Garden Party Entertainment Ideas: 16 Fantastic Ideas to Make your Summer Party Magical

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Parties have been off the menu for far too long! It’s time to make up for it this Summer with some fabulous, fun, sunny, summer Garden parties.

Whether you’re planning an adult or kids’ garden party over the next few months, we have some fantastic garden party inspiration to help you make up for lost party-time.

Here are 16 of our favourite garden party entertainment ideas – watch the video for some quick ideas or read our full blog to be inspired…you can also find our fantastic garden party playlist here, with 3 hours of summer tunes.

And don’t forget, whatever entertainment you need for your outdoor celebration, we’re here to help – just fill in our request form and we’ll get our fantastically talented DJs, magicians, bubble-performers or whatever you need, to contact you direct with their quotes.

  1. Bubbles & Bubble Performers

Bubble Performers, giant bubbles and bubble performers all bring a bit of extra magic to a garden party. You can make your own giant bubbles to keep the kids entertained or hire a bubble performer to provide perfect garden party entertainment that will make everyone smile.

  1. Tents & Teepees

Pitch some tents and teepees around your garden to give your party that festival vibe…and give you somewhere to shelter in case it rains. You can go ‘glamping’ and grown up or create tent-play-dens for the little ones.

  1. Mobile Bar

Want to make sure you get to enjoy every moment of your party and take the hassle out of making sure everyone gets the right drinks, serving them and washing up the glasses!  Hire a mobile bar with a professional bar person to take your orders and make your marvellous concoctions.

  1. Giant Games

When it comes to party games, you can go big in the garden – try giant Jenga or chess, chequers or connect four. For great summer party entertainment you can also make up your own fun games, like scattering the garden with giant cushions for a big game of ‘floor-is-lava’!

  1. Soft Play & Bouncy Castles

An all-time garden party entertainment favourite, bouncy castles and soft play hire will always be the very best way to bring smiles and glee to little party-goers. Just fill in our request form and we’ll get soft-play hire companies in your area to contact you with their quotes.

  1. Circus Acts

A circus theme is full of possibilities for an outdoor party – you could hire aerialists or jugglers, stilt walkers or clowns. You could even book a circus act to give you a skills class, so you can all try out a bit of tight-rope walking!

  1. Treasure hunt

What will you put in the treasure chest? Sweets and treats, toys for the little ones, or a bottle of something special for the adults? Have fun planting cryptic clues around your garden and watching your guests hunt for gold!

  1. Hire a Magician

Perfect entertainment for summer garden parties, a close-up Magician will wander around and wow everyone with their awesome tricks. You can even ask then to make specific items appear from their pockets and sleeves – like clues for your treasure hunt or gifts to go with your party theme.

  1. Pimp your cocktail

A simple idea, but so much fun – just put all your spirits and mixers on one table, with some attractive glasses, buckets of ice, and lots of colourful sliced fruit, mint and some fun cocktail stirrers. You can even add a chalkboard so your guests can make up names for their wonderful inventions.

  1. A DJ as you go into the evening

A DJ is possibly the best Garden Party entertainment there is! If it’s a big party, whether for adults, kids or families, then Hire a DJ to make your event really special, bringing lights and everyone’s favourite tunes to dance the day and night away to.

  1. Have a magic woodland theme

This is one of our all-time favourites! There are plenty of ways to turn your garden party into a magical woodland adventure, from costumes to fairy lights, gauzy drapes and fairy wings to toadstool chairs and grottoes made from play houses or tents.

  1. Musicians

Live musicians create atmosphere and can change the mood of your party depending on what type you hire. From a string quartet for sophistication to a  guitarist for festival vibes, just fill in our request form and we’ll get talented musicians in your area to contact you direct.

  1. Get sporty

Croquet and badminton are easy to set up and a great way to entertain your guests at your garden party. If you’re feeling really energetic you could go for rounders, or for something simpler just a game of frisbee.

  1. Painting by numbers

This is a lovely idea to keep your garden party guests entertained and leave you with a colourful memento of your event. Mark up a canvas with the outlines of a simple picture or your favourite painting, set up an easel and paints and let your guests paint a section each until the picture is complete!

  1. And finally…Fireworks

The very best way to entertain at your garden party, as the evening draws in – fireworks! Set them up yourself or even better hire a fireworks service to put on an amazing show to light up the sky. Just ask us through our request form and we’ll find your nearest service so you can book them direct.

  1. And don’t forget…Make sure you put up the fairy lights!

No garden party would be complete without the twinkling of fairy lights hung throughout the trees – you can never have too many!

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