It’s going to be a party kind of weekend around here. The Drama Queen is heading out to her first real “school” friends birthday party, every other party has been a relative or friend of the family, so this one is just a little bit exciting for her. Mr Perfect and I are also headed out to a party. We’re on different ends of the spectrum, The Drama Queen will be celebrating a very auspicious 4th birthday, while we will be partying down for a major 4-0 milestone. Both will be equally loud, probably silly and definitely heaps of fun.
Unfortunately we are in the midst of a very chilly Sydney winter, so we probably won’t be enjoying much of a garden party, though it is something that I would like to design for in our courtyard. Garden parties in spring and summer are a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors, friends and family and good food and wine. They are perfect for little girl’s birthdays and also for the big kids!
To ensure your garden space is party ready in spring, there’s a few key components that should be included to make sure you have the space and the setting right.
Space – you need to leave enough room to set out some picnic blankets or garden tables. This doesn’t have to be lawn, unfortunately not all of us have the space to afford a lawn, or the time to maintain it! It can be paving or concrete, but you need enough room to both sit down and move around.
Shade – is really nice to have in summer and the warmer spring days. You can get this through trees or structures, but if you don’t have the opportunity to provide permanent shade, don’t dismay, there are some great ways of creating temporary shade. Gazebos, tents or just fabric strung up between trees or poles, can create fantastic atmosphere.
Personality – bright, subdued, formal, fluid, your garden reflects your style, and so should your parties. You can dress up a garden into a party space if you have the basic bare bones. It is fantastic to have the ability to string bunting, shade, lights or other decorations. Garden beds can house decoration and lights, and tables or picnic blankets provide opportunity to really set the scene.
Light – remember if you want to continue into the night you need to allow for electric or candle light to be provided. This could mean that you need electricity connection to be provided.
Most of all you needs the friends and family to give the party heart!