Planning and preparation are most important when you are throwing a party. If you want to have your garden looking it’s best for your summer party you need to start your preparation a number of weeks in advance.
Make a list of all the jobs you need to do. For example, paint the wall, treat the garden furniture, and put weed killer on the patio, plant herbs and bedding plants. Make a shopping list so you only have to make one trip to the shops.
Now would be a good time to consider getting new French Doors/Patio Doors or Back Door. Horizon Home Improvements can install a new door in 4 weeks from date of order. We take away all rubbish and leave the place clean and tidy so no worries for your party.
You need to have your plants in for a couple of weeks in order to have them looking their best. If you have them in too long they may be coming to the end of their flowering time.
It is a good idea when having a party to state both a start time and an end time, for example 3-7pm. Next you need to make out your guest list. Your guest list could include all age groups from babies to seniors and this should be reflected in your menu.
Given the unpredictable nature of the Irish weather you should have a plan b to serve your food indoors. Some people may prefer to dine indoors anyway. This is where having French Doors or Sliding Patio Doors are very handy. Guests can easily mingle indoor and outdoor.
If you choose to Barbeque you need to make sure you have enough supplies (gas charcoal) to cook all the food. You need an experienced person in charge of the Barbeque who ensures food is cooked thoroughly. You can part cook food in the oven and finish on the Barbeque. The more preparation you have done in advance the smoother the day will go.
Decide on the crockery, cutlery and glassware you are going to use. It is not a dinner party so everything doesn’t need to match but it is essential that everything is spotless and not chipped. If you haven’t enough of your own stuff consider borrowing from friends or family. There are many companies who offer “party hire”. There is also the option to use disposables but be sure to take into account what you are serving and how practical will it be for your guests to use paper plates.
The main thing is have a plan, know what you are going to do and avoid last minute panic. Plan where you are going to setup the Food and the Bar. Plan your entertainment. Bouncy castle, games, music etc
Get your shopping in early. Many off licences will do sale or return for parties. Choosing dishes that you can prepare in advance are always a good idea. A nice fruity chicken curry could be prepared a couple of days ahead. A honey roast ham could also be prepared in advance and sliced on the day. Keep deserts simple, fresh fruit salad is always good in summer provided you use a good mix of fruit. Flans, Meringues and Trifles are all good options that can be made ahead.
Your guests will arrive through your front door that is the first impression they get of your home. Make sure the area around your door is neat and tidy. Adding some potted greenery or flowers can enhance the front door area. Paint the door if needed or maybe it is just time to replace your tired old front door with a vibrant new composite door. Horizon Home Improvements have a wide range of Front Doors that can be fitted within a few weeks of ordering.
Fresh Cut Flowers in the hallway create a very welcoming atmosphere and set the tone for your party.