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Rustic Garden Party Ideas

We have all been endlessly dreaming of parties for months and months. Hopefully this summer we will all be able to finally come together again to celebrate with friends and family, after too long apart. Never have parties been more wished for, so what better time than now to start planning your special celebration. A rustic garden party is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face. We have found a collection of fun and simple ideas, showing you how to hold a fabulous rustic garden party with little effort and maximum enjoyment. After all, the host deserves to enjoy the party as much as anyone!!

Setting the Scene

Simple wood tables, pallets and hay bales provide perfect furniture for a rustic garden party. If chairs are in short supply, you could use pallets for your table, scattering cushions around the base. Super informal and looks so pretty. Haybales also provide seating, either dotted around the garden, or arranged in a sofa style formation. Throws and blankets draped over the backs of the bales are a beautiful decoration, plus come in handy later in the evening when the sun goes down!

Twinkly lights are a MUST if your garden party is due to carry on through the evening. They create the most fabulous atmosphere, especially if accompanied by of a campfire or firepit. Only problem is your guests will never want to leave!

Decorating your garden

There are some fabulous companies who hire out some larger wooden decorations, such as @woodeshedeventhire, if you are looking for a statement birthday number or name. Equally, you can easily decorate your own garden, using wooden boards, simple bunting and sweetly made jars of flowers. You don’t need to be a pro florist to create these pretty little posies. Have a go, and you will be so proud of your little creations. You can also use simple flowers or herbs to decorate napkins at the table, plus adding candles to jars and vases adds to the twinkly affect.

Party Drinks

There are some brilliantly clever ways to elevate the simple welcome drink, by displaying them in a rustic fashion. Wheelbarrows filled with ice are perfect for keeping bottles of beer, champagne and wine cool, and look fabulous and fun. Drinks stations also work well, offering a selection of different fruits and extras for the guest to pimp up their drinks. By preparing these before guests arrive, it means they can help themselves, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the party

Feeding the Party Guests

Once again, keep it simple! Get ahead and prep the food before the guests arrive by choosing a grazing table, offering a variety of cheeses, meats, breads etc. Equally, a selection of pizzas and salads works well. And who can beat the classic BBQ!

Fun and Games

It's always a good idea to have a few relaxed activities at a garden party, especially for the younger guests to enjoy. Boules, croquet and skittles are just a few of the easy games which work well in the garden. Pop up popcorn stands or ice cream parlours are also a huge hit with children, who can get involved in designing their own perfect ice cream sundae or flavoured popcorn.

Whatever party you choose, be sure to enjoy every moment. Sit back and smile, while watching your guests enjoying the environment you have so lovingly created, laughing and catching up with each other after months apart.

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