The warm weather is finally here, and anyone with a summer baby has the wonderful privilege of being able to have a wonderful summer party! You just need a few blankets, some food and you're good to go, right? Well, it might not be that simple...
Here's my top 5 tips on how to ensure your party runs perfectly and has everybody talking- for the right reasons.
1. Location, Location, Location
If you're thinking about having a party outside, chances are you're thinking about having it in your garden- but before you start planning for a garden party, there are a few things you need to bear in mind about your little patch of green first. Is there any open water in your garden? Are there any large stone steps or inclines which could pose a hazard to children? is the garden big enough for the amount of children you want to invite to happily run around in? And finally, is the space fully enclosed and safe for the children? If you're not sure about the answer to one or any of these, it might be time to rethink your party venue.
2. Getting Shady
It's lovely to be out in the sun, but you'd be amazed how quickly a warm day can turn into unbearable heat, especially for children. Plan to have a few gazebos or parasols up in the garden that they can go underneath if the sun does get too much, and have a think about your party timings- if you're planning a late morning party, you might want to make it a bit earlier or switch to late afternoon to avoid that midday sun.
3. Stay Hydrated
If your little ones are running around outside, especially with the excitement of a birthday party, it's very easy for them to get dehydrated quickly. Have water or squash constantly on hand for them, either in jugs or a large mason-style drinks dispenser like this stylish one from Kilner, available at silvermushroom.com
One of the nicest things about garden parties, especially as entertainers, is that you're often given free reign of the garden with the kids, meaning they can really engage with what we're doing and immerse themselves in the experience. Create a relaxed space for adults in your kitchen or a separate area of the garden, so you can enjoy the weather and chat, and the children can have fun with their activities too.
5. Food with attitude
Summer parties are great in terms of experimenting with food a little bit, as the warm weather means you can try out a few unusual recipes and often sneak some fruit in there too! Ice cream and ice lollies always go down a storm as a sweet treat in summer, and with these super simple recipe ideas from Abel & Cole, your little guests will never guess how healthy those delicious treats actually are!
Have a wonderful party whatever you're doing- don't forget, as long as your garden is safe, Poppy's Parties are more than happy to come and entertain at your garden party! Need some ideas or have questions? Give us a call- we love to help out and offer advice!
Love, Poppy x