Ten top tips for sunny summer party vibes
Prepare for battle with the British summer
1 - Ensure you have plenty of summer drinks on hand. Cocktails, homemade lemonade, and Pimm's are all definite summer party winners.
2 - Get in a professional BBQer. Everyone loves a BBQ so be sure to have someone on hand to make your summer event a success. This way you'll avoid poisoning everyone and be able to focus on mingling with your guests, rather than being stuck behind the hot coals yourself.
3 - Ice ice baby. Stock up on ice and check that your venue has a very large freezer, ice making facilities, or both. If in doubt, call in the experts. Our friends at Majestic Wine offer a free party service.
4 - Keep it covered. Invest in umbrellas/parasols/gazebos/marquees. You're risking friendships, family bonds, and client relationships without them. Ensure your summer party venue is ready for scorching sun or a mini monsoon. If in doubt, just ask us for help exploring the plethora of fantastic tent and marquee options out there.
5 - Don't forget the ice cream. This is the perfect opportunity to hire a gelato or ice cream van to pop down to your event.
6 - Don't scrimp on seating. Summer parties tend to be long affairs so ensure there are some comfy places for your guests to take a pew.
6 - Music. There are so many fantastic options for live music, so be sure to explore the options with our friends at Encore.
7 - Wifi. Just because your event is outdoors, it doesn't mean you can forget the wifi. It's more important than ever (for booking taxis, playing music through your smartphone, and posting snaps to Facebook), especially in rural locations where 3G is unreliable.
8 - Sun cream. Nobody wants to end up looking like a lobster. Be thoughtful and place some complimentary sun cream in the bathrooms, so that your party guests can avoid feeling the burn.
9 - Water. Make sure that every guest gets some bottled water to take with them on the way home. They'll thank you for it in the morning!
10 - Blankets. For some reason, venues, bars and restaurants haven't yet cottoned on to the idea of providing blankets for outdoor drinking and dining. It's a simple solution if the weather isn't on your side and it avoids everyone huddling under the outdoor heaters.