There’s still some good weather around so have a summer party!

Having friends over for a barbeque is a great way to spend an afternoon and/or evening.

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Or why not give up cooking entirely and have a selection of salads, pastries and dips? While the weather is good, throw a summer party.

You can also ask your guests to bring a dish, or a bottle of something. People are usually happy to contribute. Try and get a vague idea of what everyone’s bringing, so they don’t all bring the same thing…..and to clarify they need to bring a dish full of something, not just an empty dish. (you know who you are).

See if your local supermarket or off-license provides free glass hire. Using reusable glassware/crockery/cutlery is the sustainable choice, but plastic cups and paper plates are safer in the garden. Similarly, stash away any breakable objects if you think your do might get a bit rowdy.

Arrange tea lights in jars around the garden to add light to an after-dark party. But, as with all candle products, keep an eye on them to stop the wind from blowing them out and to ensure they don’t set fire to your plants.

Background music can add to the mood of the party. Just make sure you don’t have it so loud it annoys the neighbourhood.


Want to add a bit more entertainment?

Why not set a theme and get everyone to dress up. You can add games to the event and even add a mystery party game.

A selection of role-playing party games is available from ITM Games. They have 6 to 12 main suspects and allow for all guests to act as sleuths.

For example, try Teddy Bear’s Picnic


This role playing game for 6 Players is set in the 1980’s. Enter the world of big business and fluffy toys. Join Chester Toyes at the launch of the new range of products called “Teddy Bears Picnic”. But are things as innocent as they seem?

This game, and many more are available from

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