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PLANNING A SUMMER PARTY IN LONDON? HERE ARE OUR TOP TIPS AND TRICKS
If we’re lucky – summer in London can be a magical time, with warm days and long evenings providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor parties and events. Whether you’re planning a small gathering or a large celebration, there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to hosting a summer party in the city. We thought we’d explore some tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect summer party in London.
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT VENUE
The first step in planning a summer party in London is to choose the right venue. Our first option is always your house! But if you don’t have space, there are plenty of options to choose from, including outdoor spaces like parks, gardens, and rooftops, as well as indoor venues like bars, restaurants, and clubs. When selecting a venue, consider the size of your party, the location, and the amenities available. You’ll also want to make sure the venue is available on your preferred date and within your budget. Sugar & Rind has a really long list of London venues to work with so we can do the running for you on that front because it can take a lot of time and there can be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing.
2. CONSIDER THE WEATHER
While London summers are generally mild and pleasant, the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to have a plan in place in case of rain or extreme heat. If you’re planning an outdoor party, consider renting a marquee or one of our gorgeous stretch tents to provide shelter from the elements. Alternatively, you could choose an indoor venue with outdoor space, so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. These are hard to find but again – it’s all on our venue list so we can save you a whole heap of time!
3. CONSIDER A THEME
Creating a theme for your summer party can help to make it more memorable and enjoyable for guests. Whether it’s a beach party, garden party, or cocktail party, a theme can tie everything together and make the planning process easier. We can help to choose the right decorations, music, and food and drink options that match your theme to create a cohesive vibe.
4. PROVIDE FOOD AND DRINK
No summer party is complete without plenty of delicious food and drink options. Is it a standing party? A seated meal? What about a sumptuous dessert station or some cocktails with dry ice? Grazing tables can look gorgeous and are a super easy way to feed people. Or for those more formal dinners, why not start with canapes and cocktails and then move the seating down part later on?
5. PLAN ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
A little bit of entertainment can go a long way at a summer party! If you have space, summer games like croquet, boules or giant Jenga can go down a treat. A photo booth is always very popular and then of course music is key. If you can afford it, or a live band can really rock the dance floor, or for smaller budgets, there’s always a great DJ to provide the tunes. You could also consider hiring a magician, a comedian, dancers, and a more original idea is a mind-reader which can truly blow people away!
6. SEND OUT INVITATIONS
Once you’ve planned all the details of your summer party, it’s time to send out invitations. If you have the time, go old school and get those invitations in the post. People know you mean business if you’ve gone to the effort of writing and posting them an invitation. If you’re time-poor, you could create a Facebook event or send out email invitations. Be sure to include all the important details, such as the date, time, location, dress code, and any other relevant information.
Planning a summer party in London can be a lot of fun, but it requires careful planning and attention to detail. By considering each element, you can ensure that the evening runs smoothly and ultimately, you can create those lasting memories which is what it’s all about!
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