To get the ultimate festival atmosphere, think about setting up an outdoor speaker system and creating a designated dance floor in your garden. Once your guests are all danced out, they’ll appreciate a BBQ where they can grab some food – without having to queue for an hour! Hanging chairs and hammocks make great places to chill out, and because rain is inevitable at a British festival, a gazebo or marquee tent can provide some much-needed shelter. You could even sleep outside for the full festival experience.
A night at the movies can be the perfect relaxed evening with friends. To set up your very own cinema in your garden, you’ll need a projector, a screen, some bean bags to sink into and, of course, copious amounts of popcorn. You could even get in character with some fancy dress, or try serving some food from the film.
Hawaiian luau party
Get your hula on with a classic Hawaiian luau party. You can create a tropical atmosphere by lining paths with outdoor lanterns and setting up a tiki-themed garden bar to serve coconut cocktails. You could even add a hot tub and fire pit for guests to warm up once the sun goes down. Providing party-goers with grass skirts, flower garlands and Hawaiian shirts will transport them to Maui, even if the weather isn’t quite so convincing.
What’s more quintessentially British than a good old picnic? We recommend packing a basket full to the brim with classic food and drink – like homemade lemonade, cucumber sandwiches, pork pies, and strawberries and cream. Why not throw down a picnic blanket and grab some outdoor cushions to get nice and comfy? You could even hang some pretty fairy lights for a magical atmosphere when the evening draws in.
If sitting on the grass isn’t your idea of fun, but you still want a summer garden party, why not set up a fancy outdoor dining table and make things a little more formal? You can give your garden an elegant ambiance by using beautifully laid-out dinnerware, flowers in vases and pretty tea lights. You might want to add some sophisticated fun to the evening with outdoor games and a cocktail bar for after-dinner drinks.
A vibrant Mexican theme is perfect for some garden entertainment. Try hanging a pinata full of goodies, adding brightly coloured party decorations, like paper pom-poms and balloons, and serving up a feast of tacos, burritos, guacamole and salsa. You could even install a photo booth, with classic props like sombreros and ponchos, so your guests have summery memories to look back on in the depths of winter. This theme is perfect for kids, too.
If your friends are cake lovers, you could ask them to bake a cake and throw an al fresco, bake-off-style party. Consider setting up a display table complete with cake stands, printed tablecloths, bright bunting and vintage chinaware. You could even add a chalkboard to let everyone know who baked what (so yours isn’t mistaken for the dry Victoria sponge).
So there your have it, 7 classic garden entertaining ideas. Why not head over to Gumtree and stock up on all the garden party supplies you need?
For tips on how to prepare your garden space for entertaining, head over to our garden hacks article on how to create the perfect retreat.