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Plan a sweet spring party to celebrate the start of warmer weather

Perfect time to host a cheerful outdoor party in your garden or on the rooftop

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 May, 2016, 9:44am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 2:50pm

Spring is just around the corner, promising long days filled with warmth and sunshine, perfect for a get-together before the city begins to sweat during the humid summer. Take advantage of the glorious weather by hosting a garden or rooftop party. With lots of open air and laidback vibes, it’s a wonderfully lazy way to spend a weekend with close friends and family.

“Spring is the perfect time to throw an outdoor party due to the weather being at its optimum temperature,” says Lauren Roberts from Sweet Soirees, a boutique party planning company known for throwing parties of every kind.

“I also find people are looking to escape their winter hibernation period and become more social, so an outdoor party is the perfect opportunity.”

When planning any type of party, Roberts suggests first thinking about a venue, as this will help you figure out logistics such as the number of guests. Settling on a colour scheme is also important as it helps set the mood, which is especially true for a spring party.

“It’s nice to pick a brighter colour to emphasise the beginning of spring and the end of gloomy winter days,” says Roberts. “Bright colours lighten the mood and start the party off with a happy, upbeat atmosphere.”

“At the moment I’m finding what’s popular is the more colourful, the better,” she says.

She advises adding touches of neon yellow, vivid orange and lively pink to a beige or white base. Incorporating streamers, cushions and tableware in a myriad of hues can help brighten up a garden or rooftop and give it the extra “oomph” it needs.

 

Spring also conjures up images of Mother Nature blooming back to life, so Roberts suggests including a theme like Easter eggs, bunnies or flowers.

“I think you can never go wrong with a floral theme,” Roberts says. “Flowers are so naturally beautiful it’s hard to go wrong when incorporating them into your party décor.” Tulips, daffodils, freesia and hyacinths are all flowers popular with hosts looking for natural accents.

To brighten up your table, consider including pieces from Indigo Living’s new Gypsy tableware line. The quirky floral designs in vivid colours add a whimsical note to the party.

“The plates and bowls are designed tapas-style, so [it’s] perfect for sharing dishes with friends and family in a relaxed outdoor setting,” says Yvonne Lacey, accessories buyer for Indigo Living.

To seamlessly continue the fun from day to well into the night, Craig Pallister, the managing director at Everything Under the Sun, suggests using the Maiori La Lampe Petite. The solar-powered lamp comes with three brightness settings and can give light for up to nine hours. It also comes in 13 different colourful shades, ranging from fire red to spring green, which means it can be worked in to complement the overall colour theme.

For those wanting to impress their guests with hi-tech gizmos, the Monsieur is an impressive way to start. The Monsieur is an automated bartender that produces “professional quality cocktails in seconds”,  according to their official website. The bartender robot has its own app, Monsieur Mobile, which you can use to create custom orders and place orders directly. Just sync it to your mobile and get creative with the drinks and mixers to come up with your very own signature cocktail. It also comes with a 220V option, perfect for Hong Kong consumers.