Garden & Outdoor

How To Host the Perfect Garden Party

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Come rain or shine, nothing beats garden parties throughout Spring and Summer. Whether you fancy a picnic or a quintessentially British tea party, it all comes down to creating a relaxing and inviting outdoor atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. To help with your next soiree, we have put together a perfect garden party ideas guide – including tips and tricks on how to impress your guests, so you can be the host with the most.

Before you start:

Prior to creating your garden party set up, there are a few preparations to consider to ensure the smoothest process. A garden party must be good fun for the host, as well as the guests!

1. Safety first

Creating the outdoor space for your garden party may require some DIY. So, before you begin, we advise you to read our DIY Safety Tips guide and always recommend reading the manufacturer’s instructions for your power tools and furniture.

2. Clean your space

Take some time on the days leading up to your event to clean and tidy the outdoor space where you’ll be hosting your garden party. Sweep away any fallen leaves and debris, and deep clean your patio with a pressure washer. Make your life easier by opting for cordless garden power tools with the new Powerbase range.

3. Create a to-do and shopping list

Even the most experienced hosts need top-notch organisation. Whether its food and drink shopping, collecting garden party accessories or activity planning, create plenty of lists to keep track of where you’re at. Now that your space is prepped and ready to set up, check out these garden party ideas to inspire your perfect outdoor get-together.

Choose comfy outdoor furniture

When entertaining outdoors, you need to consider furniture options. No one wants to sit on itchy grass or eat from weather-beaten tables and chairs.

Consider creating an outdoor lounge with a large garden sofa and waterproof cushions, or opt for something more traditional like an outdoor dining set. Create a cosy garden party set up by adding furnishings like throws, outdoor mats and cushions. If you want to add a versatile yet stylish element to the area, a garden chair is the way to go.

Decorate your garden gazebo

With English weather being so unpredictable, let’s not forget about outdoor shelter options ‐ something like a gazebo or awning should do the trick.

Why not create a relaxing, boho vibe with warm-toned string fairy lights draped around the structure? Our Solar Vintage Lightbulb Outdoor String Lights are also a fantastic way to add a magical ambience as the sun goes down, by giving your garden a beautiful evening glow.

Party feasting!

No party is complete without delicious food. A BBQ is always a great garden party idea. No matter your flame preference or party size, we have something for everyone.

Go the extra mile with your garden party table decoration with table linen, lanterns and gorgeous serve ware. Prepping for a big party can feel time consuming with all the chopping and dicing, so save yourself some time by using a food processor instead.

To keep the drinks cool (and avoid constant trips back to the fridge), we’d recommend an ice bucket. Some ice buckets can even double up as another seating area or table space! You could even create your own garden bar – learn how to do so with this handy guide.

Top tip: Check out our BBQ buying guide, BBQ accessories and party checklist here.

Keep your guests warm

In typical British Spring and Summer fashion, temperatures are not always reliable. Think about adding garden heating to your garden party prep, allowing the shindig to run as late into the evening as you’d like – just be mindful of your neighbours!

A firepit or chiminea is a great choice, as both create a space for people to gather around. We love the idea of toasting marshmallows on the crackling flames as a post-dinner treat. Discover our outdoor heating guide for inspiration.

Top tip: Another cosy garden party idea? Make sure each guest is equipped with a fluffy blanket to stay warm as the evening draws in.

Thoughtful extras

When it comes to making everything feel a little more special, it’s important to think about the finishing touches.

To create a relaxing ambience, additions such as a water feature and dotting some hanging baskets filled with beautiful flowers around the garden can really help bring the space to life. If your garden party is to celebrate a super special occasion, browse our range of hot tubs and treat your guests to a spa-themed soiree! Here’s how to transform your garden into an outdoor spa.

Our final garden party idea is a great one for the kids! If you have children attending, kit out an area of your garden with outdoor toys to keep the little ones occupied.

Top tip: Check out our complete guide on getting your garden ready for spring here .

And there you have it, our guide to hosting the perfect outdoor garden party! Make sure you take some pictures and share your garden party ideas over on Instagram, by tagging @homebase_uk.



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