Planning the Perfect Garden Party

6 top tips for your summer event

Summer is the perfect time of year for a garden party and our top tips will help you to organise a great event that your guests are sure to enjoy.


With warmer temperatures and lighter nights, summer is the perfect time of year to throw a garden party for your friends and family. Here are our top tips to help ensure your al-fresco event is a roaring success.


The first thing to consider is where you will hold your event. If your garden is large enough, great – but if you’re a bit short on outside space you might want to consider hiring a local sports field such as a rugby or cricket pitch.  This can be a good option as there will often be facilities such as toilets or a bar on hand, just be sure to check the licensing requirements and restrictions.

Food and drink

Food is an important part of any party so make this one of your priorities when you start planning your event.  A BBQ is the perfect choice for a summer get together, as long as you opt for quality meats and delicious sides. Alternatively, you could treat your guests to a traditional summer picnic with a selection of sandwiches, salads, and savoury and sweet treats. You could even reduce your workload by asking each guest to bring a dish. As for drinks, refresh your guests with summer favourites such as Pimm’s or sangria, or create a signature cocktail specifically for the party.


Entertainment is a key element of a great party. So, as well as making a playlist of great tunes, why not up the fun factor by putting on a variety of party games such as giant Jenga, croquet or even a limbo competition if you’re feeling flexible! If you have the space, a bouncy castle could also be a great addition to your party. And they’re not just for kids; this Essex bouncy castle hire company stock inflatables that are made specifically for adults, so nobody has to miss out on the fun.


The party doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Keep your guests partying long into the night with atmospheric lighting; solar powered lights, fairylight garlands, and coloured garden lanterns will all help to add a bit of extra sparkle to your outdoor event. The addition of citronella candles will also help to keep any irritating bugs at bay.

Furniture and décor

Parties are all about relaxing and having fun so make sure there is plenty of seating available for your guests. If you’re a bit low on garden furniture and don’t want to buy any more just for the party, alternative seating options such as bean bags, large cushions, picnic blankets, wooden pallets, or even hay bales borrowed from your local farmer can all work really well. When it comes to decorations, items such as cute wooden signs, colourful bunting and mason jars filled with candles or flowers can all help to add a touch of fun and colour to your event.

Plan B

The British weather is notoriously unreliable, and sunshine can’t be guaranteed, so with this in mind it makes sense to have a contingency plan in place in case of any inclement weather conditions. Set up shelters or gazebos to protect your guests from any rain showers and provide warm blankets and throws to keep off the worst of the evening chill. If the weather is really bad you may have to move inside, so make sure you have appropriate space available should you need it.

Planning a summer garden party needn’t be stressful. With careful planning, good food and quality entertainment your guests are sure to have a great time, whatever the weather.

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