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Summer is in full swing and whether you live by the water or not, you can definitely host a beach party. It’s the perfect occasion to bring together all the great elements of the beach and more: think mermaids and funky props that will transport you to a different world.

Beach Party Moodboard

My take on a beach party is pastels pastels pastels: lots of lilacs, blues, pinks and minty greens, which modernise classic seaside elements. Deckchairs are the obvious seating choice, but opt for either sturdy, traditional striped ones, or more delicate, fashion-forward ones with original fabrics. The code word here is pretty: you want every detail to be picture perfect and an embodiment of summer spirit. For decoration, go for under the sea inspirations, like jelly fish, starfish, seashells and you can even throw in artificial flamingos and other birds, as their feathers and colours will add even more fun to your party.

Fun and Fabulous Beach Party Inspiration

Food-wise, fish and chips is a classic beachside treat, but change it up by wrapping it in star print paper and serve it alongside some chilled white/rosé wine, or champagne if you’re feeling particularly decadent. Follow it by a 99p cone with a flake, but for ultimate success, choose a rich, creamy ice cream, such as a Cornish cream flavour as opposed to classic vanilla.

When looking at current trends, mermaids play a big part in pop culture and where better to include them than a beach party? Incorporate scales and tails in cakes and as standalone decorative pieces, or go further and hire an actual mermaid to entertain guests: a guaranteed hit if children will be present. Hiring a mermaid can be particularly effective if you’re hosting on an actual beach or with a big enough swimming pool, where she can showcase her (silicone) tail and swimming skills.

Fun and Fabulous Beach Party Inspiration

Speaking of venues, you can of course host this party anywhere, as enough decoration and detail can set the scene effectively: you can even have sand pits or sandy areas so that guests can build sand castles. Just make sure that there is a base underneath or plastic sheeting so that clean up won’t be too taxing afterwards. If you’re hosting around a swimming pool, you can incorporate mermaid/seashell shaped lilos, floating exotic flowers and if the party continues into the evening, floating tea lights.

Fun and Fabulous Beach Party Inspiration

But of course, a real beach is ideal: one where you can even build rainbow coloured beach huts to host the activities and food stations and even, with local permission, build a fire pit to gather all your guests around as a way to wind down the event.
The options are truly infinite: think about hosting a yearly beach party with a different theme each time. It will let your creativity and imagination run wild!

Fun and Fabulous Beach Party Inspiration

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Fish & chips: Ebabee Likes
Pretzels: Creative Events
Bottles: Kara’s Party Ideas

It wouldn’t be a British summer without Pimm’s, barbecues, smatterings of rain and beach trips to the coast. But it certainly wouldn’t be summer without garden parties popping up all over the country, with the most notable hosted by the Royal family. Buckingham Palace is the backdrop to multiple garden parties each year, celebrating achievements of public service workers and people who have positively impacted their communities. Following custom, tea, sandwiches and cake are served, but in astronomical proportions: 27,000 cups of tea gives you an idea of how much us Brits consume, even in hot weather! As much as you may aspire or wish to host a Royal-inspired garden party, it is quite a formal affair and you can easily obtain a similar result, minus the Queen but adding more relaxed fun.

English Summer Garden Party Inspiration

A tradition that is ingrained in the very fibre of our country, garden parties merge tame chic-ness with old-school games, made even more entertaining with the addition of socially acceptable daytime drinking. You can’t go wrong with an iced jug of Pimm’s, but wine, especially a light rosé can set the tone and prove a popular choice.

English Summer Garden Party Inspiration

But first and foremost, the venue is key to a successful garden party. As the name indicates, a garden is usually the blank canvas needed. However, if you’re dying to host a garden party or if the weather ruins your plans, you can always relocate inside a barn or spacious room, allowing you to decorate adequately and play games.

English Summer Garden Party Inspiration

Decoration is usually floral themed and pastel, in which you can include porcelain cake stands, birdcages, bunting, lace table cloths and striped deckchairs. However, the beauty of the garden party is that you can theme it however you like: make it quirkier with an Alice in Wonderland theme; go fifties for a vintage party; fairytale and legends could work if you’re hosting children (or adults!); minimalist and stripped back with muted colours and chic floral arrangements, or even pet friendly with doggie treats and games!

English Summer Garden Party Inspiration

A good garden party in my opinion transports you to a bubble of fun and letting go of every day life. That’s why I’m partial to games that bring out everyone’s inner child. Croquet would be the first to come to mind, but incorporating a fun fair section, with a coconut shy; hoops and darts will delight your guests. A game that could be particularly successful is one I encountered at a fun fair in Surrey last year. Essentially, it consists of throwing palm-sized balls at shelves of plates, glassware and miscellaneous breakable items a few metres away. It may sound quite basic, but I can guarantee that it was the game that I preferred that day, trying to score points smashing the most things I could!

English Summer Garden Party Inspiration

In summary, my advice for hosting a memorable garden party is: have a theme and carry it through to everything, including food; have fun, easy games; enjoy the fanfare of dressing up and hosting a great group of people, but most of all, enjoy letting go and relaxing with a glass of rosé in one hand and a cucumber sandwich in the other. After all, what could top that?

English Summer Garden Party Inspiration

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www.weddingsparrow.com
www.fortheloveofvintage.co.uk
www.bridesmagazine.com
www.buzzfeed.com
www.housetohome.co.uk
www.youandyourwedding.com
www.samgibsonweddings.co.uk
www.eventbrite.co.uk
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