Awesome Ideas for Throwing the Best Garden Party
Sometimes life throws you lemons – but sometimes, it can throw you a reason to stage a garden party and invite all your friends and neighbors over for a round of drinks and light snacks. Still, it takes more than just a crate of beer and some BBQ to stage a perfect backyard party. Depending on the number of guests and the reason for the get-together, there are several important points on the party staging agenda which you should tend to with due care if you want the event to go down as the best bash al fresco ever. Here are a few awesome ideas you can use when staging a brilliant outdoor party to make sure both you and your guests have a great time.
RVSP Mandatory: Invitations You Can’t Say No To
Although party initiations are not mandatory, they’re a cool way to set the party organization in motion. If you’re throwing the party to celebrate a special date (such as birthday, anniversary, etc.), suave-looking invitations may just win you over a few hesitant guests-to-be, which is why you should hand-pick the design of the invites and make sure you’ve sent them out at least two weeks before the event. If you’re having friends and neighbors over for a pint of beer and some grilled goodies, however, a casual shout-out will do the trick just fine.
Wined and Dined: Drinks and Food on the Agenda
As for the food and drinks to serve to your guests, the list of your options springs endless, but finger food and barbecue are the easiest deal. Of course, if you’re staging a special party such as a birthday celebration, you’ll need to invest a little more time and effort into the menu and wine card planning. To keep food prep short, sweet, and scrumptious all around, you can order a few platefuls of party snacks from a local catering service. As for the drinks, it’s best to stock up both alcoholic and soft drinks, just to stay on the safe (and sober) side of the party table, especially if you’re having over friends with kids in tow.
Fun for Everyone: Different Ages, Different Settings
Garden party venue design is a flexible matter, and you can handle it any way you feel like for as long as the layout works for everyone concerned. If you’re having guests with children, you can use a part of the garden as a makeshift playground. If your backyard is on the small side, you can group tables and chairs to form a circle in the middle and cover the vacant space on the ground with thick rugs to set up a temporary play area for the little ones. If your guests are adults only, the party layout will be much easier to handle – but make sure you’ve drawn up a seating plan if you intend to invite a large crowd or people who don’t know each other well.
Lace, Frills, and All: Venue Decorations on the Menu
Garden parties are wonderful, and they can at times draw out all through the afternoon and spill over to late hours. If you’re throwing a party that stands a good chance of stretching until the evening and night, you should stock the patio and garden with adequate lighting, such as string lights, outdoor lamps, tea lights, and beeswax candles. For an imaginative, romantic touch, place tea candles in mason jars and use them to make table centerpieces or mark garden pathways. A cheap yet highly effective trick to add interest to the party venue, glow-in-the-dark and/or string lights can also be used to dial up the event ambiance and mood when daytime cedes the throne to moonlight.
Love Makes the Party Go On: Favors for the Guests
Expert party organizers know just how important favors are for first and final guest impressions. By giving your invitees a token of appreciation, you’ll be showing them that you value their time and attendance, so don’t be a cheapskate and make your love and respect for your guests show in the form of gifts. Although there are no strict rules about party favors for different occasions, you should be sure to hand-pick the items, however symbolic, and wrap them up in cool-looking paper. After all, all adults are kids at heart and we all rejoice at the idea of getting smart-looking presents outside the Christmas season.
Throwing a garden party isn’t difficult in the least: send out invitations well ahead of the time, tend to the food and drinks with due attention, set up the venue so that it suits your guests’ bill, and stock up on favors to show your crowd just how much you care about them. Oh, and make sure to have fun when organizing the get-together al fresco: the whole point of the party is for everyone to enjoy themselves, yourself included. Champagne, anyone?