Make the most of the autumn sunshine
It’s not too late to host a summer garden party. With our top party-planning tips you can stave off the autumnal chill and show your guests a great time.
Autumn may be well and truly on its way but that doesn’t mean that we have to move indoors. There’s still time to make the most of your garden and celebrate the last of the sunshine with a late summer garden party.
Choose your location
First things first, you need to decide on a location for your party. Your garden is of course the obvious choice but if you are short on outside space or have a large guest list you may have to look at alternative options, such as using a friend’s garden or hiring a local sports field.
Any successful party needs entertainment. This can be as simple as making a playlist of great party tunes, or you can add an element of competition with party games such as limbo, croquet and giant Jenga. If you have the space and budget you could even hire a bouncy castle. They’re hugely popular with kids and adults alike, and this Essex bouncy castle hire company stock a whole range of fun inflatables that are sure to get your guests giggling.
Avoid the chill
At this time of year there may be an autumnal chill in the air so you need to find ways to keep you and your guests warm. Bouncing away on an inflatable castle will certainly do it, but for those who are less actively–inclined, you might want to consider providing a pile of warm blankets that guests can wrap around themselves to ward off the chill. These will be especially appreciated once the sun has gone down, as will the provision of patio heaters or a fire pit. When it comes to catering, warm your guests’ cockles with a hearty BBQ or hog roast, all washed down with a seasonal mulled cider or indulgent hot chocolate.
There’s no denying it, the days are definitely getting shorter – so if you want to keep your guests partying into the night, you need to make sure that your garden has adequate lighting. Solar-powered lights, fairy light garlands, coloured garden lanterns, and candles can all help to add atmosphere and sparkle to your garden party, which means that the party doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.
Dressing your garden
To make your garden party feel extra special, take the time to dress and decorate your outside space. Decorative items such as colourful bunting, cute wooden signs, and mason jars filled with candles or flowers can all help to transform your garden and add a touch of fun and colour to your event. And don’t forget seating. Picnic blankets, bean bags, large cushions, wooden pallets and even hay bales can all provide useful additional seating alongside your existing garden furniture. It’s also wise to give a nod to the unpredictable British weather by setting up gazebos or large umbrellas where your guests can shelter from any rain.
So, don’t head indoors at the first hint of autumn. With careful planning and plenty of props and activities to help keep your guests warm, you can give your garden one last hurrah before winter arrives with a fantastic late summer garden party.