Enjoying a beautiful garden is not just for the daylight hours. Gardens are made to be filled with the laughter and love of good friends. They’re a place to create happy memories! When the weather turns balmy and we don’t have to run inside for fear of catching frostbite as the sun goes down, our perennials and annuals are usually showing their brightest and most bold colours.
Has your part of the world begun to open up again after a year of quarantine? If so, you may be starting to think about inviting guests to a backyard garden party! Why not reward yourself for all those hours toiling away in the dirt by inviting a few (or many) friends over to de-stress and enjoy an evening backyard garden party. This list provides some of the essentials to guarantee a successful post-lockdown garden party!
Here’s What Every Garden Party Must Have:
Where would your guests be without some glowing ambiance to light their way? There are traditional ways to light your garden for a party, such as twinkle lights and fire pits. However, there are also fantastic and unique ways that will have your friends ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your creative flair.
Try painting some of your garden containers with glow in the dark paint. Several paint manufacturers are now producing easy to apply glow in the dark spray paint that charges with the sunlight. It emits a warm glow when the lights go down.
And let’s not forget safety! Applying this paint to your walkways and paving stones will lead the way to the party and help keep your plants from being trampled by marking garden boundaries clearly.
Decorate With a Herbaceous Table Setting
Any host can place a beautiful floral centrepiece on a table and call it a day. However, the most thoughtful host will consider the context of the affair. Not every person wants to mingle the smell of delicious food with possibly incompatible flower scents. Consider placing tiny pots of herbs along the centre of your table to compliment your savoury delicacies with the scent of fresh and herbaceous edibles.
Watch Out for Bugs
Creepies, crawlies and all manner of flying insect can ruin an evening outdoors faster than you can say deet. Place citronella candles along the outside perimeter of your party, in case you need to drive off uninvited guests. Great decorative solutions for this include candles placed in mason jars that can hang from a sturdy tree or fence, and tiki torches filled with citronella oil. Bonus points if you can use the above tip for table settings and place jars full of basil as your centrepieces, as basil will help ward off many types of bugs that would threaten to ruin your fun.
The right cocktails (or mocktails) add that certain extra something to a summer get-together. Especially when they’re made from ingredients out of your own garden! Set the tone with small containers bursting with blooms, bright arrangements, floral tablecloths, and these fantastic cocktails featuring edible flowers.
Nothing gets a garden party started like games that take full advantage of your outdoor living space! Engage in some friendly competition with classic lawn games like bocce, lawn darts, or croquet. Or, try newer games such as cornhole, Kubb, or stacking towers. These are all fun options for guests of all ages!
After the sun goes down, party guests always enjoy congregating around a fire (even in summer). Outdoor fires add warmth, intimacy and radiant, glowing ambience to your garden party. As it turns out, there are many different options for outdoor heating. From old-fashioned fire pits and dishes, to chimineas or gas-fed fireplaces, you’re sure to find a great accompaniment to your outdoor space.
Garden Photo Booth
There’s no better way to document your happy get-togethers than having your own photo booth! Sure, everyone carries a camera with them everywhere they go these days, but not many people have a photo booth. Encourage your guests to capture fun times with a DIY booth, props and your garden as a backdrop.
I hope this list gives you some good ideas for making your next garden party truly memorable. Check out this post for more tips on throwing a budget-friendly garden party!