How to Host a Royal Garden Party

With the anticipation of the next royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle growing ever stronger, we’ve turned our thoughts to how we’ll be celebrating the occasion! There are already a number of fantastic events happening all over the country, but we think it’s the perfect excuse to get your friends and family together for the first garden party of the year – if the weather allows. If you’re considering hosting your very own royal garden party for this wedding or for any other occasion this summer, we’ve got a guide to help you plan to perfection!

A royal garden party with afternoon tea

1. Invitations

The first step is to create an invitation for all your guests to let them know the time, date and location of your party. The royal wedding will take place on May 19th, 2018, and the viewing will begin at 12pm, so you may arrange your event around these particulars. You may also wish to state a dress code (appropriately regal if you wish) and ask about any dietary requirements to save yourself some hassle in the future. The invitations should be sent out as early as possible to maximise attendance numbers.

2. Food & Drinks

Next on the preparations list is planning an essential part of the day; the food and drink. We think that afternoon tea is a wonderful option and caters to all tastes. Your platters can include finger sandwiches, fruit tarts, savoury pastries and of course, some delicious scones with cream and jam. You may also wish to bake a very special cake as a centrepiece, opting for a classic Victoria sponge, something with a citrus twist or a chocolate extravaganza. Check out our picnic preparation guide to find some of our favourite recipes that are perfect for an afternoon tea!

You’ll need plenty of refreshing beverages to wash all the delicious treats down with, therefore, we recommend a fruity summer punch, some homemade lemonade, and for the adults, a few bottles of champagne or prosecco would certainly go down well! Why not invest in our celebration champagne basket for the day that can hold up to four bottles and comes with 12 free glasses? The addition of a classic cup of tea will always be a favourite on this kind of occasion, appropriately served from fine china teapots and teacups where possible.

3. Seating

The seating you chose will often depend on the size of your space and the number of guests in attendance. Folding chairs and tables can be covered in cloth to add elegance for serving food, and blankets laid on the floor will make the day feel like a truly British day of summer. You may also want to consider putting up a marquee, just in case of a downpour, and to offer some shelter if the sun does decide to shine!

4. Decorations

Hosting a party in a garden can often take out a lot of the work as the natural greenery, plants and flowers found outdoors offer a perfect setting. However, adding some of your own touches such as bunting, fresh cut flowers, and British flags will make it extra special. A photo booth section is always a fun activity, and you can include paper accessories such as tiaras, fascinators, glasses and glamorous jewellery to add some fun into the images.

5. Entertainment

If you’re going to be showing the televised screening of the royal wedding, it will be available on a number of channels including the BBC, Sky News and ITV. After this, you may wish to switch to a suitably regal playlist to keep the spirits high long into the evening. You could also consider playing some games such as a quiz on the royal family (with prizes), Royal Wedding bingo during the live show or offer an award to the guest with the best wedding hat!

6. Gifts

Sticking with the wedding theme, why not send each guest home with a little memento of your party! These could be in the form of small wedding favours or even Polaroid pictures taken in your makeshift photo booth! Alternatively, if you’ll be attending someone else’s garden party, it’s wise to bring along a gift of your own, this could be in the form of food and drink or could be one of our fantastic range of shooting gifts!

7. Kids Area

If there will be kids attending your events, then it is wise to have a space set up with entertainment for the day. This can include a snack table, colouring pens, outdoor games and a natural craft area! You could even print out some tiara, crown, dress and suit templates and get them to design their very own royal wedding outfit.

8. Evening Events

If your party will continue after the hours of the sun, you may also consider jars filled with fairy lights, candles, blankets and other sources of light and warmth to create a cosy atmosphere. Tea lights in jars and mugs look wonderful and will add to the ambience.

Will you be hosting a royal garden party this year? We’d love to hear about your plans and see any photographs so please share them with us via social media!

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