Our top 5 garden party ideas
How to host an unforgettable celebration
Whether you’re hosting a Platinum Jubilee party or simply looking to make the most of the sunshine, our top 5 garden party ideas will make it a celebration to remember.
The beauty of a garden party is that it can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. A garden party is a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday (or simply the fact that the sun has come out!) so, if you’re after Platinum Jubilee garden party ideas or for a way to add some wow factor to your regular friendly gatherings, follow our top 5 garden party ideas for an event that’s sure to impress.Shop Alfresco Dining
1 Pick a theme
A theme is a sure way to make your garden party unforgettable. It can be as simple as a colour theme, a film-inspired theme or an
occasion-inspired theme, such as a birthday or the Queen’s Jubilee.
If you’re not sure what theme to choose, look for inspiration in the things you already love. Is there an outfit you’d love to wear? Some flowers you like? A song you’d love to play? Go from these and see where the inspiration takes you!
Once you’ve decided on your theme, it’s time for the fun part: decorating! Think bunting, garden lights, balloon arches… the world is your oyster. Scattering cushions and picnic blankets on the grass will immediately make your guests feel comfortable and tying colourful ribbons to the backs of chairs is an easy way to make your space look special.
Don’t forget the table either. Coordinate your tableware with your colour scheme, use your best serving platters and finish off with a bouquet of flowers. If you’re in a rush, you can’t go wrong with some pretty placemats to quickly add wow factor.
3 Garden party food
Garden party food should always be two things: tasty and stress-free to make. Cheese and meat boards are a party saviour for this: just choose your cheeses and meats and load them on a board with grapes, crackers, olives and nuts. Pasta salads, caesar salads and some crunchy slaw can all be made ahead of time, as can quiches and tarts. Serve it up on some special occasion plates and voilà!Rainbow Wraps Recipe
Egg & spoon races, giant Jenga, croquet... the more traditional the games the better, especially if your theme lends itself to a particular game (treasure hunts are great for a beach theme). For something a little bit different, set up a photo area with props, or try a piñata – a winner for both adults and little ones!
5 Garden party outfits
Garden parties are the perfect excuse to get out your best spring outfits. Florals, bright colours and light fabrics are all wonderful choices. For an effortlessly dressed up look, try a floral or colourful dress with sandals or for something more smart-casual, you can’t go wrong with a blouse, chinos and espadrilles. Why not go the extra mile and ask everyone to dress according to your party theme too?Shop Dresses
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