Every year the Queen hosts her famous Garden Parties. Only a select few are bestowed a ticket to this prestigious event. If your invitation seems to have been lost in the post, then why not recreate your own version of an alfresco festivity.

10 – More tea, vicar?

Tea

Tea

You can still make it a royal affair. Prepare a selection of triangle sandwiches: tuna and cucumber and smoked salmon and cream cheese. Finger food such as mini sausage rolls and scotch eggs and scones with clotted cream and jam to follow. Maybe swap tea for champagne and cold beers!

09 – Throw another shrimp on the barbie

BBQ

BBQ

If fussy food just won’t cut it, then how about opting for the traditional BBQ? Offer salads and pastas for a lighter option. You can even try barbequed halloumi cheese and sweetcorn for veggie alternatives. And for a sweet treat go for delicious barbequed chocolate bananas.

08 – Please be seated

Garden Furniture

Garden Furniture

Having enough tables to put drinks on could actually minimise the likeliness of breakages, and prevent soggy burgers being tossed into the geraniums.

07 – Disco fever

Violins

Violins

Set the ambience with classical violins, or maybe 80’s anthems are more to your taste? Whatever you choose, music is a great way to create atmosphere. You may have some friends who are dying to showcase their musical talents, so get them involved!

06 – Garden delights

Corn

Corn

Encourage an abundance of wildlife into your garden before the party. You can impress the guests and let them know that the sweetcorn now smouldering on the BBQ is grown less than a few meters away.

05 – Get shady

Garden Parties

Garden Party

Everyone wants to make the most of the sunshine, but think about all your guests’ needs. It’s a wise idea to have a shaded area where people can retreat if it is too hot. Some lucky people have a summerhouse or a shed or garage they can use.

04 – Take shelter

Shelter

Shelter

A gazebo is a good option. The great British weather is notoriously unpredictable, it helps to be prepared, having access to some sheltered space, should the heavens open.

03 – Set the tone

Garden Party (2)

Garden Party (2)

Hang fairy lights and decorate the tables, or place floating candles in your pond, to create a sultry ambience when the sun has disappeared.

02 – Kids play

For Kids

For Kids

Invest in a paddling pool, party games and hot dogs for the kids, this will keep the children entertained and wear them out so the adults are free to party into the night.

01 – Set the date

Invitations

Invitations

Send out invitations well in advance. And encourage people to bring an item of food or a bottle of booze so you have a well stocked table of goodies. To prevent the neighbours grassing you up to the local council at midnight, invite them over and get to know them. The more the merrier!

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