This weekend my Dad hosted a Summer Garden Party for his neighbours, family and friends. I love any excuse to bake, plan and decorate so my inner party planner got to work straight away.
My Dad’s garden is the perfect backdrop for any outdoor celebration so I kept my decor simple. My first step when thinking about decorations is to visit my trusty friend Pinterest. I created a board full of summery inspiration and picked my favourite ideas for the party.
I hung up floral bunting and tissue pompoms around the tree and the grapevine, and added subtle summery touches to the tables with teacups and watering cans filled with flowers.
We transformed the grapevine into a bar, laying out a variety of classic British drinks perfect for a warm summers day. My flower ice cubes added the perfect touch to my Gin and Elderflower cocktail.
Along with a BBQ of delicious meaty treats, I made a lovely courgette, mint and feta salad and grilled some mozzarella and basil on top of aubergine slices. My ‘Summer Lemon, Mint and Berry Cake’ was the true showstopper, a creation that I developed from a wedding cake recipe made by The Great British Bake Off’s Frances Quinn. Read here for my adaptation of the recipe.
A chest of blankets kept the guests cosy as the sun set behind the woodland and we toasted marshmallows by the fire using sticks I had collected from the forest that morning.
Dad introduced a game of Crazy Golf, using various parts from the garden shed! It was a lot of fun if not slightly challenging! There were 7 holes in total from a ‘Zen Garden’ to a tricky uphill slope.
I will upload a video diary of the party on my YouTube channel in the next coming week as soon as my laptop is back up and running! We all had great fun watching Poppy run around the garden with my GoPro strapped to her!