Summer is a great season for entertaining. Whether there’s exciting news to celebrate, or you’re just thinking of getting your friends and family round for a spot of al fresco dining, doing something a little bit different can really make your soiree memorable for years to come.
Take Inspiration from the Summer Solstice
Summer solstice is the longest day of the year. This year it was on the 21st of June and in ancient cultures, it heralded the beginning of summer, which is definitely worth a party. Lots of people celebrate the world over, from Swedish ‘midsommar’ dancing, flower-picking and pickled herring to druids witnessing the sunrise at Stonehenge.
Celebrate like the pagans in your own home and hold a gathering, solstice-style. Decorate with your favourite summer flowers (make sure everyone has some in their hair or outfit!) and fresh foods, and when the sun does go down, light a bonfire and celebrate the fiery aspects of the sun.
Throw a Flamingo Party
The ‘tropical’ summer party has been overdone. So instead, go for a pink twist and embrace the flamingo theme! This motif is everywhere at the moment, so it’s the perfect time to hop onboard the trend.
With everything from flamingo themed invitations to piñatas and cocktail stirrers, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Pair the pink of the flamingos with pastels and gold for a beautifully bright colour scheme. You could ask your guests to wear pink, serve pink lemonade and even dish out pink food if you were feeling particularly keen!
Host Your Own Music Festival
Whether it’s inspired by Burning Man where everyone has to turn up like something out of Mad Max, or Secret Garden Party where visitors dress up like fairies, hosting your own festival could be a really fun way of entertaining in your garden.
Set up tents, camping chairs and a stage for bands (or just a projector and your favourite band on the big screen) and serve some traditional festival food and drink – think street food-style burgers and beer. Issue wristbands, choose your headliners and get some plastic cups to really go all out.
Pinkies Up for a Tea Party
For something more quintessentially British, why not hold a sophisticated tea party? Perfect for those with a stiff upper lip and a love for homemade cakes, a tea party harks back to the Victorian era.
Delicate sandwiches balanced on cake stands; tea in a hot floral tea pot, sugar cubes in a bowl and decadent full fat milk; tablecloths, bunting and hats are all necessary for an classic tea party. Later on, serve cake and prosecco and be sure that you don’t embarrass yourself by losing at croquet…
Taco ‘Bout a Fun filled Party
Take the laid-back approach to throwing a party and let your guests construct their own tacos! Instead of making lots of dishes or having a sit-down dinner, lay out all the elements and your loved ones can eat whatever they like, whenever they like. Let them be picky, or greedy, and make their tacos in whatever order takes their fancy. It’s a stress-free way to cater for a guest list of dietary requirements too. Make sure the margaritas are flowing and your garden is decorated in paper pompoms and linens in red, yellow and blue for a bright and beautiful theme.
Have you planned a garden party this summer? We’d love to see your photos on Twitter – whatever the theme! Tweet us @ExpressBifolds. Happy entertaining!