Summertime offers the best excuse to throw a lovely outdoor party where you can put your home or garden on display and show off your culinary skills. Although it isn’t brain surgery, arranging a nice garden gathering takes organisation, time, and planning. Luckily, there are many DIY party ideas and simple, easy to prepare foods you can create yourself. From dessert buffets to fresh adult juice drinks, there are many sweet treats you can concoct that your guests are sure to love.
Quick and Easy DIY Decorations
As with any party, it is great to have an imaginative theme. Whether you opt to focus on your garden or an exotic locale, remember to incorporate your theme into your decorations—use creative place settings with the names of your party attendees on place tags, petals from fresh flowers grown in your garden strewn across tables, and centrepieces with any other plants you’ve cultivated. You don’t have to go to extreme lengths or shell out a lot of money on your decorations either, as you can easily find the materials you need at any craft store or charity shop. Break out the fairy lights you haven’t used since Christmas for some inexpensive evening lighting. Try to integrate as many items that follow your theme as possible in your decorations.
Tasty DIY Baked Treats
Unless you’re throwing a dinner party or BBQ, you should serve light, simple snacks at your party as they are quick and easy treats. Cupcakes and small bites of decadent baked goods are perfect summer party treats because they are small and won’t make a mess. This is also a great opportunity to put your baking skills to the test by concocting mouth-watering baked items like cake pops, chocolate dipped biscuits, and with the dying embers of the fire – s’mores drizzled in caramel and chocolate sauce. If you are creative, why not try some delicious and cool snacks like homemade gelato and ice cream. Dessert buffets are a great idea as it allows you to display your baking talents and creativity, as well as providing your guests with an assortment of dessert options. Belgian waffles dipped in chocolate, Pimms lollies, personalised desserts, and a build-your-own cookie station are just a sample of the goodies you could include in your dessert buffet. Be sure to pick up wines, such as those available at M&S and other wine retailers, that complement your desserts. Jubilee strawberries, grown in the UK, are available at M&S and they are by far the best strawberries I have ever tasted and are available well into September.
Refreshing DIY Juice Treats
Summer is an ideal season for juicing. Along with warm weather, summer brings some delicious fruits in season, especially here in the UK where there is a delightful array of summer berries and fruits that can be tossed in your juicer to make amazing cocktails and other beverages for your summer get-together. From yummy blueberries and strawberries to delectable redcurrants and blackcurrants, there are plenty of sweet summer fruits that can be combined to make many juice-infused beverages fit for any party. Those new to juicing may want to begin with simple recipes like a mixed berry drink that incorporates blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The best thing about juicing is that you can be quite creative and crafty with your cocktails or use them to make classic mixed beverages.
The most important thing to remember though is that your guests want to see you. Keep things simple and fun, and just enjoy it.