Whether you hold parties regularly or only once in a while, when it comes to the summer there is nothing quite like a garden party to bring a cheer to everyone’s lips. It may sound risky in this day and age of the haphazard unpredictable British summer, but really, for most people, a little bit of rain on a summer’s day is neither here nor there. It’s the people that matter and you can always revert back to indoors if it really is a wash-out.
So why bother with a garden party?
Well there are two very good reasons – firstly a garden party is a bit different from your normal household party; it exudes a bit of class and sophistication. After all, it’s what the Queen does so famously at Buck Pal!
And it is that sense of uniqueness that can be transferred to a garden party you might hold because it allows one to create a theme for the party. For instance, you could make it a Brazilian festival party with the accent on Brazilian music and foods (and of course beer!) It’s a great excuse to dress up in not very much, get the conga going and basically have a wickedly fun time dancing, drinking and eating great nosh.
Secondly, though linked to the above, is the fact that because it is a garden party it is one that will be seen as special by those you invite. It will be treated almost like a royal occasion, which is why you need to organise it as such. That means sending out invitations to notify your friends and family that this is going to be a grand, but certainly fun, event. It also gives you a chance to be sure of the numbers attending as this will be important for the actual planning stage nearer garden party time.
In other words, don’t forget to put RSVP on the invite!
Once they have been sent out and you have the bulk of the replies, you can then start thinking about the party proper, how you are going to decorate the scene, getting the music sorted, maybe have a marquee just in case it rains, and of course, plan the food and drink.
If you are going to have a theme, then you will need to properly consider all the little details that will make the theme work as that will only add to the occasion and create the perfect atmosphere.
Before you know it, your party will be a great success, you will be feted as much as the Queen and be holding a garden party every year!
By Mitch Wicking
A journalist and reporter for many years Mitch enjoys investigating Life's little wonders such as coloured crystal glasses and many other topics and domains. Click here to find out more.