Keep drinks cold for longer
Keep a bowl of punch cold for longer by using big blocks of ice – they melt more slowly than small ice cubes. To make them, fill an ice-cream tub with water and freeze it. For bottled and canned drinks, a fun way to keep them cold is to freeze colourful water balloons, then put them in a bucket with the cans.
If you're rushed for time, here's a super-quick way to keep drinks cool
Make your own bunting
Challenge each of your neighbours to design their own flag and hang them all from a piece of ribbon using clothes pegs. Community spirit plus cute décor, sorted. Or you could try this daisy bunting made from kitchen roll tubes for a pretty alternative.
Display your party food
Present your finger food, cakes and sandwiches on rustic looking chopping boards and slates. Coat old chipped plates with chalkboard paint to easily transform them into a cheese, bread or sweet-treat platter you can write on.
For a playful way to serve up crisps and nibbles, use terracotta pots or try this DIY bowl trick for snack.
Make a DIY photo booth
Encourage partygoers to make lasting memories by designating an area for photos. Pretty it up with classic decorations like crepe paper flowers, bunting and download our photo booth prop printables to add to your prop box. Add a selfie stick and let guests use their own smart phones.
Set up a makeshift tombola
Try a mason jar tombola, where the winning tickets match up to jars filled with hot chocolate, sweets and small toys.
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