Garden Parties became famous from the English Royal Family and have since become a regular part of any summer. So while you’re planning who to invite, here are some ideas for what you can do.
What do the Royals do?
After entering the garden to the British National Anthem, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will circle the garden greeting guests and then make their way to a Royal tea tent, the guests have separate tents and the party will go through twenty thousand sandwiches and twenty thousand cups of tea.
Well you might not want to make thousands of sandwiches but here are some other ideas to make sure your garden party is one which brings people back year on year.
The easiest thing to do to plan your Garden Party, is firstly decide who to invite; if you want to create a larger party then try inviting people through a facebook group, this way you can decide who to invite and decide whether they can invite their friends or not.
Next start planning your menu, the great thing about early planning and using an open forum is that you can get ideas from your guests before they arrive.
One week before
One week before you should have a general idea of numbers so start planning what equipment you will need, do you have enough garden furniture, are you going to need a Gazebo? Check the weather forecast for the next seven days to give you an idea of what you might be expecting.
How to make a difference
Presentation is always key, it’s often the little things that make the difference so adding something as simple as a small flower and a bright coloured napkin to each plate is always a good start.
When setting your table outside, use a table cover and add items such as a fruit bowel and other fresh fruit to add color to the eating area. Buy a few bags of ice and empty them into a large bucket, that’s a great place to put bottle of beer and keep people outside in the garden.
If your serving any food that requires more than your hand make sure you have given your guests the right tools to eat, so set out any silverware up outside it gives you control of what is being used and make tidying up far easier.
Making things extra special
If you really want to make an impression here are some ideas to make your garden party the talk of the town.
- Send Invitations – It’s a nice thought and makes sure everyone know the time and place.
- Party Favours – Similar to a wedding, giving everyone a small gift to takeaway is a great idea.
- Decoration – Some royal butting will give an extra flair to the party.
- Games & Activities – Once everyone has had a few drinks, get out some games it promises to lift spirits and keep everyone entertained.
Enjoy your party and the summer.
Andrew Taylor is an avid garden enthusiast who works for Alfresia Garden Cushions. He writes for a number of blogs and other gardening publications.