Barbeques and garden parties are a summertime staple; the atmosphere is chilled, the drinks are flowing, and you have a fantastic opportunity to relax in the sun and catch up with your loved ones.
There’s no rush, and no pressure — unless you’re hosting that is!
While it is the people who really do make the party, if you’re hosting you naturally feel the extra pressure to ensure everyone is having a great time. So, if you’re thinking of throwing a garden party or firing up the barbeque, we’ve put together a number of tips and tricks to guarantee an event that your guests will be buzzing about all summer!
Utilise your space
The first thing to consider when planning a summer barbeque is space — will you have enough room for all your guests? There’s nothing worse than guests awkwardly hovering around with nowhere to sit, so make sure you’re fully prepared with all the emergency chairs you can gather together!
Think about where the sun will hit at various points throughout the day and evening, and be strategic with your seating — extra rugs and cushions laid out on the grass will provide more opportunities for your guests to bask in the sun. Cater for everyone with both shaded and sunny seating areas, and both indoor and outdoor spaces to help create a relaxed, flowing feel between the house and the garden.
Plan a playlist
Music can make or break the mood. Think about all your guests and their tastes, and create a playlist that will appeal to the group at large.
The right music can lend itself to the perfect ambience, so keep it cheerful and energetic during the day, then create a chilled out evening playlist to help your guests unwind after sundown.
Food and drinks
At any party, the food is a key element. When it comes to a summer BBQ, the food can make or break the event!
Hot dogs and burgers are a BBQ classic, but a selection of nibbles are a must to keep the party going. Ask your guests to bring along snacks and create a buffet that can be grazed on throughout the event — paper plates and fun napkins required!
Drinks are also a summer garden party must. Create a large non-alcoholic summertime punch to keep everyone hydrated, and ensure you have plenty of buckets with ice stationed outside. This will keep your guests beverages cool in the sun without the need to constantly nip backwards and forwards to the fridge.
Decorate your space
When it comes to decorating for a summer BBQ or garden party, the little touches can make all the difference.
First things first — make sure you have a completely clean and tidy garden. Once you’re done with your general cleaning, you can have fun decorating for your guests. From bunting and flowers to strings of fairy lights, garden accessories are the perfect way to ‘wow’ your guests.
Dress for the occasion
And finally, once your home and garden are fully prepared, it’s time to think about what to wear for the event!
The key to a casual BBQ ensemble is comfort, but this doesn’t have to mean a compromise on style. Think floaty summer dresses for a feminine finish, or a casual tee teamed with relaxed denim shorts. When it comes to your footwear, keep it simple, stylish and practical with a pair of flat sandals.
We all know sandals are a summertime staple, making them the perfect option to complete your summer BBQ look. Whether you’re wanting to keep it fashion-forward with a fun mustard sandal or you’re wanting to inject some glitz and glamour into your look with embellished sandals, here are our top summer BBQ footwear picks at Moda in Pelle;
Of course, that’s just a glimpse into the stunning collection of women’s flat sandals we have to offer. For more, be sure to explore our full women’s sandals collection, where you can discover styles to suit all your summertime occasions!