How To Host The Perfect Garden Party

The perfect garden party is a challenge to host. You want it to be memorable and enjoyable, but not too much work for you either! It can feel like a balancing act – do you focus on food? Drinks? Music? Decorations? In this blog post, we’ll give you tips on how to make your next garden party the best one yet!

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#1 Have refreshing drinks ready

The first thing your guests want when they arrive is something to drink. Make sure you have a variety of drinks available but remember that there should be some non-alcoholic options as well! Your drinks don’t need to cost a fortune either – homemade lemonade or iced tea are easy and inexpensive ways to make your party stand out from the rest. In addition, be sure to have plenty of ice on hand! Nobody wants a warm drink on a hot day.

Homemade Lemonade Recipe


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • juice of two lemons


  • Combine the sugar and water in a small pot over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and let simmer for one minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • In a pitcher, combine lemon juice and syrup (you may need more or less depending on how sweet you like your lemonade). Add cold water and stir well. Serve over cubes. Enjoy!

You might also want to ensure you provide a range of other refreshing beverages, so that people’s various tastes are attended to. For instance, most people would agree that for it to be the perfect garden party, you will need to ensure that you provide some alcohol. That doesn’t mean you need to go overboard, but just having some Stanley Park beer in the house could be a good idea. This will ensure that everyone is much happier with what is provided.

If you can remember that, you’re going to have a much better garden party for everyone involved.

#2 Create a playlist

Everyone has their own music tastes, so make sure you have a variety to choose from. You don’t need the latest pop songs – an eclectic playlist is much more fun for everyone! You can also consider hiring a DJ if your party will be bigger than 30 people or so. They are typically very affordable and take care of all the hard work for you!

#3 Prepare most of the food beforehand

You don’t want to spend all of your time in the kitchen, so make sure you prepare most of the food beforehand – you could even utilize handy tools like a Charcoal Chimney Starter if you want to speed things up even more. If you’re having a lot of people over (50 or more), consider hiring some help for serving and clean-up! Simply shopping at bulk stores like Costco is also a great way to save money on party food while still offering enough variety.

Suppose your guests are enjoying their drinks outside. In that case, it may not be worth worrying about glassware either – paper cups are often more manageable if there’s no designated “outdoor” area near where they’ll be standing/sitting.

#4 Enjoy Yourself!

An essential part of any party is making sure you have a good time! If you’re stressed out, your guests will be too. So take the time to relax and enjoy yourself – after all, it’s your party! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Friends and family are usually more than happy to pitch in!

Now that you know how to host the perfect garden party, get planning! And be sure to let us know how it goes. We would love to hear about your success (or even your mistakes – we’re all learning here!).

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Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton is the Chief Blogger and Editor of He founded in 2013 to provide information about LGBTQ friendly events of interest, and to support LGBTQ entertainers and supportive artists who visit our community. Earle is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest with a long history of support for and involvement in, the Northwest LGBTQ community. His personal interests include: music, theater, pets, culinary arts and technology.

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