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Get Your Garden Party Ready in 1 Day With These 10 Simple Steps

In a rush to get your garden ready for a party? Or have we had a few days of good weather and you are ready to spend time in your garden? Don’t worry, we have all been there. That’s why we have made a quick guide on how to get your garden ready in just one day. Sounds impossible right? But with the right tasks (and hopefully a few helping hands from family and friends) you can transform your garden fast.

Big Family Garden Party Celebration
Big Family Garden Party Celebration

Overview

Time needed: 1 day

  1. De-clutter

  2. Cut the grass

  3. Weeding

  4. Trim the edges

  5. Plant new colour

  6. Clean and prep the patio area

  7. Clean the garden furniture

  8. If you have time: BBQ and Garden Bar area

  9. If you have time: Weatherproof

  10. If you have time: Add ambient lighting

De-clutter

Before you can begin the typical gardening tasks like mowing the lawn, it is important to clean away any debris or clutter in the garden. This includes removing dead leaves with a hand leaf grab and picking up debris accumulated over time. Remove any rotting, old garden furniture and old children’s garden toys that don’t get used any more. Don’t forget to chuck out broken décor or flowerpots that you keep forgetting to remove. So head out into the garden and start throwing away anything you don’t want or need anymore.

Cut the Grass

Mowing the Lawn

One of the most important tasks to make an immediate difference is to cut the grass. Giving your lawn a quick cut instantly refreshes the garden, ready for your party. Make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed and healthy.

If you have a few weeks before your party, it might be worth putting down some lawn seed or fertiliser to give you luscious green grass. To reduce the amount of work required, look at cutting your grass every week to every other week during warmer months. Check out our lawn care tips to find some “Tips for Reviving Your Lawn this Spring“.

Weeding

For the quickest and most effective ways to remove weeds, we recommend pulling small weeds by hand using a patio weeder set and digging up larger weeds. You could also use a weed puller to remove weeds with deep taproots. Or use a garden hoe to remove weeds from large areas quickly; this can be done by simply running the blade of the hoe over the soil to chop the weeds at their base.

If you have time, don’t forget to lay down some weed membrane and mulch to reduce the number of weeds that return. Learn more about controlling weeds in the garden here.

Trim the Edges

Strimming Lawn Edges
Strimming Lawn Edges

Once you have cut the grass, consider cutting around any lawn edges and borders using a grass trimmer. If you do not have a grass trimmer, consider using some garden shears, hedge clippers or even a sharp pair of scissors to trim the most visible borders around your party area by hand.

Clean & Prep Patio Area

Clean the Patio & Decking

Using a Pressure Washer on a Patio
Using a Pressure Washer on a Patio

Using a pressure washer, clean off some of the dirt and grime that has built up on the patio over winter. We recommend using a garden broom to give the area a sweep first to make the job a little easier.

Consider covering your paving with a patio cleaner before rinsing it with a pressure washer, hose or watering can. If there is still grime in the grooves of the patio, use a scrubbing brush to remove the dirt and moss.

If you have wooden decking, we recommend treating it every two years and giving it a yearly clean with a pressure washer or decking cleaner to maintain it.

Clean the Garden Furniture

Outdoor furniture can accumulate dirt, grime, and mildew over time, especially if it’s been exposed to the elements. Therefore, it’s essential to clean it thoroughly before hosting a garden party. Here are some tips for cleaning different types of garden furniture:

Wood Furniture – Use a mixture of warm water and mild soap to clean wooden furniture. Scrub the surface with a soft-bristled brush, then rinse with a garden hose. Allow the furniture to air dry completely before using it.

Metal Furniture – For metal furniture, use a solution of warm water and mild soap, and a soft cloth to clean it. Rinse the furniture thoroughly and let it dry before using it.

Rattan Furniture – Rattan furniture requires a bit more care. Use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and debris from the crevices. Then, mix warm water and mild soap and apply it to the furniture with a sponge. Rinse the furniture with a garden hose and let it dry in the sun.

Plastic Furniture – Plastic furniture is the easiest to clean. Mix warm water and mild soap and use a sponge or soft cloth to wipe down the surface. Rinse with a garden hose and let it dry in the sun.

For more information on cleaning garden furniture, check out our article “From Grime to Shine: How to Clean Garden Furniture Like a Pro“. Why not make your outdoor living space extra welcoming with some outdoor cushions and blankets?

If you have time:

BBQ & Garden Bar

Check that your barbecue is ready to be used. Remove any long-forgotten ashes from your charcoal barbecue and dispose of them. Use a specialist cleaner to remove tougher cooking residue or soak the grate in warm, soapy water. Use a metal scourer, a wire barbecue brush, or a ball of twisted kitchen foil to scrub.

If you have time, build a mini garden bar. This is a great way to elevate your garden parties. You can build a simple garden bar or expand and build a more elaborate garden bar, decorated with fairy lights, plants and lanterns.

Weatherproof the Garden

Picture of arbour with comfortable garden furniture
Picture of arbour with comfortable garden furniture

Unfortunately, living in Britain, we must consider the possibility of rain or cold weather gate-crashing the party. But don’t let that stop you. Prepare for the worst by putting up a gazebo in the garden. It will give you somewhere to seek refuge from the rain, but also a great place to take cover from the sun if the weather stays nice.

Also, consider a patio heater and ambient lighting for the evenings. If you expect the party to run into the late evenings. Consider having some blankets lying around and possibly even some hot water bottles if you are throwing a party in late spring or late summer when the evenings get very cold.

Add some ambient lighting

If you have time before the party, set up some subtle outdoor lighting. Lighting not only extends the duration of your evening but also sets the mood and gives your garden party a unique vibe. We’d suggest utilising solar-powered controlled fairy lights, which can be hung along your fencing or up in trees. You could hang string light along fences or the front of structures like gazebos, fences and garages. How about adding in some lanterns and tea light holders on tables, and add ground lighting to patio planters or along a garden path. Shop our garden lighting here.

Round lamps above a table with wooden chairs in a garden
Round lamps above a table with wooden chairs in a garden

Create a Colourful Flower Display

Colourful Plants on a Patio
Colourful Plants on a Patio

Begonias, petunias, and agapanthus can be used to put on a spectacular display in your garden in spring and summer. Are you short on space for a display of bedding plants? Pots and containers are still a great way to put on a stunning display of colour. Fill a few pots and hanging baskets with a combination of bright and colourful flowers, placing them around the garden. The ideal setting for a party!

Conclusion

In conclusion, throwing a garden party can be a fun and budget-friendly way to celebrate the good weather, and with a little preparation, you can make your garden the perfect spot to host your event. Starting with a well-manicured lawn and trimmed borders, the patio and outdoor furniture should also be cleaned and weatherproofed. Decorative lighting, such as solar-powered fairy lights or candles, can add a magical feel to the evening, and a colourful flower display can be a lovely touch. By following these steps, you can create an inviting outdoor space and enjoy a memorable garden party with your loved ones.

Updated on March 28, 2024

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