How To Get Summer Garden Party Ready

Summer Entertaining, Garden Party
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It's summer, the sun is shining and you’ve invited everyone over for a garden party. There’s nothing quite like summer entertaining, being together with family and friends in the sunshine, eating good food, sharing stories and playing games. But, throwing a party can take some planning and you’ll need to make sure you have what you need to keep everyone happy. Take a look at what you need to know about throwing the perfect summer garden party that's sure to be a hit.

Provide Shade
One of the most important things you can do is offer shade for people on a sunny day. If the temperature is soaring, people will want to seek respite in the shade now and again. Make sure to set up some shaded areas where people can sit down and rest from the sun. This could mean putting up umbrellas in your garden or offering shade in a marquee. There are many different ways you can provide shade, depending on the size and design of your garden.

A party isn’t a party without good food to enjoy. It doesn't have to be a lot of work just because you have a bunch of hungry mouths to feed.  You can purchase party pleasers like hot dogs and burgers which are always sure to please the kids. You can opt for country style pork ribs and chicken thighs for the adults. Round out your menu with some salad, pasta, and bread and you’ve got yourself a party. You can also ask everyone to bring something with them so there’s enough to go around.

As the sun goes down and your guests are still having a good time, the temperature can drop quickly. Have one or two heaters on standby if it starts getting cold as your guests are likely in their summer wear. It can also help to have some blankets available on seats so your guests can wrap up whenever they start feeling a chill. As it gets cooler, it’s the perfect time to light a fire. If you have a fire pit in your garden, let your guests roast some marshmallows and make s'mores to finish the evening. Remember to safely put the fire out before you head inside.

If it’s just you and your family most of the time, you may not have enough seating when it comes to entertaining. You can sometimes improvise with this by making seats out of tree logs or bringing indoor furniture outdoors. However the best option might be to get help in this area. Ask your family and friends to bring garden chairs with them or borrow deck chairs from neighbors if you can. Spread out blankets on your lawn so children can sit and have picnics together.

Have Fun
You may want your garden party to be perfect and memorable for everyone that attends but it’s more likely to be fun when the host is relaxed. Don't stress if you don't get to every single detail and just do your best. You will learn and make improvements with each experienced. In the end the most important thing is getting to spend quality time with your guests.

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