As we head into late August there’s a definite feeling that warm, sunny days are on the wane. But with one last bank holiday of the summer left, it’s a shame to waste those last moments in the sun. So this bank holiday it’s a great idea to throw a get together and see the end of the season off in style? Obviously the words ‘bank’ and ‘holiday’ are a little synonymous with rain in the UK so while the idea is to lap up every last ray of sunshine it’s important to have a contingency plan for bad weather. If it’s good, roll out the barbie one last time; if the forecast is dodgy keep indoor catering simple with a well-chosen cheese board, a platter of cold meats, quiches, salads and dips. Use disposable paper tableware to keep the clear up manageable – take a look at ranges such as Vintage Rose, Celebrate Britain and Keep Calm and Party On which include all the essentials for your celebration.
Why not have a go at making your own ice cream (easier than you might think and many recipes don’t require an ice cream maker) and trying out some unusual flavour combinations. Your pastel-coloured creations will look extra special served from one of our ice-cream tubs – the Vintage Rose tubs are particularly evocative of sunny days, with their pretty, floral design. If you’re short of time, use shop-bought ingredients to make ice-cream sundaes or Knickerbocker glories. You can dress your ice-cream glasses with a Vintage Rose glass marker and perhaps stick a cake pick into the top of your glass to give your desserts an extra summery touch.
If you’ve had an amazing break this year, why not integrate some memories of your holiday into your celebration? Perhaps you tried a classic continental drink while abroad – an Aperol Spritz, for example or the perfect Spanish Sangria. Replicating your own version is a great way to bring an unusual touch to your celebration. If you’ll be holding your event indoors you could create a photo montage of your holiday snaps that runs on your TV or computer, a fun way to share your pics without boring your guests rigid!
It might sound a little cheesy but another way to bring the holiday mood is by playing some foreign music – there’s nothing like some uplifting Gypsy Kings to conjure up images of long, lazy days in the sun. If that sounds a bit obvious, you could search online for music to include in the ultimate holiday playlist, a great way to mix in some classics everyone knows and loves, as well as some alternative summer anthems.
Other entertainment ideas include crowd-pleasing outdoor games if the weather is good or you could bring the fun inside with games you can do indoors. You’ll need to clear a good amount of space for these, but games like giant Jenga, quoits and boules can all be played indoors (but do make sure any valuables are moved out of the way!) and are a good way to keep your younger guests entertained.
Another idea you could include is a piñata, fun for both little and big kids alike. We love the ‘Sunshine’ piñata that you can buy through various online retailers, a colourful sun ‘face’ complete with sunglasses. Fill your piñata with treats and give your guests a sweet tub or loot bag to collect up their goodies.
When it comes to a show-stopper at the end of the night why not create a special cake, complete with sparklers, to be enjoyed with a glass of bubbly as the sun starts to set? A cake doesn’t have to be fancy but a sponge cake topped with cream and studded with strawberries looks pretty and really says ‘summer’. Add some cake picks, light your candles or sparklers and enjoy your sweet treat as you toast the end of another great holiday. And remember not to get too down about things – there are lots more excuses for a party coming up in the months ahead!
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