How to host the ultimate bank holiday garden party!

From fire pit recipes to tasty cocktails…

With searches for ‘weather for bank holiday weekend’ increasing by 550% over the last few weeks*, the August bank holiday tends to feel like our last opportunity to take advantage of summer, so if you’re not at a festival or away for a long weekend, what better way to spend it than throwing the ultimate garden party!

Interior and exterior experts VonHaus have put together a fool-proof guide on how to throw a garden party, no matter what the weather. So, what is the key to a successful garden soiree? 

What you need to host an all-weather garden party

Hosting a garden party can be stressful at the best of times and the unpredictable British weather can add an extra level of uncertainty. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you have the right equipment and appliances to keep your guests entertained, happy and dry.

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Grab yourself a gazebo

For any British outdoor party, one of the most important pieces of equipment to have set up and ready to go is your gazebo. Great for keeping glaring sun off your guests, it also serves as a rain shelter should you experience a period of downpour mid-party.

Set up your gazebo where the sun doesn’t hit your garden, so that your guests can make the most of the good weather whilst also having the option for some covered shade. Ensure that your gazebo is properly secure when setting up to minimise the risk of it blowing away should the winds pick up throughout your party.

Finally, make sure that your gazebo space is big enough to cover the number of guests you have attending, so that everyone can stay dry and continue to party whatever the weather.

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Fire pits are a must-have

The next must-have item on your list is an outdoor fire pit. Whilst it can be a lot of fun enjoying the British weather in the daytime, the chilly temperatures can roll in faster than you realise once the sun has gone down. Place fire pits and outdoor heaters around your garden to keep the party alive.

Make sure that your fire pits are positioned in an open space and away from equipment including your gazebo and other indoor spaces to prevent the risk of accidents. Most importantly, if you choose to use a fire pit, make sure that you keep an eye on the younger party guests and ensure that they stay away from the fire pit at all times.

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Make the most of your outdoor seating

If you’re inviting many guests, there’s not always going to be a spare seat for everyone. A great way of adding extra seating space, without your garden looking cramped with chairs, is by preparing two to three picnic blankets around your green space. Your picnic blankets can be transferred to the gazebo, should the weather turn grey.

Bring out the barbecue

The final practical piece you need at any garden party is a barbecue setup.

Ensure that your cooking equipment is well ventilated should you want to cook under the protection of your gazebo. If the weather is too much for your barbecue, make sure you have a plan B, and cook your food in your kitchen before serving it outside.

When adding the finishing touches, hang decorative bunting and outdoor hanging lights from your gazebo, fences, and trees to enhance the party atmosphere. Complete your outdoor party with tunes to match the vibe, and host a round of games for the younger (and older!) guests of the party to enjoy.

Emily Caloe, Senior Buyer at VonHaus, said: “The British weather is unpredictable at the best of times, which means hosting outdoor parties can be a challenge. Make sure you’ve got a plan B for if the weather suddenly turns.

“A gazebo is a fantastic addition to any British outdoor party. They are so versatile for keeping the party alive when the weather has different plans. They also keep guests away from the house, so any after-party mess is contained in one space.

“Of course, it goes without saying that you need to ensure your equipment is set-up and working properly before the party begins. Make sure any fire pits are kept in a safe place and out of reach of little ones attending your event. It’s also important to ensure your larger pieces ofoof equipment, such as your gazebo, are tied down so there is minimised risk of the weather causing any accidents.”

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