As the festive season approaches, it is becoming increasingly clear that the global pandemic is unlikely to abate any time soon. This means that crowded indoor parties are very much off the menu for the coming months.
As you’re probably all too aware by now, respiratory viruses spread much more easily indoors and when people are standing in close proximity to each other. Unless you’re categorised as a vulnerable person with health issues, however, this does not mean that you have to hunker down and isolate yourself from close friends and family. Provided that socialising between households is permitted in your region, it is time to embrace socially distanced festivities in gardens and outdoor spaces.
With the right safety measures in place, you can still ensure that your Christmas will be one to remember. Here are a few must-haves to ensure your socially distanced parties go off with a bang:
Marquees are absolutely essential for socially distanced parties as they protect guests from the elements whilst ensuring there is plenty of airflow in the vicinity, thereby mitigating the chances of COVID-19 spreading. You will need to hire one or more marquees in a size that suits the number of guests you plan to host. Remember, however, that you can never have too much space, so don’t be afraid to go a little overboard with your selections.
You can’t expect your guests to spend the entire party standing around, so it is important that you set out plenty of tables and chairs in your garden or outdoor hired space. If you don’t already own suitable tables and chairs, you can hire a set of fabulously comfortable outdoor furniture pieces from Grafton Hire.
It may be a delicate subject to mention, but outdoor loos are a must for socially distanced festivities. This is particularly true for parties taking place in rural areas far from proper bathrooms. Remember to also provide guests with plenty of soap and hand sanitiser.
If you want your guests to enjoy a proper party experience, you should not settle for playing music on a tinny pair of indoor speakers. With a jukebox, partygoers will find it impossible not to get up and dance (in a socially distanced manner, of course)!
If you plan to feed your guests, it is important to hire a cool room to ensure your food stays fresh and safe to eat. You will also need to keep your favourite tipples nice and cool – there’s nothing worse than a warm glass of beer!
You will need to ensure that guests have access to plenty of spotlessly clean glassware and cutlery. If you’re struggling to find enough to go around, it is worth hiring tableware.