate groups that have never met before.
But what sort of entertainment is apt for a garden party? Well obviously outdoor entertainment is the best. So think about team games for children and teenagers such as basketball. Or, for the very young ones why not organise a fun water balloon fight? Just make sure it’s a sunny day!
For adults, giant outdoor games like chess and Jenga are popular. Or you can try lawn croquet if you are going for something a little classier.
But, if all of that sounds about too chaotic and energetic, why not set up a projector screen? Then you can play movies that would suit your party’s theme, to keep everyone amused.
The second aspect is making sure that they are appropriate for everyone. That means having a non alcoholic options for the non-drinkers and the kids. Remember though you want this to be just as delicious as the alcoholic one. So to help you out, you can get some nice recipes here.