What you will need to host a garden party:
- Food (get a mix of vegetarian and meat to suit everyone who is attending)
- A BBQ
- Adorable fairy lights to pop around the garden! (The Range do some adorable ones)
- Lots and lots of booze (or do a BYOB message on Facebook)
- Red cups (to drink the booze out of and play beer pong)
- Garlands (always fun)
- Glow sticks
- Paper plates
- Possibly some chairs and tables (depends how fancy you wanna go)
Start with the food, as pretty much every party needs food. Whether you want to go for traditional BBQ such as sausages, burgers and skewers or a something completely different like a vegetarian alternative such as grilled asparagus and homemade bean burgers it is important to make sure your grill is at the correct temperature. Although you want people to talk about the party you want it to be in a good way and not because they've got food poisoning oops. Also make sure safely grill your meat and keep the meat away from the vegetarian food and you should be good. Everyone knows at a BBQ you need extras a way to keep the costs down for yourself would be to ask everybody to bring something themselves from a pot of coleslaw to some pasta salad or even the sausages. It would be a good idea to get a few tables outside one for the food and another for the drinks and if it is a scorcher of a day grab some buckets and fill them with ice (nobody likes a warm drink).
Next on to the decorations, I would love to create a magical atmosphere for my garden party but you may be totally different. I would cover the garden in pretty fairy lights, give people a garland and glow sticks and just have a fabulous night; I find the atmosphere later on in the night changes as everyone has had a chance to chat a bit more and is full of food. Crack on some tunes and even light a fire if you're feeling adventurous. Smores is the perfect way to end any party!
A few tips:
- Plan in advance (so people will actually turn up)
- Let your neighbours know in advance (keep the peace yo)
- Get everyone to bring something to keep it cheap
- Create a playlist beforehand
- Have a FAAAB night!
BBQ expert Harvester recommends:
- Using The Hand Test to gauge the temperature of the grill if you don’t have a thermometer. Place your open palm about 5 inches above the grill rack. The heat is high if you have to move your hand in 2 seconds, medium if you have to move your hand in 5 seconds, and low if you have to move your hand in 10 seconds. This will come in handy when cooking delicate proteins or vegetables that need a lower heat or starting steaks low and finishing over a high heat.
I hope you enjoyed my tips and have a fab garden party (P.s. there is a bank holiday on the 29th)