The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and the school holidays are almost upon - which can mean only one thing. Summer is just around the corner. If you've just moved in to your Lovell home or it's your first summer in your own home, what better way to show off your home to your friends and family by throwing your very own garden party.
Whether it's a small get-together or a big party for the whole family - we've pulled together some great garden party ideas to inspire you for summer, from food to decoration, games and more.
Firstly, keep it simple!
You'll want to impress your guest, but don't forget its your party too - so choose food you can prepare in advance. That way you can spend more time with your guest. The solution - a colourful summer buffet.
If you don't want to be tending to a BBQ whilst your party is in full swing, prepare all your food before-hand. Think colourful salads, vegetable platters and cold meats which are perfect for summer - and will be guaranteed to keep your guests from going hungry. Feel like going the extra mile? Then there are loads of great recipes over on our PINTEREST BOARD.
Give your guests some independence
Set up a drinks station - equipped with glasses, straws, ice and a selection of drinks. That way you guests will be able to help themselves throughout the party - leaving you to entertain your guests without having to run around after them.
Lights are the most simple, yet effective decor choice for any garden party. Think lots of fairy lights - cheap and versatile they'll create a great atmosphere for your party when the suns going down. Plus - you can now buy battery powered lights anywhere making them even easier to display without having to find out those pesky extension cords!
If you want to get a little more creative - nothing says garden party like bunting! It's budget friendly, colourful and if you buy something plain it can always be used again. Or if you're feeling crafty, it's super easy to make yourself. Try your hand at this tutorial.
Having a garden party is a great way to get to know your new neighbours if you haven't already. And what better way to break the ice than good old fashioned party games.
Think team work to get everyone working together by introducing a pub style garden quiz or invest in some garden games like giant jenga! Simple games are usually the best and most entertaining and it means even the kids can get involved.
For more garden party ideas - check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.