One of the rules of being an adult is throwing a dinner party. They’re the sign of a well put together adult, who is able to host the perfect night with their close friends. Obnoxious as it sounds, dinner parties are a lot of fun. Since the weather is slowly getting cooler, there’s no better time to get all of your friends outside in your backyard and organising a garden party! Twinkling lights, soft sunsets and laughter; what could be better? The only issue with hosting one of these parties is getting things organised. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to start your garden party event, here are a few tips to get you started.
Have you ever gone on Pinterest and seen the delicious looking garden parties that take place? Yeah, they’re pretty hard to replicate, unless you’re Lauren Conrad. However, it’s easy to add flair and beauty to your own garden party, without the hefty price tag attached.
Before you have your guests over, consider your garden. Do you have to do a bit of pruning before the night starts? Are there tools and equipment that are lying around that need to go away somewhere? If your backyard looks a little shabby, you could consider getting a shed. They’re a great place to keep all of your stuff, plus they’re useful to store any chairs away so you can have another dinner party later on. Garden sheds come in a whole range of design and sizes, so you don’t have to sacrifice your beautiful backyard with a boxy green shed, you can get one that flatters your taste and your outdoor space. Win!
Find Your Space
An easy way to begin your garden party decor is to find a space. If you choose to host your party outside, make sure you have space where everyone can sit comfortably, and see each other easily. It’s the worst when you’re stuck at the end of a table and unable to hear what’s going on in the conversation. Depending on the size of your event, keep the seating arrangement intimate. This can be by sitting on a round table opposed to a rectangular one. If you have a patio, take advantage of it! You can have a sit-down meal or a standing and mingling event with a patio, the options are endless.
Danielle Bruce, the owner of Eat My Street, says that the way to your guest’s heart is through their drinks. “Always include a beautiful glass jug filled with sparkling water, ice, fresh fruit & some home made lemon or lime syrup for those guests who would like an alternative to beer and wine. Frozen raspberries or blueberries add a lovely splash of colour as well as helping keep the drink cool. A few mint leaves will also keep the drink pretty and refreshing. This extra little detail will help your guests feel spoilt and ensure that people will not have to leave the table in search of something nice to drink on a warm evening.” You can find out more about Danielle’s amazing advice and reviews of Melbourne’s food by following her Instagram.
If you have a few guests coming around, you can always consider letting them get their own drinks. Samantha Cormack, from Samantha Evans Collective, believes that the guests can benefit from pouring their own drinks from a “bubbly buffet”. “...guests pour themselves a drink on arrival and top up throughout the evening. Style with jars of fresh fruit, and also carafes of fresh juice, and lemonade (perfect for those who prefer no bubbles too!) Who doesn't love a glass of bubbles in the garden?” You can find more amazing tips from Sam by following her Instagram.
To Theme, Or Not To Theme?
You don’t need to stick to a theme for your dinner party, you can just have fun. Take hodge podge chairs, mix and match crockery and keep things interesting. Hang some fairy lights up, play some fun music and voila! You’ve got yourself a wonderful, tranquil atmosphere to host your party in. Combine these with a soft sunset and some delicious food and company, and you’ve got a wonderful night ahead of you. If you’re into fairy lights, grab some from your holiday stash and hang them up. If lanterns or spotlights are more your thing, take them out, string them up and let the party shine.
Food, Glorious Food!
Ah, now we’re at the fun bit; the food. Food is such an important part of a dinner party, without it, it’s just a gathering. It’s always hard deciding what food or make or order for your party, and you need to consider everyone’s eating preferences. Is someone vegan; coeliac; diabetic? Remember all of these factors, and ask your guests prior to the night. Once you have all of the dietary requirements under your belt, you can start to organise the food. Whether you’re making it yourself or ordering it, you can have some fun with it! Pizza? Get a fun pizza wheel! Dips? Get so much that you could drown in them. Don’t forget the cheese and wine; they’re a crowd favourite! If you’re still stuck, you can take a look at our previous blog post here, talking about stress-free catering!
Hosting a garden party is a great way to get all of your friends together, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while, or want to get them to all meet one another for the first time. All you need to do is grab some yummy food, some mood lighting and great friends, and you’ve got the perfect atmosphere for a lovely dinner party!