Guest Post By Krysta Jackson
As we approach the summer months, more and more of us will be hosting events in the summer sunshine, and one of the most popular of these is a garden party. A garden party is an ideal way to entertain your friends, family and even work colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere and whatever the reason for the get together there’s plenty of ways to make sure your party is one with a difference. From mobile bar hire to barbershop quartets, why not wow your guests with these great tips?
An important factor of a garden party is food. The style of your garden party decides what food you will provide. The summer months scream out BBQ, and it’s a favourite for everyone, thinking outside of the traditional BBQ and beer will ensure your party is more memorable. Why not considering hiring in a hog roast, curry buffet or afternoon tea style buffet – after all, everyone gets bored of burgers at some point!
Decorations set the tone of any event and just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can let the side down on the decoration front. Your garden may already have natures little decorations such a flowers, but adding cool fun accessories such as picnic blankets, hay bales or inflatables for seating will add a practical yet fun element. Don’t forget that the sun may go down before your guests leave so providing outdoor lighting is a must. Fairy lights, candles and lanterns offer the ideal light on a warm summer evening meaning your garden party can continue long into the night.
What you offer to drink is the most important aspect of any party. Making sure you have enough alcohol and soft drinks can make or break an event – keeping everyone happy by ensuring you have a selection of what everyone likes is another added stress. Hiring a mobile bar is a great way of holding a garden party with a difference, and leaving the job to someone else means you can thoroughly enjoy your time being the host without having to worry about fetching and serving drinks to those you hold dear. Having a personal bartender will take care of all your visitors’ needs and their individual cocktail making skills will leave your guests wowed and wanting more. What better way to have everyone talking about your party! Or by all means, if you want to play hostess feel free to take on the challenge of an unmanned bar – can you shake a cocktail like the professionals?
Music is essential to a great party, and garden parties are no different. However, it doesn’t have to be an iPod playlist that provides the background to your garden party. Why not consider a barbershop quartet, a harpist, a live band or even a string quartet? The only limit is your imagination. If you’re concerned about appealing to the masses, then a jukebox that guests can use to choose the music could be just the ticket!
The Little Things
Whether your garden party is for a handful of family and friends or more formal such as a wedding reception, your guests will always appreciate the little things. Providing blankets or patio heaters for when the temperature drops is something that can really help. After all, you want your party to be an event no one wants to leave, and providing warmth will certainly make things more comfortable. In addition, you may want to consider providing toilet facilities to the masses, getting rid of the need for long bathroom queues and frustrated guests. Portable toilets don’t have to be ugly things, they can be practical, comfortable and save people traipsing through your building.
Taking all this into account means you’ve really considered what would impress your guests and they’re sure to appreciate your efforts!