Summer is the perfect time to entertain friends, and when the weather allows, a garden party can be one of your best options. The great news here is that with a little planning and preparation, it can also be remarkably easy to pull off. Here’s how to host a summer garden party that will be remembered for all the right reasons.
Choose a theme Choosing a theme for your garden party is an excellent idea, mainly because it adds focus and makes the rest of your planning much, much easier. If you chose a Spanish theme, for example, you may decide to serve tapas and sangria, and play a soundtrack of popular Spanish music. Themes can also be a lot of fun, and are bound to be a hit with your guests. Send out your invitations in advance garden party should be treated like any other social event, so make sure that you send out your invitations well in advance. Collecting RSVPs will make it a lot easier when it comes to working out how much food you should make and how much space you’ll have to make available.
Carefully plan your menu Preparing too much food is a mistake that many hosts make, and it leads to unnecessary waste. Work out exactly how many people will be attending, and go from there. As you’ll probably be working on a buffet basis, you should aim to have around 2-3 main items per guest, plus some fillers such as salads and nibbles. If you do have anything left over, invite your guests to take a goodie bag with them! Always ensure that you know about any dietary requirements that you guests may have in advance.
Make sure you have all necessary equipment from wine glasses to table clothes, it’s worthwhile checking that you have everything you could possibly need. If you’re running short, there’s always the option to hire from a local supplier, or even just borrow from friends and family. For table decorations, you needn’t go overboard. Beautiful centerpieces can be created with just empty jam jars and some freshly picked flowers.
One you’ve got these key areas covered, the main thing that you need to worry about is just having a good time! Try to relax and remember that your guests are there to see you, so keep the fussing to a bare minimum. Are you planning a garden party this summer? This article was brought to you by Ruth Richards on behalf of Guars.