Summer is officially here which means it’s time to start planning your summer party (you can use coach hire Manchester if you’re planning to go there for example); however, there are a few things you need to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, and you and your guests have a brilliant time. Here’s what you need to throw the perfect summer party:
Pop Up Gazebo
We are in the UK, after all. When you’re preparing for your party, purchase a cheap pop up gazebo so, should the worse happen, your guests have some protection from the rain without having to traipse through your home and bundle in the living room. A gazebo is also a fantastic place to keep your food table to ensure your barbecue feast isn’t left outside, uncovered, once cooked.
A summer essential, a good barbecue is a brilliant way to feed a large number of guests cheaply. If possible, try and source all your barbecue food from local suppliers. You will, of course, need burgers and hot dogs, as well as vegetarian options, salads, kebabs, and sides such as potatoes.
A summer party isn’t complete without a refreshing choice of summer cocktails. As well as beer, wine and spirits, make sure you have specially-made summer drinks on tap, including Pimms and lemonade and sangria, as well as non-alcoholic options such as raspberry lemonade and iced tea.
Sometimes, it’s good to let loose and embrace your inner child, which means having some of your favourite party games at your summer party. From classics such as apple bobbing and Limbo to dodgeball, water balloons, and giant Jenga, make sure you have a good selection of party games. If you’re going to be competing as teams, then maybe look into some personalised vest tops or other garments for easy identification.
Whether children are attending or not, a paddling pool is essential as it gives your guests somewhere to cool off. Of course, your guests won’t be diving in, but they might use the pool to rinse their face and hands during the afternoon, so they’re not hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable.
A quintessentially British way to decorate your garden, buntings are very cheap and will add a hint of colour to your garden, too. You can also use buntings to section off your outdoor space and create ‘areas’, such as a designated seating area, games area, and barbecue area, for instance.
If you still want to be partying come sundown, you’re going to need to light your garden up so everyone can see where they’re going. Fairy lights are an attractive, inexpensive way to light your garden – if possible, buy an extension lead cover, so guests don’t trip over wires on the ground.
At the height of summer, the evening heat is comfortable, however, just in case you experience one of the colder nights, have outdoor heaters or, for ambience, a classic chimenea or sturdy fire pit at the ready. If you light a fire, make sure you have a bucket of water nearby, just in case.
Inflatable Chairs & Toys
During your summer party, your guests are going to need somewhere to sit. Inflatable chairs are an inexpensive, quirky way to furnish your garden while making sure your party isn’t too ‘grown up’. You can also decorate your garden with fun inflatables such as palm trees and flamingos.
Blankets & Pillows
If you have the space in your garden, create a cosy seating area on the floor with a couple of blankets, ideally with a water-resistant underlayer, and large pillows. After all, you can never have too much seating, especially if you’re unsure of final numbers. Blankets are great for kids, too.
If you’re looking to throw a blast of a summer party this year, make sure you have all of the above party essentials to keep your guests laughing and having a great time, and your mind worry-free. Be sure to have a coach hire for them also.