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13 Tips For Throwing The Ultimate Party

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UPDATED JULY 2017

The longer, warmer days call for all kinds of al fresco fun. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or just gathering the troops for a barbecue, here’s how to host the ultimate party…

Bring Out The Canapés

Don’t want to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen? Canapés are simple to rustle up and can be made in advance, which means you’ll have more time to entertain your guests. Serve on wooden boards or slate platters to really impress. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board of culinary treats.

Forget Fancy Pudding

Don’t bother with fancy desserts — brownies dusted with icing sugar and served with raspberries will go down just as well. Or, if you’ve got a real sweet tooth, Eton Mess takes all of two minutes – we won’t tell anyone the meringues are shop-bought.

Hire A Bartender

Bring in a professional bartender with a cocktail making kit, ready to mix up fresh, summery concoctions that are guaranteed to impress. Hire Coxtails for your next event and your guests will undoubtedly be impressed – and probably a little tipsy.

Remember The Rosé

A summer party wouldn’t be complete without a glass of crisp rosé. And with Aldi’s Côtes de Provence Rosé recently ranked as one of the best affordable wines in the world, you can grab an expert-recommended bottle for less than £6. Or, if you really want to push the boat out, invest in a few magnums. It might even work out cheaper, and it definitely looks cooler.

Go For Street Food

If you want to serve something a little more substantial than finger food, serve up a selection of fuss-free street food. Set up a build-your-own taco station or opt for posh hot dogs with tangy relish. Team your street food of choice with something spoiling to drink – Champagne cocktail anyone? Head to a street food market for a little research ahead of the big event. Or just order a platter from Social Pantry and they’ll do all the hard work for you.

On a Similar Note

Create Photo Ops

Ensure your party is Instagram-ready with some carefully-curated props. Giant paper corsages and lanterns make the perfect backdrop for photos. And don’t forget a bucket of strategically-placed sparklers for post-sundown snaps.

Adorn With Decorations

You don’t have to blow the budget, but a centrepiece on a table will go down a treat. Lemons look lovely (and come in handy for G&Ts) as does foliage spread across the table. Or keep it chic with some colourful hydrangeas.

Serve Summer Cocktails

A must at any party – make yours memorable by adding a summery twist. Try Prosecco mixed with elderflower, mint, lime and lots of ice.

Use Luxe Lighting

Add atmosphere by clustering lanterns together or lining your outdoor space with pretty tea lights for when the sun goes down. Hang lanterns from trees in the garden or scatter them throughout — IKEA does some pretty star-shaped ones that won’t break the bank.

Order In Boozy Popsicles

These boozy Calipo-style popsicles are made from 37% real Champagne and contain only 52 calories. And for a real summer treat, order in Pimm’s popsicles – trust us, they’re delicious.

Make A Playlist

For any good party, music is a must. Set up a sound system to play some chilled House for an Ibiza vibe. Or if in doubt, make a Spotify playlist that you can play in the background – that way you won’t have to worry about changing the tracks.

Start Early

The best bit about a summertime bash is you can start the early. Get the gang over late afternoon to raise glasses of rosé until the sun goes down.

Fill Them Up

Number one party tip: keep the flutes freely flowing. Party guests are rarely happier than when they’ve got a full glass in hand.

 

Inspiration Credits: AndeeLayne.com, CatchMyParty.com, SamGibsonWeddings.co.uk, TheWeddingRow.com, UrbanOutfitters.com, OliveMagazine.com
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