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How to host a summer party

Summer parties are all about cool cocktails, fab food and having fun with family and friends. If you're planning a summer soirée, here are a some top tips for hosting the perfect party.

Everyone loves a great summer party, and we all want our own party to be the one that’s talked about for years to come. So, thanks to these 12 top tips from Annabel Grange, florist and party stylist at Butterflies and Bows, you can throw the ultimate summer party.

1. If you are using an outside space/garden make sure you use lots of lighting, use LED strings in trees, bushes and along hedges, LED tealights in small vases and jars on tables, lanterns to light up paths and walkways. LEDs are safer than naked candles if alcohol is around !


2. Use shallow bowls with floating flowers and waterproof led lights in the base on tables, or tall cylinder vases with underwater flowers and lights as an unusual flower piece.


3. Uplighters look fab up walls or features inside or out.


4. Use colour schemes to link in with the flowers growing  in your garden, or mix them up and go bold.


5. For daytime parties think about using fresh seasonal flowers in rustic / unusual containers – watering cans, old wellies, galvanised buckets, milk bottles – basically anything that will hold water! You can paint them or add ribbon decorations to personalise them. Add led light strings into the flowers for a night time lift. Hang them from trees, put them on shed roofs, line pathways, think different levels not only on tables !

6. Bunting is still great for outdoor areas or barns and sheds – plastic is best for outdoor areas – you can always buy plain colours and customise yourself with waterproof marker pens or by adding silk flowers.


7. Balloons – don’t think helium for outside as they will end up horizontal with one puff of wind and can pop with excess temperature  – instead think sculpted air filled – practically anything can be sculpted – from flowers, to champagne bottles, to arches even characters and shoes !  they are far more robust and can be weighted so they don’t move.


8. Silk flowers are a good option for very hot days and if you buy good quality can look as good as fresh but will withstand heat and rain (hopefully not !) and you can then use them without the need for water or expensive oasis bases.  Silk garlands can be used on gazebos, poles, arches and many other areas !


9. If you have a water feature how about lit up air filled balloons floating on the surface – an unusual decoration idea?


10. Having lots of chairs  – add a bow decoration or some seasonal flowers in a small posy tied with ribbons to add colour and interest.  If it is a more formal event, or you want to disguise older chairs then use a chair cover  – black ones look very chic, with or without a sash.

11. Tables – even basic  tables can be transformed with a table runner and many various size and shape jars / vases filled with greenery and seasonal flowers – add LED lights if the party continues into the evening. Include sweet smelling flowers and herbs such as rosemary, mint and Freesias.


12. Have fun!


Butterflies and Bows is based in Lingfield but covers Surrey, East Sussex, Kent and South London offering floristry and styling for weddings, parties, proms and commercial events.

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