As the weather gets warmer, many of us start to dream of hosting outdoor parties in our gardens. Whether you’re planning a casual get-together with friends or a more formal gathering, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your party is a success. Here are five things to consider as you plan to host a party in your garden.
1. The Size of Your Garden
When deciding whether or not to host a party in your garden, one of the first things you’ll need to consider is the size of your space. If you have a small garden, you may need to limit the number of guests you invite to avoid feeling cramped. On the other hand, if you have a large garden, you may be able to accommodate a bigger group. You can consider having your graduation party in your garden as you only need to rent some chairs, tables, and canopies for extra shade.
If you’re not sure how many people your garden can comfortably accommodate, err on the side of caution and invite fewer guests than you think you can fit. It’s always better to have too much space than too little.
2. The Layout of Your Garden
Another important factor to consider is the layout of your garden. Take a look at your space and decide where you want guests to congregate. You’ll need to make sure there’s enough room for people to move around comfortably and that there aren’t any obstacles in the way (e.g., large tree roots, stepping stones, etc.). If you have a patio or deck in your garden, this is usually the best spot to set up tables and chairs for your guests.
Another thing to remember is that you’ll need to create a path for guests to follow when they arrive. This can be as simple as putting out a few lawn chairs or setting up a rope light along the edge of your garden.
3. The Weather
Of course, the weather is one of the most important things to consider when planning an outdoor party. You’ll need to keep an eye on the forecast in the days leading up to your event and be prepared for any potential weather changes. If there’s a chance of rain, you may consider renting a tent or setting up a tarp to provide shelter for your guests.
For hot weather, be sure to have plenty of cold drinks on hand and consider setting up a fan or two to keep guests cool. You may also want to provide sunscreen and bug spray for guests to use as needed.
4. Deep Cleaning the Exterior of Your Home
If you’re going to be inviting people over, you’ll want to make sure your home is presentable. This means giving the exterior of your house a good cleaning. Wash any dirt and grime off of windows, doors, and siding. Power wash your deck or patio if necessary. While at it, do not forget to visually inspect your siding and foundation. It helps you catch problems such as cracks before they become bigger issues. If you find any issues be sure to have them fixed right away. Research shows you will pay around $4,640 to repair foundation issues.
You should also take a look at your landscaping and make sure everything is trimmed and looking neat. Mow your lawn, pull weeds, and trim any overgrown bushes or trees. If you have flower beds, be sure to rake up any dead leaves or debris.
Last but not least, clear any clutter from your porch or patio. This includes things like bikes, lawn chairs, and garden tools. You want your guests to have plenty of space to move around without tripping over anything.
5. Your Budget
The typical American has about $38,000 in debt, excluding mortgages. So, one of the first things you need to do when planning a party is to figure out how much money you can realistically spend. Make a list of all the potential expenses for your party and give each item a realistic price tag. This will help you stay on track as you start making decisions about food, drinks, decorations, etc.
These tips should help you plan the perfect party in your garden. Just remember to start planning early, so you have plenty of time to prepare everything. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself. After all, it’s your party.