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A Guide for Hosting a Garden Party

If you’re lucky enough to have garden space with your home, then it’s always good to make the most of it. If you’re a sociable person who loves having friends and family over, or you like to host more official events, then a garden party is probably the top of your list when it comes to sociable occasions.

How do you host the perfect garden party when you’ve never hosted one before? This guide can help, from preparation tips to making it an event to remember.

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Understand Your Capacity

First of all, you want to make sure you don’t overcrowd your garden and that there’s enough room for everyone to move comfortably around. This is particularly important for table seating, too, especially if there are only a certain number of chairs. So, take the time to understand the size of your garden and the facilities you have and decide on a comfortable number of guests you can entertain at one time.

Prepare Your Garden

Whether you have a minimalist garden or a busy garden, you want to make sure it’s looking its best. Prepare for the party by trimming back your hedges, mowing the lawn, cleaning your decking or carrying out any other spruce-up tasks you need to in order to have your garden space looking perfect.

Decide on the Entertainment

Every good garden party should have at least one specific entertainment feature for the evening, whether it’s an intimate affair, a casual one or a more formal event. You can search up fireworks for sale in order to provide an end-of-the-evening show; you can hire a musician or band if you want to provide ambience for the whole evening; or maybe you’d even like to plan some garden games. Think of an idea that will keep guests entertained, or have on the schedule that people can look forward to.

Choose Your Dining Style

Are you wanting a formal sit-down meal or would you prefer a more casual dining style? This depends entirely on your preferences, the occasion and how formal you’d like to go. You can still have a sit-down meal at the table, but have it a casual affair.

Opting for a table meal means eating at a specific time of the day or evening. Alternatively, you also have the option of food being available throughout the day; for example, with a barbeque, or if you’d like buffet-type food people can pick and choose as they go along.

Choosing your dining style also counts for drinks, too. You could hire a cocktail-maker, have a portable bar set up or simply put bottles and drinks on a table for guests to grab on their own.

Think About Weather Protection

Finally, you can never fully judge how the weather is going to turn out on the day of your garden party, and you don’t want to risk guests being cold or wet. Having cover options, such as an awning, a gazebo or table umbrellas will mean you don’t have to worry about the weather.

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