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7 tips for throwing a summer garden party

With summer finally here, now’s the perfect time to make the most of the glorious weather and lighter evenings with a garden party! The best thing about outdoor parties is that you only need a bit of good weather, a few friends or family, an outdoor space – and you’re away.It doesn’t matter if your garden’s on the smaller side either because we’ve got plenty of ideas to make the most of every space! Here’s our top tips to help you plan your next summer bash in style.

  • Rochelle - copywriter
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7 tips for throwing a summer garden party

1. Decide on a theme

You might decide that a theme’s not for you or you don’t have much time on your hands. However, if you’re planning on setting a style for your outdoor party, here’s a few ideas we love:

Why not bring the festival vibes to your back garden? Decorate the garden with bunting and balloons before deciding on a playlist for the event. If there are kids coming you could even set up a tent for that authentic experience! Bring out the BBQ and it can serve as a burger van in your own back yard too!

Why not settle on a sports theme? Choose a variety of outdoor games such as egg and spoon, sack race, rounders and a 3-legged race – it’s guaranteed to get everyone involved! And when things get a bit hot and sweaty, have a paddling pool to hand to cool things down.

Banish boring drinks with a cocktail party! Make sure you’re not the one stood serving them all day by setting up a drinks station with a drinks canister, some chopped fruit and a set of stylish glasses. The kids could even get involved by putting together their own mocktail menu.

If you’re into a laidback vibe then a boho theme would be perfect! Set the scene by draping outdoor lights and artificial flowers around seating areas. The colour choice is all yours – it could be pretty pastels or daring neons!

With everyone flocking to the coast for a staycation this year, why not avoid the crowds and bring the beach to your own back garden instead? This is a really easy theme to create, simply fill one paddling pool with sand and one paddling pool with water, add buckets and spades and voila – a ready made coastline! Serve ice creams to family and friends and everyone will think they’re on holiday.

2. Add some outdoor lighting

If you’re planning on partying long after the sun has set you’ll need plenty of outdoor lighting. Decorative lights are great for adding atmosphere whilst also doubling up as pretty garden party decorations.

Solar lights or string lights look lovely when draped along trellises or fencing. If you’ve chosen a festival theme, music-controlled lights would be a perfect addition.

You can even create stunning effects simply by placing tealights in jam jars and dotting them around your garden. Lanterns with candles look amazing too, as does lighting an outdoor path from the house or front gate to the party.


3. Set the table in style

All that tasty food needs to be served on something and picnicware is the perfect solution. Ditch the disposables and opt for stylish picnicware that’s easy to clean and re-use. Our eco-friendly bamboo tableware ticks all the boxes and looks great too! A sturdy plastic tray will also come in handy to save multiple trips back and forth to the kitchen!

Give the table a mini makeover too. It doesn’t have to be fancy or lots of effort. Take some flower cuttings from the garden and pop them in a mason jar for a simple centrepiece. You could even get the kids to create name cards for guests if they love to get creative.


4. Fire up the BBQ

Every garden party needs food, and a good old-fashioned BBQ is the perfect way to keep everyone happy.

Here’s a few of our favourite BBQ tips:

Don’t cook it cold - Remove your meat from the fridge before you prepare your BBQ. It’ll make the meat easier to cook all the way through without burning the surface.

Fire up the flavour - Marinate all your meat the night before cooking for a much better taste.

Be food safe - Always keep cooked meat and uncooked meat separate.

The evenings can still be chilly in the summer so when the heat from the BBQ has gone, keep everyone warm and toasty with a fire pit or chiminea.


5. Be prepared for the Great British weather

No matter how hot it is outside, in Britain there’s always a chance of rain! Whatever the weather, a parasol or gazebo is a great way of keeping guests sheltered from the sun AND rain.

If you are expecting plenty of sunshine though, it’s always handy to have a bottle of suncream ready (because there’s always that one person who burns easily!). wilko suncream is available right up to SPF50+, making it perfect for protecting little one’s skin. It has a 5* UVA rating too for added peace of mind – that’s a little win!

6. Save a seat for everyone

If you’re having a small get-together, you might get away with a small bistro set and a few chairs, but for larger groups it makes sense to have a bigger table and plenty of seating – our outdoor furniture range includes sets which will comfortably seat up to 6 guests with single chairs also available.

Don’t worry if there’s still not enough seats though, you could always lay a few picnic rugs, cushions and throws on the grass and create a comfy ‘chill-out area’.

7. Don’t forget the finishing touches

Now we’ve covered the essentials, don’t forget the little things that can make a garden party really special. If you’ve got kids coming to your gathering, outdoor toys are a must to keep boredom at bay. Not only will the kids love playing garden games, but the adults are guaranteed to join in too! A skittles or swing tennis set make great outdoor party games for kids and adults alike. If the weather’s especially hot, give the kids somewhere to cool off with a paddling pool. If you haven’t got a lot of outdoor space, opt for a smaller ring pool and plenty of water toys.

Now you know how to throw a garden party and you’re set to host! All that’s left to do is keep your fingers crossed for good weather! You can shop our full range of outdoor living online. Share with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest