Pick your menu
Now the theme is in the bag, you’ll want to decide on your menu. An outdoor party shouldn’t just be about appearances – the food has got to be top notch.
Your theme will help guide you – for example, an evening version of a classic afternoon tea could be ideal for a picnic theme, or a tropical theme will lend itself to a good ol’ barbecue.
If you’re not hugely confident in your cooking abilities, keep it nice and simple. You don’t need tons of dishes with complicated names, remember that it’s quality over quantity.
Summer lends itself to light, fresh and colourful food, so some barbecued or grilled meat and fish paired with a few flavourful salads is a great option. Or if you rate your cooking skills, go ahead and put together a gourmet menu fit for a Michelin Star restaurant – you could even give your guests the option of a couple of different dishes.
The main thing is to be confident in whatever you’re cooking.