How to host the perfect garden party – whatever the weather
Come rain or shine, we Brits love a good garden party. Here are our top tips on how to make the best of it, whatever the weather.
Summer is nearly here and – in true British style – the rain is as likely to pour as the sun is to shine.
But don’t let that dampen your spirits. We’ve got everything you need to host the perfect summer garden party…
Food and drink
It wouldn’t be a party without some yummy food and drink. But do you brave the barbecue or go for a quintessentially English tea party?
If you barbecue, marinate meat and fish overnight for the ultimate taste sensation. Got vegetarian guests coming? Then consider dividing your grill in two – one side for meat and one for non-meat.
And don’t forget the sides – tasty coleslaws, super salads and sweet desserts will impress your guests.
For a more refined afternoon tea opt for finger foods. Delicate sandwiches, savoury canapes and mini cakes will go down a treat. Just remember to place them under the cover of a tree or gazebo – this will prevent them going stale in the sun or soggy in the rain.
And you’ll need something refreshing to wash the feast down with. Why not keep your guests hydrated in the summer sun with jugs of infused water? Flavoured water is not only good for you – with less sugar than juices – but it tastes delicious too.
Check out the Kitchen Craft 1.5-litre Infuser Jug – it neatly contains the fruit while flavouring the water.
Prepping for the big party can feel like an arduous task – chopping, slicing, mixing. The list is never ending.
But help is at hand. Save time by investing in a multipurpose food processor – like the Kenwood MultiPro Compact.
Slice, chop, whip, grate – you name it, it can do it. Its compact design means it’ll fit even the cosiest of kitchens. And it can even be popped into the dishwasher once you’re done.
Dress your garden
Get on Pinterest and plan a party that is sure to wow. Whether you get creative and make your own decorations or are tight ontime and buy them, your guests are sure to appreciate the effort you’ve gone to.
Here are some ideas…
- Break out the bunting for a classic village fete feel
- Light the way with cleverly placed candles and lanterns on walkways
- Create atmosphere with twinkling fairy lights hanging overhead
- Decorate tables with cut flowers in vases to show off the flora of your garden
- Create seating areas with picnic blankets and bean bags if you’re short on chairs
Garden party soundtrack
Set the mood with someatmospheric tunes.Whether you opt for the summer’s pop hits or chilled out Jazz vibes, music is the heart and soul of the party.
Create your own party playlist that willlast well into the night. Or invest in a Bluetooth speaker and guests can share their own music.
Suss out the perfect spot for your speaker – guests need to be able to hear it without you deafening your neighbours. Portable speakers are a great option. You can place them anywhere without needing a power supply. Some models – like the JBL Xtreme portable wireless speaker – are splashproof too, so you don’t have to worry about a sudden downpour.
Wet weather backup plan
It’s inevitable. The week leading up your event will be nothing but clear blue skies – then comes the rain.
But if you’re prepared, a shower or two needn’t put an end to your party plans.
- Set up a gazebo to create more covered space
- Continue the lighting and decorations inside – so you won’t lose the atmosphere if you make a dash for cover
- Use smart lighting to create a cosy atmosphere inside
- Pick up and dry off your wireless waterproof speaker – your party won’t miss a beat
- Replace soggy bean bags with sofas and extra pillows
- Swap the barbecue for an indoor grill
More top tips
- Tight on fridge space? Fill buckets – or even the kids’ paddling pool – with cold water and ice to chill bottles and cans of drink
- Paper plates and cups mean no washing up or breakages – so you can avoid the washing up
- Think it might get rowdy? Then invite your neighbours round to join in the party – or at least politely warn them