This weekend marks the Coronation of King Charles.
Lots of people are planning street parties and celebrations, especially with the extra day off thanks to Monday being another bank holiday.
If you’re throwing a last-minute garden party but are wondering where to start, then fear not.
We’ve got a few ideas to help you create a splendidly, stately shindig that will certainly go down in history with your guests.
Weather the storm
We all know what typical British weather is like and true to form the forecast for the coronation weekend is looking decidedly mixed.
One word – gazebo. Yes, it’s the staple of any planned alfresco gathering in Britain because of our unpredictable weather.
A gazebo will be your saving grace if the rain refuses to hold off but equally if the sun shines you’ve got the perfect shaded seating area. Win-win.
There are plenty of different sizes available depending on the size of your party and if you tie a bit of bunting and add some fairy lights, it will look amazing too.
Red, white and blue seems the obvious theme and rather handily there are lots of flags and bunting available on the high street ready for the weekend.
If flags aren’t your thing, you could get some red, white and blue ribbons and decorate with those instead.
A Royal theme allows you to decorate with gold and silver bunting, covering garden furniture in fabrics to make them look like thrones, and offering plastic crowns for guests.
But of course, you don’t have to have a theme. Throwing a few fairy lights and candles around will make your outdoor space look inviting.
Flowers are also a wonderful way to add colour, whether you plant some last-minute ones in your borders or add some pots around the patio. A wonderful way to throw a Right Royal Coronation garden party.
Make your table look amazing and your guests will be wowed.
One option is to cover your table with a white table cloth, add a red runner, and sprinkle some blue confetti and you’re good to go.
Paper plates are by far the best option for a garden party, and the good news is there are so many types available. From traditional union Jack to rose gold, patterned to plain, and simple white, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Investigate the ranges of napkins and plastic cutlery too and you’ll find it easy to create a last-minute colour scheme.
A King’s feast
What to serve at a Coronation garden party?
Sticking with the traditional is the obvious way to go, with foods such as sandwiches, sausage rolls and Coronation chicken of course. Then there are scones with clotted cream and jam, a delicious Sherry trifle, Victoria sponge and strawberries and cream.
Grazing tables have become increasingly popular and are a fantastic alternative to the traditional buffet lay-out. You can have a savoury grazing platter, with all the usual favourites and then a sweet one, both covering the buffet table. They look fantastic and will be a great talking point for guests.
Drinks-wise you could serve traditional Pimms, celebratory prosecco and perhaps some locally brewed beer.
You could even get creative and come up with your own Fruit punch or King Charles cocktails and mocktails for the occasion.
A conservatory or orangery is ideal for a garden party, thanks to the large windows and open space letting in light and bringing the indoor and outdoor spaces together seamlessly.
These rooms allow for parties to move easily between the indoors and outdoors. If you’re able to set up a gazebo on your patio it adds even more of a seamless feel and is obviously ideal in wet weather.
Ensuring your furniture and decorations are coordinated also ensures a smooth transition between both spaces.
Target Windows specialises in building orangeries and conservatories, as well as conservatory revamps window and door installations, and a range of other home improvements.
If you want to transform your home with a conservatory or orangery ready for your future garden parties talk to Target Windows.
Party like a King
When you’re throwing a party, sometimes you can forget to sit back and enjoy it.
But when your guests have arrived, the music is on, food has been served and the drinks are flowing, allow yourself to relax and enjoy what you’ve created.
It’s time to crack on with the fun and party like a King.
Happy Coronation Weekend!