Sometimes you want to hold an event for your loved ones, but you don’t want to fork out for a venue. This is understandable – with venue costs rising, it can end up costing significant amounts of cash to secure even the most basic hall. The other option that you have on your hands is to host your event in your own home. But not everyone wants guests walking through their personal space at home. The answer? Hold your event out in your garden! Here’s everything you need to know to achieve this!
Getting On Top of the Garden
The majority of us neglect our garden right up to the point that summer arrives and the sun is blaring. But when you’re planning on having people around, you’re going to have to face up to gardening neglect and put things to rights. First things first, it’s time to get your gardening gloves on and give your garden a real clean up. Pieces of rubbish might have blown in during the winter months, so start picking up any trash and put it in your recycling bins. Also, clear up any pet waste that might have mounted up. Even if you have no pets of your own, remember that neighbouring cats are often guilty of using others’ garden space as a litter tray, so keep an eye out regardless. Once everything is cleared up, mow the lawn and use a strimmer to cut the grass down in harder to reach places, like corners and the edges of fencing. Pull up weeds which might have established themselves between concrete slabs. Replace any fence panels that have been knocked down or damaged in windy weather. If you don’t have much time on your hands, you can always hire a landscape gardener to do these basic chores on your behalf.
Creating Chill Out Areas
One of the main things that people forget when hosting a garden party is that people need somewhere to sit down. This is something that we tend to forget, as with any other occasion, seating is pretty much a given. If you’re hosting an event in your home, people have sofas and tables and chairs to sit out. When you’re out back, you may find people awkwardly standing around, reluctant to sit on the floor but feeling their legs start to ache. Now, you have a few different options when it comes to seating at a garden party. You can invest in full on outdoor suites with plenty of space. However, this is probably only ideal for those of us who spend extended periods of time in our garden throughout the year anyway. If you want a more casual form of seating that can easily be pulled out when needed and put back away after use, you might want to consider resort beanbags. These are comfortable and made of durable fabrics that can withstand the wear and tear that usually comes with outdoor use!
Food and Drink
Your guests, no matter their age, are inevitably going to get hungry and thirsty at intervals throughout the day, so you need to make sure that you’re ready to cater to their needs. This involves a lot of preparation well in advance. After all you’re going to need to invest in ingredients, as well as a means to prepare and cook them, and a means to serve them.
Generally speaking, the best option when it comes to preparing food outdoors is the traditional barbecue. Why? Well, of course, you could prepare all of the food indoors and carry it out to the guests outdoors. But do you really want to be stuck inside, chained to the oven while everyone else is out back enjoying themselves? Barbequing is an immersive experience. You can share cooking responsibilities with your guests, and still be right in the middle of the action while turning hot dogs and flipping burgers. Now, you can buy a couple of little disposable barbecues if you’re having a one-off event. They’ll do the job – though you do need to be extremely careful and ensure that everything is cooked through properly. However, if you intend to hold several events (not only this summer, but in summers going forward), you’d probably be better off investing in a proper barbecue. These have more space, cook the food more evenly, and just generally better all round. Now, the standard barbecue event will have burgers and hot dogs. These are simple to make – just don’t forget the buns and condiments! Remember to ensure that there’s something suitable for everyone to eat with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options for those with special dietary requirements!
When the heat rises, we need to make an extra conscious effort to stay hydrated. When people are in your property, their needs become your responsibility. People may feel awkward asking repeatedly for drinks, so make sure that there are plenty out, which anyone can take freely without having to request permission. Fill a cool box with bottles of water, cans of fizzy drinks, and perhaps even beers. You can also make up a big bowl of punch!
Plates, Cups, and Cutlery
When it comes to barbecues, people tend to purchase disposable plates, cups, and cutlery. This makes sense. You can simply throw everything in the bin once you’re done with it. It makes the clear up time a whole lot faster. However, if possible, try to be a little more environmentally friendly with your choices. Use your own plates, cups, and cutlery that can be washed and reused. If you are going to go for disposable, try to opt for recycled and recyclable options!
As you can see, planning a garden event can entail a whole lot of thought and effort. But at the end of the day, it will all be worth it! You’ll all have a brilliant time and make some brilliant memories. It’ll be an absolute hit!
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