Everything you need to know when hosting a Gold Coast garden party
As we roll into the warmer months, now is the time to consider throwing a lawn or garden party. Nothing quite compares to socialising out in the open air beneath a moody night sky or brilliant carpet of stars – if you’re lucky.
Garden parties are fantastic for a range of social and corporate events, from engagements and mile-stone birthdays, to work Christmas parties and gala events. Whatever occasion you’re thinking of organising, we’ve listed some suggestions below to ensure your outdoor event is a resounding success.
Weathering the elements
Even if the weather forecast is predicting clear nights, it’s best to assume the worst and have a backup plan should an unexpected Gold Coast rainstorm sweep over your festivities. Look to have some portable cover available for your guests to shelter under so the night may go on.
Otherwise, ensure you choose a party venue hire with a potential backup undercover space. Here at the Gold Coast Turf Club, our spacious lawn is nestled up against our Event Centre, meaning you have a convenient alternative should the weather not be in your favour. Just talk to one of our staff on the night to ensure the space is available.
Setting the mood
One of the biggest attractions of a garden party, is the moody ambience you can achieve with a few careful lighting choices. Avoid harsh lighting and focus instead on fairy lights or lanterns. Add candles to the tables where possible to create an elegant and enchanting vibe for your guests. Consider adding Tiki torches or mason jar luminaries along the outsides of your event for extra soft lighting.
Keeping away buzzing nasties
Nothing spoils an outdoor party faster than mosquitos. Those Tiki torches will come in handy here too, as citronella candles and smoke help repel flying nasties. Also make sure to supply your guests with bug repellent so they don’t leave your event looking like they’ve been eaten alive.
Choosing the right Gold Coast party venue
When planning an outdoor garden party, location is key. Avoid the hassle of preparing your own backyard and dealing with the inevitable clean up, by finding an event venue hire that has the space, and the facilities you need to throw an unforgettable night.
Our premium lawn space can be decked out with everything you’ll need to prepare for your guests, including tables, chairs, outdoor heaters, decorations and more. This means we shoulder the organisational burden, and leave you free to enjoy your night.
Tailoring the food and drinks menu to match
To match the summery atmosphere of your outdoor garden party, ensure the catering and drinks suit this vibe. Speak to the GCTC team about creating a custom menu that offers light, refreshing nibbles, fruits and salads and of course, plenty of cocktails.
While we offer pre-selected beverage packages, you can also order drinks on a consumption basis, leaving your guests to choose their preferred drinks.
Take advantage of the warmer weather and consider throwing a lawn party for your next birthday, work or other social event. GCTC has you covered.