Spring is a wonderful season for hosting a bright and lively outdoor party on a weekend afternoon or early evening before the sun sets. Garden parties are all about fun in the sun, a rekindled love for the outdoors and a craving for tasty finger foods and fruity drinks.
Whether you’re having a casual garden get-together with family and friends, or a party for a range of ages, here are some tips on how to throw the best spring garden party!
Set the spring theme
Play into the spring theme and go all out on the invitations, table décor and accessories to decorate the garden with. Make sure you have enough seating and tables for the number of guests you invite. Cover the tables with brightly coloured tablecloths and set multi-coloured plates and cups on the buffet table. Decorate the chairs with soft pastel throws, and place fresh flowers in vases along the table.
If you have a spacious lawn, set up a croquet ball station for the adults to enjoy at their leisure throughout the party. If you have younger guests attending, why not hire a bouncy castle for the afternoon? They’re great fun for kids and are a great way for them to release all of their energy! Research into bouncy castle hire in essex to find the perfect bouncy castle for your space. Professional companies can assist you on your decision, and the price will often include delivery, set up and collection.
Food and drink
You want the vibe of your party to be fun and casual, and what’s more fun and tasty than finger food? Think fresh fruit, veggies and perhaps a cheese and cracker platter and nibbles – they’re simple ideas but it’s food that people love and can pick at when they fancy some. There are some great recipes for garden party food, like scotch eggs, big fresh salads and a sweet eton mess for dessert.
Keep topping jugs of water and squash for the kids and make some summer cocktails for the adults like grape fruit margaritas, Pimms or Sangria.
Send guests home with a little bit of spring
Guests love to leave a party with a meaningful memento, so why not put a small “goody bag” together for children and adults to enjoy? Fill miniature terra cotta pots with soil and an herb seedling with a decorative card and plant care instructions to encourage them to grow something for spring. Or why not send guests home with some home-grown veggies and a recipe card to make a hearty and fulfilling meal at home? The most important this is to make sure your guests leave with a happy memory of your garden party get-together.