How To Organise A Garden Party

As we finally head into summer, many people are starting to think about hosting outdoor parties when the weather improves. Although we had some fantastic weather in the UK just before Easter, the Bank Holiday weekend itself was a little disappointing this year in comparison, so most of us are still waiting for the first proper garden party of 2017.

If you fancy doing this yourself, there are a few things to consider…

Accounting for the weather

Realistically this has to be one of the main things you consider. Although it’s usually possible to judge a week or even a fortnight in advance when the weather is due to be good, you never know for sure when you live in the UK. A good solution might be to have some kind of covering erected outside, or in the worst case scenario, let guests come back inside to avoid the rain for a while.

Setting up outside

One great way of keeping the weather at bay is to have a marquee or some other kind of outdoor shelter set up. This also gives you a good place to put your catering equipment, set up a bar or keep the entertainment system somewhere safe. Decide what kind of furniture you will need, including tables and chairs, and make sure these can be positioned appropriately.

Providing food and drink

If you want a more high-end party, you might decide to provide all of the refreshments yourself or even hire a catering company to do it for you.There are many discount catering supplies that offer very good prices, that is why you may consider this option and contact them.  However, many less formal events will rely on people brining their own drinks at least. Sometimes for barbecues it can be good for people to contribute some food too, especially if they have any special requirements. This can make the whole affair more relaxed and fun, but it;s up to you. Just make sure you communicate this decision with your guests.

Creating an atmosphere

If you’re lucky enough to get some great weather on the day of your garden party, this will really help to create a pleasant atmosphere for all of your guests. However, some pre-planning can always help things to run more smoothly. Once everyone arrives, what’s going to keep them entertained? Decorations are great for initial impressions, but you also need to consider the length of the event and how to plan the time.

Celebrate Bonfire Night Safely

November is approaching, and traditionally we like to kick off the month with Bonfire Night celebrations! It’s a popular way to add a bit of warmth to the early winter, although safety shouldn’t be forgotten in the process. It’s easy to get distracted by the fun of a fireworks display or a bonfire, but there are some general safety tips you have to keep in mind, especially when there are children around.

Firstly, when it comes to actual fireworks, these items are not toys! They are subject to certain laws in the UK, so make sure for a start you only buy legally safe ones and don’t try to customise them in any way. Nominate someone to be responsible for fireworks and their safety if you are hosting your own display. They should have a dedicated area and the correct equipment for launching them, with a bucket of water and first aid kit on hand, plus all the correct wearable safety gear.

Sparklers are another common feature of bonfire night celebrations, and they’re especially popular with kids, although remember they’re far from harmless! In fact, while it may be close to freezing outside, the tip of a sparkler can easily reach 2,000°C which makes it more than capable of giving you a nasty burn. Again you’ll need a bucket of water nearby to put them out if necessary. It’s essential to always wear gloves when handling sparklers, and never to do so in a crowded area.Continue Reading

Halloween Party Theme Ideas

Hosting a Halloween party this year, or maybe just thinking about it? Maybe you’ve been trying to come up with an unusual theme that’s appropriate for your guests’ age group – it can be just as tricky to find something fun and original that’s suitable for adults as it is for kids! Here are a few ideas that you might not have tried yet…

1) Ghostbusters

After the massive reboot movie that launched worldwide in July, Ghostbusters is cool all over again and this Halloween is the perfect time to take advantage of that. You can turn your house into the iconic team HQ and the guests can be your invading ghosts and monsters! This works especially well with kids if the adults take on the role of the Ghostbusters to keep them under control.

2) Comic Book Heroes/Villains

Always a great costume theme for grown-ups and kids alike because of the vast number of choices out there! You may opt for an exclusive villains theme this year if your friends are fans of Suicide Squad and other movies in the same vein. Harley Quinn and the Joker are favourites to appear at a few parties this October.Continue Reading

Planning a Romantic Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is considered by many to be one of the most romantic date nights of the year. Whether you are single, dating or you are half of a married couple, you’ll want to have a special date night on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to settle for going to an expensive restaurant either. There are many choices to choose from when it comes to romantic date ideas for Valentine’s Day.

One proposal would try recreating your first date or even just one of your favourite dates. Sometimes this is not even an exceptionally costly date, but it can bring back happy memories for the two of you. That first night is the thing that kicked your relationship off developing to where it is at present. Best of all, wherever your first date was, there’s a good chance it will be cheaper and quieter than where most people will be flocking to on February 14th.Continue Reading