Thursday, 17 July 2014

How to Host the Perfect Garden Party

With summer in full swing there’s no better time than the present to throw a garden party. From chic decorations to creating the perfect ambience, allow Fiorelli to help you organise that special gathering.

Words and Music

There’s nothing worse than arriving to a beautifully crafted venue in silence. Bear in mind that you’ll probably be greeting guests who you haven’t seen in a while, so, a background playlist is essential to cover any gaps in conversation, and it also usually provides a great talking point!

Pushed for time? 8 tracks have a great selection of ready-made party themed playlists which are all around an hour long. Whether you’re looking for quiet instrumental melodies or dance hall classics, choose from an extensive collection. Alternatively, if you’d like to give your evening a more personal touch you could ask guests to submit their favourite tracks to a playlist beforehand.

Make a list of at least 3 ice-breaker topics so that even if you’re rushed off your feet being the hostess with the mostess, you won’t forget to ask Loren about her new job or how Alice’s friend is getting on in Italy.

Grand Designs

Transform your garden into a party paradise with a few simple tweaks. Hang home-made bunting from trees, place fresh flowers in milk bottles across the table, arrange tea lights in jam jars and place in flowerbeds to prettify the area (and provide direction after one too many vinos!)

When opting for a themed party it’s best to leave half-measures out of the equation and go hell for leather on outfits, décor, food, music and games. Be as thorough as possible because when the last sip of wine has been drunk and the final cab pulls away, it’s those little details that your guests will remember for years to come.

Food, Glorious Food

Food has become such a central part of social occasions it’s practically on par with picking out an outfit. Whether you’re laying on a feast to rival the last supper or stylish canapés to complement cocktails, presentation is key.

Individual prawn cocktails served in shot glasses, balls of mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and rocket arranged in mini-bread baskets, baked pizza cones.. These are just a few of the mouth-watering ideas we found while browsing Pinterest. Remember to prepare a little extra food in case of last minute plus ones, and when it comes to drinks always provide a tee total version of an alcoholic drink as there’s guaranteed to be a driver in the group.

We hope we’ve provided you with some takeaway inspiration for throwing that unforgettable garden party.

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