5 tips for the perfect summer party


One of the best things about the sun coming out, means you can take the party outside (or so you would hope), allowing you to soak in the sun, enjoy the fresh air and party on down with your pals all in the comfort of your own back garden (or front, street parties are can be amazing – as long as of course you can get everyone involved).

In the hopes of being able to throw the best garden party soon, here are 5 of my best tips to organising your party:

1. Get Planning.
Make sure you know what you what to achieve and how you plan to do it. One of the worst things that could happen is for the day of the party to arrive and you end up realising you have no supplies and none of the shops nearby have what you want. Now that could put a complete dampener on the day no matter how much the sun is out.

2. Preparation.
Once you know what you want to do, get yourself organising the party supplies. Places like Perfect Party UK offer all the party accessories you could need under one virtual roof; including balloons, games, tableware and decorations. While your local supermarket or butcher are worth checking out to see who offers the best pennies when it comes to BBQ food and drinks.

3. Time. 
Allow yourself time on the day to get things sorted, if you can ask some of the guests if they can help, perhaps one of them is wonderful at making puddings so you could ask them to bring their best dish for all to try, or one might be able to stop by a little earlier just to sort out the tableware so you can get yourself dressed.

4. Have a backup plan. 
This is the UK – the weather might not hold out, so think about how you can cook the food should the worst happen and also look for things you can do inside, card games are something you could play whatever the weather, while football might be best to be kept for when the sun it out.

5. Have Fun
At the end of the day it isn't just your guests who should enjoy the party you should to. So stop running from place to place with dishes every five minutes and set up an area where people can pop things when finished with and allow yourself to sit down and join in.

What about you, what are your top tips to planning the best summer party?

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Garden party photo from Shutterstock

This article has 24 comments

  1. Michelle

    The best tip here is definitely having a back up plan! We can never tell with the weather here in the UK! My husband did a mad dash into the garden last week to put up the pop-up gazebo as it looked like rain! It fell for some of the morning, but fortunately, by the afternoon it had dried up and the sun came out, and all was right with the world! x

  2. Erica Price

    Some great tips – I think you need a back up plan too. I once made a cake on the day and forgot sugar – it was a disaster and I had to go out to buy one.

  3. Michelle

    Great tips lovely, I can’t wait to hold and go to some parties this summer! xx

  4. Joanne

    We have our 7 year old birthday party on Saturday at a local country park …. Weather has been great today am in a mild panic! Great tips!

  5. Kirsty Fox

    Great tips that make a lot of sense! I love the top photo, that teapot is right up my street!!

  6. Hannah Wood (staveley)

    Some good ideas wish had the garden to do it in as its been taken over by kids playhouse and other outdoor toys.

  7. Mums do travel

    These are all good tips – especially the one about being prepared for bad weather as you never know what it will be like, even in summer.

  8. Kara

    Love a good party – hoping for good weather in August for my sons 15th

  9. Ninjacat

    WOOHOO summer here we comes school reminds ,e I need an umbrella and a new rain mac !

  10. Rachel

    Some great tips, I just need a garden to hold one :o)

  11. Janet T

    I’d love to have a party but the weather is so up and down.

  12. Foz

    Some great tips! I am looking forward to this summer as just done up the garden!

  13. Jen Walshaw

    We are big fans of impromptu parties, they are always the best when a gathering just happens

  14. Kat Allinson

    Great tips, especially having a backup plan, you never can tell in this country!

  15. Barbara Handley

    Interesting. Some useful ideas for this summer.

  16. Emma

    summer gardens and summer parties are simply the best!

  17. Globalmouse

    Great tips, summer parties are the best aren’t they? It makes me want to have one right now!

  18. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood

    REally nice tips. I do love a good garden party, so should start planning one now, I think.

  19. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    Fab tips- I love getting outdoors in the summer!

  20. Ickle Pickle

    I have to be honest I never plan summer parties because our weather is so terrible – especially this year. Great tips. Kaz x

  21. bluebearwood

    Planning, preparation and time … those three words that I always mean to do but well, just never seem to get the hang off. But we do end up having fun

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