When the weather rains on your parade, there’s no need to call the party off.
Weather-proof your celebration with our all-weather solutions.
- Even when you’re expecting your party weather to be fine and dry, it’s always advisable to make back-up plans. That way, there’s no last minute stresses when the inevitable threat of rain rears its head. Don’t make too many plans that are entirely reliant on it being a sunny day, that way not all is lost if it rains, and have a plan B in place for everything else. Borrow, hire, or buy marquees, gazebos and awnings – enough for everybody to be covered – and make them cosy spaces that will be appreciated by guests, whatever the weather. Furnish tents with comfy places to sit – chairs, cushions, blankets and outdoor heaters if you’re concerned about the temperatures. Set up children’s tents and fill them torches, bean bags and blankets so that it all becomes part of the entertainment if they have to take cover!
- Allocate an under-cover, or inside area for everything you set up outside, and jot it down in a quick plan so that if the heavens open, you won’t be thrown into confusion and things won’t get soggy while you work out what to do. Use food tables that can be quickly lifted and brought indoors, keep all food preparation areas under shelter, and clear out your garage if you have one, and hang some festival fairy lighting so that the space can be utilised if necessary too.
- The last thing you want to be doing on the day is mopping-up muddy footprints. If you’re having guests coming into the house, to use the kitchen or loos for example, then put down some plastic covering over the areas that are likely to get trampled. Tarpaulin or those large plastic sheets that cover furniture when you’re decorating are great, weighted down well on each side so they can’t slip loose and expose carpet.
- Be clear about which areas are out-of-bounds should guests need to come indoors. Put up ‘No Entry’ signs. It’s not rude – it’s entirely sensible!
- You don’t need to rip up your dress code if rain is forecast. A waterproof poncho and a pair of wellies are all that’s needed to make any outfit rain-proof. Ponchos come in every colour under the sun (or rain) so guests can co-ordinate with their outfits, or go for transparent clear macs so that their carefully chosen dresses or fancy dress outfits are still on full view. If you’re the party organiser, buy a box of lightweight, disposable ponchos for your guests to throw on if the heavens open. With clear-disposable ponchos selling for as little as a few pence each, it won’t cost much, but it’ll make the world of difference to your guests’ enjoyment.
- For those who haven’t brought wellies, invest in some plastic shoe-covers for guests to use in the event of unexpected downpours (the kind they make you wear over your shoes at the swimming pool). You can get them from festival gear websites and they’re cheap as chips.
- Consider hiring-in portable loos. They’re available in different sizes and prices from basic to luxury, to suit all occasions and budget, and all the necessary cleaning up afterwards is taken care of by the hire company… Which is more than can be said for your own bathroom or downstairs toilet after you’ve had two dozen muddy pairs of feet traipsing in and out of them all day.
- If your event involves moving between different locations or standing in outside areas without shelter, then it’s also worth considering hiring in umbrellas for your guests to use. If it’s a wedding or anniversary party, our Splash Love umbrellas are a stylish way to keep dry.
- Where rainy parties are concerned, planning and preparation are your best allies. Send out a weather report the day before your party, giving guests a heads up if the weather looks like it’s going to turn nasty, and making them aware of the provisions you have in place to ensure they can party on, whatever the weather. Advise them to put a pair of wellies and a brolly in their car boot and let them know you have a festival attitude and a practical head on. It’ll stop fair-weather guests from wavering about whether to come, and set the tone for what will be a great party, rain or shine.
- Keep smiling! Don’t get too down-hearted about the weather. It’s perfectly possible to have a fun-filled, chilled-out, happy-as-Larry outdoor event in even the most torrential of downpours. Afterall, we’re British! We don’t let a little bit of rain stop us having a good time.