One of the problems many parents face in the long summer holiday is that their children are separated from their friends, particularly in rural locations. Being off school and away from lessons may be fun for a short while, but the sheen of appeal rapidly wears off without friends to play with. Now that the holidays have approached their end, organising a last hoorah and getting the kids together again can be an entertaining exercise as school starts up once more.
The form that hoorah might take depends very much on the age of the children involved, but be it a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Sophisticated Garden Party, Grungy Barbeque or Elegant High Tea, the organisational principals are much the same.
At Apropos we favour outdoor entertaining when it comes to kids – it’s far easier to clean spilt drinks off grass and paving than it is a shag-pile rug! – but with the August weather being what is has been, it’s best to prepare for all eventualities, and with an Apropos conservatory or room with Aprofold doors at your command, an indoor-outdoor affair is easily arranged.
Steps to Get Your Mini Hosts Started
- Select a date and appropriate time. A teddy bear’s picnic is best around lunchtime, afternoon tea could be any time between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, for a garden party or barbeque, look to early evening.
- Assess the logistics. How many people can your garden hold? How many seats do you have? Is there room for everyone indoors if the weather turns? Do you have a big enough picnic blanket? Will you need to buy in paper plates etc.?
- Create a guest list and send out invitations. While text message invites may be a suitable approach for older children and teens, if time allows, for little kids handmade invites can fill a few hours in the making, add a nice personal touch and an exciting formality to the proceedings.
- Draw up a sensible menu that the children can help to make – sandwiches, fairy cakes, dips with crudités, things on sticks (who doesn’t like things on sticks?!), an impressive centrepiece – then set a budget and for older children you can make part of the planning a lesson in frugal shopping!
- Once you’ve chosen your theme, decoration should come naturally, but the easiest thing is to set a budget and let the kids go wild – this is their party and their chance to learn what it takes to be a host with the most.
- Making a party soundtrack is far easier in these technological days. If you have an MP3 player and a sound dock, set your kids up and let them create their own track list.
- Finally, be prepared to take over, in case anything goes wrong. While your children might have a good idea of the kinds of activities and games they’d like to hold, it’s always useful to set up a few board games in your [Apropos] conservatory, and have a couple of age-appropriate dvds ready to go, should the weather turn before your intended home time.
If you like the sound of a party – of any sort – in your Apropos Garden Room, Glass House or Conservatory then why not get in touch to discuss your venue plans with us on; 0161 342 8206 or else click here to order your 2014 brochure.