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Planning Your Entertainment For A Summer Garden Party

July 9, 2018

Isn’t the weather just glorious at the moment? If the weather stays as it is this summer, lots of us might consider having a summer garden party.

One of the things I personally think makes a party is the entertainment. Have you ever been to a wedding without music or entertainers? They’re there for a reason, they break the ice, get the party started and help everyone have a great time into the early hours.

There can be so much choice when looking for the perfect entertainment and ideas, so I am always on the lookout for someone who can help me plan these kinds of occasions.

Step in Alive Network who are the UK’s largest live entertainment booking agency and lots of options for whatever party or event you’re planning. If you’re a local reader they are a great source for Surrey wedding bands and entertainment.

If you were looking to plan a summer garden party what kind of entertainment would you have? Here are my ideas…

The party and ideas here are for a summer garden party with 80-100 guests with the venue being a marquee in the grounds of a house. I’ll be using Alive Network to source all of my entertainment and will share with you the process of booking.

Welcoming guests on arrival

There is something really nice about being welcomed to a party with some kind of entertainment. We’ve been to lots of weddings recently with slightly different welcome entertainment so I thought I’d have a look at what I could source.

My first stop was Google where I found Alive Network by searching for ‘summer garden entertainment ideas’ and there were lots of ideas for me. I broadened my search down to ‘entertainers’ and found ideas for Caricaturists, Childrens entertainers, Comedians and Balloon Modellers to name a few.

I was immediately drawn to a magician though, who doesn’t love magic?!

I was able to narrow my search down to a radius of 25 miles of our Surrey location and found someone who looked really good.

I decided to go for Keven Starl after reading the reviews. I added that part of my entertainment to my basket and went to go and look for the next part of the party.

To create an atmosphere during a drinks reception

For this part of the party, I looked at roaming bands and musicians. Again I was blown away by the number of entertainers we could use. I decided to go with the Walkabout Wandas, checked my quote and then selected the time for them to perform and added them to my basket.

To perform background music during the food

Next up was music whilst we had food at the party, this would be less of a sit-down meal and more of a buffet/nibbles so entertainment would be a must. I searched for background music and had lots of choices. I am a big fan of jazz and think it’s quite a nice option for background music and it’s something most people enjoy. As with all my other choices I narrowed my search criteria down to a 25 mile radius of Surrey and selected Greenwich Village.


To fill the dance-floor later into the night

You always need some kind of entertainment to fill the dance floor into the night, especially for a summer garden party. For this, I searched for dance-floor fillers and made my pick based on the summary of the band. I selected my times based on the party and then added this element to my basket.

Getting ready to party

Once I had decided on my entertainment I went to my basket to double check everything and make sure my details were correct.

Once I had submitted my enquiry I was really impressed with the speed every happened at. My query was passed onto the team, who then fielded it to a booking agent who called me within the hour (they aim to do this within 15 minutes within working hours) to summarise the booking, confirm the artists were available and finalise everything.

There was so much choice on Alive and not only that the speed and ease that I found the site/business gave me was fantastic. I think I planned a pretty amazing summer garden party, what do you think?


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