We're all to quick to have a moan about the bad weather... but when it comes good it really can be a Great British Summer! So make the most and enjoy the glorious sunshine this summer by hosting a themed summer garden party for your family and friends.
We've created a list of our top 5 themes and provided you some inspiration for for activities, decorations, food and drink. All you need to do now is pick a theme and set a date!
Summer Carnival Garden Party Theme
With tasty treats and timeless fairground activities, this garden party theme has something for all the family. Re-create the fun of the fair with our thrifty ideas.ACTIVITIES
Traditional fairground activities are easy to create at home. Why not create your own coconut shy or skittle alley? Save up empty tin cans, wash them out and cover them in bright wrapping paper. Then stack them up and you have your very own tin-can knock down game for your guests to enjoy.FOOD & DRINK
Keeping food simple will allow you less time preparing food and more time to enjoy spending time with your guests. Feed your family and friends with hot dogs and serve candy floss and popcorn as sweet treats.GET THE LOOK
Working with a limited colour palette ensures that your party looks both stylish and well thought out. Stick to red and white for your main items and accessorise with another primary colour for a nostalgic look. Striped paper bags filled with sweets make great prizes for the games or as party favours.
Mexican Fiesta Summer Garden Party Theme
The bright colours of Mexico make a Fiesta theme perfect for your summer garden party. Get into the party spirit with our top tips. Sombreros at the ready!ACTIVITIES
Make sure your party has a pinata as its centrepiece. You can buy one from most party stores or if you’re feeling creative you can always make your own. Using paper mache, cover a balloon in layers of paper strips, using glue or paste. Wait for it to dry and decorate with crepe paper for an authentic look. Cut a small hole, big enough to fill your pinata with sweets and then cover.FOOD & DRINK
Keep the food simple with traditional dishes; such as nachos and fajitas or tacos, with fillings in separate bowls allowing guests to help themselves. For drinks, serve up margaritas made from traditional Mexican tequila and pink lemonade for the kids.GET THE LOOK
Gardens with vibrant colours and exotic planting make the perfect location for this theme. Use cacti and succulents as table decorations - they can also be given to guests as party favours at the end of the night.
1920s Great Gatsby Lawn Party Theme
Jay Gatsby has been charming the nation since the release of Baz Luhrmann's newest adaptation of Fitzgerald’s novel. Take inspiration from the party man himself and host an event that oozes the elegance and sophistication of the Jazz Age.
FOOD & DRINK
Treat your guests to Gatsby inspired cocktails. The Gin Rickey is claimed to be Fitzgerald’s favourite cocktail, and is perfect for when you’re reclining on a vintage inspired sunlounger. To recreate, place three or four ice cubes in a highball glass and squeeze over the juice of half a lime. Add 60ml of gin and top with soda, before finishing by adding in the empty lime half.
Or why not try Daisy’s favourite twenties tipple, the Mint Julep. In a highball glass, muddle together a teaspoon of sugar, a splash of water and a handful of mint leaves. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add 60ml of bourbon and stir. Garnish with a few more mint leaves.GET THE LOOK
Costumes are where your Gatsby garden party will really come to life. For the ladies, elegant and feminine dresses, strings of pearls and glittering headbands are a must. Male guests should take inspiration from Leoardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Gatsby in impeccable tailoring and blush pink suits.
Truly Great British Tea Party Theme
This garden party theme can be whimsical and elegant at the same time. It is perfect for anniversaries or girly get togethers for guests of all ages. Why not make your party a charity event by getting involved with Marie Curie's Blooming Great Tea Party.FOOD & DRINK
Picnic foods complement this theme fantastically. Serve up quintessentially British cucumber sandwiches with a classic Victoria sponge, meringues and cream scones for an indulgent party meal.GET THE LOOK
As for decorating your garden, bunting and country-style blooms are a must. Fairy lights create a magical ambiance that will enchant your guests. For your table, source mismatched vintage crockery from charity shops and car boot sales for a shabby chic look. Ornate bistro sets are a delicate garden furniture solution and are perfect for this garden party theme.
James Bond Casino Summer Party Theme
Thrill your guests with a James Bond theme. The perfect Bond party needn’t be a Top Secret affair with our party advice.ACTIVITIES
Casino game sets are available online and you can also hire out game tables and dealers. Protect your guests and their entertainment from the elements but putting up a gazebo in your garden. Not only is this a practical solution but it will also add to the luxurious feel of your garden party.FOOD & DRINK
Martinis are the obvious choice of drinks for this theme. Consider hiring an experienced bartender to recreate Bond’s own invention, the Vesper for added authenticity. In Casino Royale, Bond asks for the following: “Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.”GET THE LOOK
Prepare your guests by sending out invitations in Top Secret files. Have a black tie dress code too. A monochrome colour scheme will look cool and sophisticated, just like Bond himself!