Host The Ultimate Garden Party

How to host the ultimate garden party

Published 3rd May 2022
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There's no better way to make the most of the sunshine than with a garden party - but after months of gloomy weather, you may be feeling a tad out of practice at the whole 'outdoors entertaining' thing…

If that sounds like you, don’t panic; we’re here to kickstart your season of sun and fun with our top tips for planning the ultimate garden party!

weeding garden

1. Give your garden a spring clean

Before getting started, it’s a good idea to prepare your garden - and with just a little sprucing, it’ll be party-ready in no time!

To save you from any last-minute panics, make sure you do the following jobs in the days leading up to your event:

  1. Rake up any dead leaves and debris
  2. Mow the lawn
  3. De-weed your flower beds and patio (it’s also a good idea to spritz any problem areas with weed killer while you’re there)
  4. Plant some mature flowers for instant pops of colour
  5. Hide any tools or outdoor toys in a garden storage unit
Not too sure which type of storage is right for you? Check out our handy guide to garden storage to find exactly what you need for your space and supplies!
garden furniture with cushions

2. Sort your seating

From sunbathing to sipping cocktails, you’ll spend a lot of your party sitting down, so getting your seating right is essential!

That not only means ensuring there are enough seats for everyone; it also means making sure they’re as comfortable as possible.

To up the snugglefactor, pop a few cushions on your garden chairs, or if you haven't got the space for furniture, lay out a few picnic blankets and scatter the cushions on top. 

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3. Be prepared - come rain or shine!

To prevent an unexpected shower or scorcher from ruining your celebrations, put up a gazebo or garden party tent before your guests arrive.

Top tip: Look for gazebos with removable sides to keep you cool in hotter weather. If the temperature drops or it starts to pour, simply reattach the sides to keep warm and dry!

It's also a good idea to stock up on summertime essentials, such as sunscreen and after sun, just in case the weather is as nice as the forecasts say! Get a variety of SPF factors, vegan options and sunscreen for sensitive skin, so you have something for everyone.

giant Jenga

4. Get the good vibes going!

Now you’ve got your garden, furniture and weatherproofing sorted, you can get to the fun part - we’re talking decs, music, party games, the whole shabang!

However you plan to party - whether that be pumping up the volume or a far more chilled affair - here’s a list of must-haves to kick off the celebrations in style:

sausages on bbq

5. Minimise prep with fuss-free food and drink

When it comes to food and drink, the key is to keep things simple.

You could go classic with a burger ‘n’ banger BBQ, or if you’re looking to really impress, why not try an outdoor pizza oven? Get the dough prepped in advance, set out a variety of toppings and let your guests get creative with their own personal pizzas!

Grab a selection of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks for your guests to choose from. Or if you're looking to really impress, grab a cocktail making kit and show off your mixology skills with a punch, Pimms, or any drink of choice, and serve in a large jug to be shared.

fairy lights

6. Don't forget your evening essentials

The sun going down shouldn’t have to mean the end of your party - in fact, it’s just the beginning!

Warmth, lighting and entertainment are key to keeping the party going well into the night, so as well as stocking up on blankets, you may also want to think about:

Time to party!

You'll definitely be the host with the most with these garden party ideas up your sleeve!

For more outdoor inspiration and supplies, head on over to our Love Your Outdoors collection. From gardening essentials to outdoor games and this year's trendiest garden furniture, you'll find everything you need to enjoy the sunny season ahead! 

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