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Garden party perfection

Garden party perfection

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With summer’s sunshine lasting (hooray!), we have found the perfect excuse to throw a garden party. Move over showers & clouds, this weekend we’re getting outside to spend quality time with our family & friends!

To ensure your al fresco gathering flows like Prosecco, follow the guide below.

Décor
It’s a celebration of long sunny summer days, so set the tone with whatever feels right between music festival, picnic and high tea. Or, you can fuse it all together by adding classic bunting, fairy lights and lanterns. Put your personality into it.

If your garden is looking a little worse for wear and you are not BBF’s with Charlie Dimmock, set vases of flowers on tables to add instant flower power and bright blankets on limp looking lawns.

Be creative but practical. Prepare for the cooler evening hours by dotting a few blankets around for guests to snuggle under. Go for a bit of ‘California Soul’ with a fire pit or chiminea.

Make your own bunting

BBQ
A classic catering option at a garden party. Choose someone you trust to grill; someone who is prepared to watch over benevolently until it’s all cooked. Experiment with marinades and dry rubs, which work particularly well on chicken legs, thighs and breasts, while a dusting of Chinese five spice transforms belly pork.

Have friends help you bring it all out together with pre-prepared classic accompaniments: greens, potatoes, pasta salads; quiches coleslaw or coronation chicken. Check out our blog for some great ideas for delicious salads.

Drinks
Hopefully your friends will bring over a bottle or two of something, but it’s a good idea to have something prepared. Why not make a big batch of punch or cocktails? You could theme them to your party! Decorate with fruit and mini umbrellas to give your party a holiday vibe.

It’s also a good idea to have soft and caffeinated drinks readily available for designated drivers and those who prefer not to drink alcohol.

Music, fun and games
Dot garden games around. Croquet, badminton, boules, Giant Jenga and Giant Connect 4 are all popular amusements. It’s a garden party, so you need to have music playing. Live musicians are extra special but not always easy to source. In that case, ask someone you trust to set up a playlist. Set to shuffle…and shuffle!

If you want to have something extra special for children, why not build a castle out of cardboard boxes, paint and strong silver tape. We achieved the brick look on this castle with a simple sponge in a lighter grey paint.

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