With the arrival of Summer we can finally start to take our celebrations outside! When the sun is shining a Summer garden party is a must, here are a few of our essentials for getting the party started…
A theme makes planning more fun and means you have something to base your party look around. A tropical theme is easy to style and is guaranteed to get your guests in fiesta-mode. Go for lots of colour and exciting patterns with a tropical/Hawaiian vibe. Think bright citrus colours, an abundance of flamingos (you can never have too many flamingos), tropical fruits and palm leaves!
Our tropical fiesta plates and napkins are a great place to start with their contrasted palm tree print, mix and match with different shapes and textures like metallic gold pineapple plates or colourful watermelon napkins to add more interest to your party table. Finish off your look with quirky accessories like coconut cups and flamingo drink stirrers, it’s the little details your guests will notice and they’ll bring the theme together.
Cocktails & Mocktails
Create a refreshing display of cocktails & mocktails in glass drinks dispensers for your guests to help themselves to. Pimms is probably a great place to start being iconic of Summer, then you could try things like Mojitos and sparkling elderflower cocktails for the non-drinkers! Why not get your guests to vote on a selection of cocktails before the party to help you decide, you could add a tick box section on your party invites to be super-organised!
Festoon lighting is so popular right now and perfect for summer evenings. It creates a warm glow for a cosy, relaxed atmosphere as your party is winding down. Create a little seating area for the evening with the lights strung above and a selection of blankets if things get a little chilly!
Not surprisingly people love the down-pour of sweets and treats that come with a piñata, so they really are a must! Choose something bright and summery for your garden party like this chilled-out sun wearing sunglasses! So it doesn’t look out of place, decorate the area around your piñata with colourful pieces like honeycombs and rainbow flag bunting.
Make your party photos match your theme with this vibrant Flamingo Fun photo booth kit! You could set up a little corner of your garden to be the photo corner – get a large frame (with no glass inside obviously) to act as the frame for your guests to fit behind then either supply disposable cameras or get a polaroid camera for your guests to use. Provide plenty of themed props to create fun memories to look back on!
No garden party is complete without a delicious menu! A barbecue creates a relaxed Summer vibe with a couple of people doing the BBQing and the opportunity for guests to contribute different salads and side dishes. A couple of great options for dishes are jerk chicken and a light freekeh salad which will add a dash of colour to your table.