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6 garden party ideas for a big celebration

Kate A 22 July 2020

When the sun is shining, nothing is more enjoyable than gathering your favourite people for a big celebration in a beautiful flower-filled garden. Whether there’s a milestone birthday on the horizon, an engagement to commemorate, or you’re looking to host a memorable stag or hen do, we’ve got some great garden party ideas that will transform your event into something extra special.

Imagine spending a warm afternoon sipping cocktails beside your private outdoor pool, tucking into homemade creations baked in your own pizza oven, and racing each other in pedalos on your very own boating lake. Those are just some of the exciting things you can look forward to in the gardens of our large houses in the UK.

From fun-filled garden birthday party ideas to elegant evening garden party ideas, we have chosen some of our favourite properties within our collection which boast extraordinary gardens where you can share food, drink, great conversation and lots of laughter with your loved ones. And if you simply can’t wait to start planning your al fresco festivities, just click the button below to browse our full collection of large accommodation in the UK.

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1. Luxurious hen party at The Colloquy | Herefordshire

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Nestled within the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, this large luxury retreat makes for the perfect hen party getaway with the girls. A heated swimming pool (with private use after midday), surrounded by traditional walled gardens brimming with colourful flora and fragrant lavender, sets the scene for an outdoor celebration that the bride-to-be will remember for years.

Mix up some fruity cocktails, don your bikinis, and plunge in for an afternoon in the sunshine. When it comes to garden party ideas for adults, this gorgeous property ticks all the boxes with minimal effort required. Challenge the hens to an energetic game of badminton, squash or table tennis, followed by a relaxing session in the private sauna and bubbling hot tub – everything you could possibly need for a weekend of indulgent pampering is here.

Decoration ideas:

Enhance the ambience of your summer garden party with jam jars filled with fresh flowers, brightly coloured inflatables in the pool, and string fairy lights, paper lanterns and bunting across the borders.

For more inspiration, browse our guide to UK hen party houses with spas.

2. Golf-themed stag party at Roman Farm | Peak District

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Garden party at Roman Farm

If you’re looking for summer garden party ideas for stags, then this grand country manor house set within 18 acres of verdant grounds is a first-class choice. Lay out Champagne and nibbles on the terrace and make a toast against a dramatic backdrop of the rolling hills of the Peak District countryside. When the sun is shining, the views are simply mesmerising.

Best of all, this impressive stag party venue in the UK also enjoys its very own 3-acre footgolf course, so the groom and his best men can play from dawn ‘til dusk before par-teeing the night away in the glorious gardens. Light the fire pit, pile into the luxurious hot tub, and get the celebrations underway!

Decoration ideas:

Get creative with some personalised t-shirts, visors and scorecards with a variety of dares and challenges. Garden party food could be complemented with a table laid with AstroTurf and a variety of golf paraphernalia.

Discover more stag party ideas with our guide to UK stag weekends.

3. Fun-filled kids birthday party at The Hop Pickers Oast And Barn | Kent

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Garden party at The Hop Pickers Oast and Barn - Appledore

Boasting an outdoor games room, children’s play area and boating lake, this Grade II-listed Oast House in Kent offers the ultimate birthday garden party venue in the UK for kids. After a round of pool, darts or table football, little ones can go wild in the play area featuring swings, slides and a trampoline. Then, enjoy party games on the lawn, set out on a treasure hunt around the garden, or dive into the bubbling hot tub or children’s splash pool – the choices are endless!

As tummies start to rumble, light the BBQ and get the pizza oven fired up. There’s nothing kids love more than a tasty slice of pizza and, at this special property, they can have extra fun making their own - kids garden party ideas don’t get much better than this! Lay out some pre-made pizza bases (or have a go at making your own), with a selection of sweet and savoury toppings, and unleash their creative side.

Decoration ideas:

When it comes to garden party decoration ideas, you could choose a theme such as pirates and princesses or go for a Mad Hatter-style tea party with fancy dress. Or you could create a summer fete with different stalls set up around the garden, including craft stations and traditional fair games.

Take a look at these big houses for luxury family holidays for more inspiration. 

4. Action-packed milestone birthday party at Langman Manor | Somerset

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Garden party at Langman Manor

A milestone birthday is a huge occasion, so why not push the boat out and celebrate with an extravagant garden birthday party in a 16th-century Grade I-listed country house where everyone is invited? Amongst the 1,500 acres of pristine grounds, there is all manner of enchanting spots to choose for a summer soiree, including a stunning Georgian walled garden filled with fruit trees.

Guests can play a round of croquet on the lawn, enjoy a game of tennis on one of the three courts, tee-off on the three-hole golf course, or hop aboard some pedalos on the fishing lake. If that’s not enough, you can arrange further on-site activities directly with the owner, including archery, bumper balls and clay shooting. Plus, if the weather takes a turn for the worse on the day, there’s plenty more entertainment inside, such as a ballroom, basement casino and disco, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna.

Decoration ideas:

For a garden-themed party consider a mix of picnic blankets and decorative outdoor pillows, along with twinkling lights, lanterns and balloons. Make use of the BBQ or hire some caterers and let them create exciting dishes in the fully equipped catering kitchen.

Read our ultimate guide to milestone birthdays for more exciting ideas. 

5. Elegant engagement party at Alvington Manor | Forest of Dean

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Garden party at Alvington Manor

An elegant garden party is a wonderful way to commemorate an engagement and the 3 acres of dazzling gardens of this lavish Georgian home offers the perfect setting. Gather friends and family in the outdoor dining area and celebrate in style with a decadent spread of delicate finger sandwiches, bite-sized fancies, fluffy scones with jam and clotted cream, and plenty of Champagne.

After lunch, guests can enjoy a spot of croquet, boules or badminton on the lawn, lounge on one of the gently swaying hammocks, admire the panoramic views across the River Severn, or relax with a glass of Pimm’s in the private hot tub. You could even garnish your drinks with fruit collected from the manor’s orchard.

Decoration ideas:

Stylish and sophisticated garden party decorations may include vintage tea sets, cake stands, bunting and fresh flowers.

For some easy yet elegant dinner party ideas for a crowd, read our guide. 

6. Unforgettable murder mystery party at Bodweni Hall | North Wales

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Garden party at Bodweni Hall

If you’re looking for evening garden party ideas, then a murder mystery night is a great option. This large period country house in North Wales offers an atmospheric setting for drama, mystery and suspense within its 75 acres of grounds. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the possibilities for hiding clues amongst the gardens, lake, river and woodland.

Guests can begin the evening mingling with drinks and appetizers on the terrace, learning more about each other’s characters and possible motives for the crime. Then, after the dastardly event has been committed, they can set about investigating the grounds searching for evidence. Down at the lake, water-based activities can be arranged with the owners to add extra excitement and, after the mystery has been solved, guests can party the night away beneath the stars or escape to the bubbles of the hot tub.

Decoration ideas:

You could choose a theme for your murder mystery garden tea party such as Downton Abbey, Great Gatsby, Mardi Gras, or Harry Potter, and transform the grounds to match. Create evidence cards to scatter around the gardens with clues for the guests to find like footprints, a lover’s note, buried treasure, photos, and a weapon.

Find out how to host the perfect murder mystery party with our guide. 


Have any of these outdoor party ideas taken your fancy? Whatever the occasion, you’re sure to find a special setting for a garden party to remember within our collection of large houses in the UK. Many of our venues come complete with swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, games rooms and cinema rooms, so there is plenty of entertainment for guests of all ages. From rural retreats to coastal hideaways, our large and luxurious houses have everything you need to host a big celebration. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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