Whilst it’s difficult to predict the weather in the UK, if you’re wanting to hold a family barbecue or outdoor celebration then you do need to plan ahead and consider one or two things. Do you have enough plates and cutlery? An easy solution, and a good idea if you don’t want to be left with lots of washing up is to buy disposable plates and cups and simply throw them away at the end of the evening. You’ll also need to consider seating as well unless most of the guests are young and don’t mind standing throughout the party. People are usually more than happy to bring along their own deckchair or stool and understand that people don’t have unlimited amounts of seating.

Amongst the planning, allow time to tidy up your garden, pull out any weeds and cut the lawn to create a well kept place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s a good idea to add a few solar powered garden lights to highlight any areas you are proud of and want to show off. However, whilst this type of lighting is great at creating a decorative effect, it is not much use if you need more light for playing games and other outdoor activities you may want to organise. Plan ahead and fit some appropriate lighting that will benefit both this and other parties in the future. Try the Timeguard Dusk to Dawn Bulkhead that will not only provide lighting for this celebration but also help protect your home from burglaries and break-ins in the future. This light uses twin 20w energy saving bulbs so won’t cost much to run. And if this looks a bit industrial, try winding a string of outdoor lights around a nearby shrub or tree as a decorative effect.