Not going to the pub? Here’s What to Do Instead…

If heading to a bar tomorrow (Saturday, July 3) is top of your agenda after more than three months in lockdown, have fun but remember to stay safe.

If, however, you’re not quite ready to be clinking glasses with pals down the pub just yet, why not plan a socially distanced get-together of your own? Here are some ideas for this weekend and beyond…

Throw a Garden Party

Garden party, barbecue, alfresco soiree…whatever you want to call it, it’s a great way to get people together while staying safe. Of course, you’re still only allowed a handful of people in your garden (six, at the most) but you can keep people as safe as possible, as it’s believed the risk of transmission of the virus is lower when outside.

Ask people to bring their own crockery and cutlery and set up a ‘hand sanitising station’ in the garden as well.

Want some more tips? We’ve created a blog post all about throwing a barbecue everyone can enjoy (and relax at) during the pandemic.

Host an Afternoon Tea

Don’t fancy a barbecue? If the weather’s nice, why not put together an afternoon tea for a select group of friends to enjoy? You can sit outside and sip tea, pinkie finger raised, while enjoying sandwiches with the crusts cut off, and delectable desserts. Again, you could ask everyone to bring their own crockery to keep the risk down.

If you’re not in the mood to make an afternoon tea, Google is your friend. With many local businesses diversifying to offer takeaway services, you may find your local café is creating afternoon teas to collect. Of course, you may need to order in advance but if you can get a slot, get one and save yourself the hassle of baking a batch of cakes.

Organise a Cocktail Party

Cocktails can get expensive, even when you make them yourself at home. That’s why this kind of party works better with fewer people. Plus, cocktails (and mocktails) can take a little longer than, say, a standard G&T to put together, so fewer bodies means no one is waiting too long for a drink.

Create your own blends with the help of the Internet, or fall back on failsafe recipes from a trusty old cocktail book.

We recently created a blog post all about cocktails you can create at home – just head here to have a look and see if there are any you fancy trying. We link you to recipes for a classic white Russian, a mojito, rhubarb gin, and even a fun and tasty watermelon mocktail for the kids and non-drinkers.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make sure you follow the Government guidelines and stay as safe as possible. The rules may be relaxing a little now, but that doesn’t mean the virus has gone.

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Until next time…