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An Event for all Seasons

There’s nothing like a good party, especially if it’s a bit different. There are so many reasons to celebrate, that you could find a reason to entertain any day of the month. National Nutella Day (5th February) and National Costume Swap Day (2nd October) are just two days that have unusual affiliations.

If you enjoy hosting events, then why not take a look at our calendar of unusual reasons to let your hair down and have fun.

January - Burns Night

January 25th is dedicated to the Scottish poet Robert ‘Robbie’ Burns, author of Auld Lang Syne and many other poems. Celebrate the life of the ‘Greatest Scot’ with a traditional Burns Night supper. Dress in your finest tartan for an evening involving readings (including the Selkirk Grace and Address to a Haggis), piping and whisky. Dinner is usually haggis, neeps and tatties.

February - Mardi Gras

Also known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras falls approx. six weeks before Easter and marks the start of Lent. Organise your own mini carnival or masked ball and ask your guests to create (or buy) masks to wear to dinner. Embrace the tradition of Pancake Day and serve savoury pancakes and sweet crêpes. You could even have a pancake race!

March - First Day of Spring

The weather in March can be glorious so host an indoor (or outdoor) picnic with a spring theme. Use greens and yellows in the catering and decoration, with fresh spring food such as lamb and asparagus, served with homemade lemonade and chilled white wine spritzers.

April - St George’s Day

Lagging behind the popular St Patrick’s Day, celebrate England’s patron saint on 23rd April with an English themed buffet. Use a theme of red and white with a dragon lurking somewhere in the venue and lay on a feast of egg and cress or cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones with cream and jam, trifle and cupcakes.

May - May Day

The first day of summer, the May Day holiday is often accompanied by town revelry, with morris dancers, maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen. If you want to celebrate May Day make the most of the occasion - May is also National Barbecue Month - and fire up the grill. Pinks, greens and yellows are all in season for decoration and embrace the summer feeling with elderflower cordial.

June - Diamond Jubilee

This June marks the start of the Best of British, with Jubilee celebrations across the nation. Organise your own street party, with blue, white and red balloons, streamers and bunting to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Revive the original Coronation Chicken, drink tea and make the most of strawberry season by finishing with Eton Mess or Pavlova.

July - National Ice-Cream Month

The ice-cream cone was invented in 1903 and almost 100 years on, remains a popular treat. Celebrate this creamy dessert with an ice-cream party where guests make or bring different flavours of ice-cream and create mouth-watering desserts. Don’t forget the toppings: fruit, sugar strands, flakes and hot fudge sauce.

August - The Olympics

Sporty or not, the Olympics will affect us all. Bring a screen outside and invite your friends to watch Britons Go for Gold whilst relaxing in a deck chair. Mix up the Pimm’s, toss the salad and hull the strawberries before enjoying a summer garden party. Or invite your friends and neighbours to invade the park for a game of cricket or Frisbee, followed by alfresco dining.

September - National Teddy Bear Day

Sunday 9th September is the perfect opportunity to organise a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for your children or grandchildren (it’s also Grandparents’ Day). Spread a plastic tea set on a big rug under a tree (or in the lounge) and make tiny finger food for the children and their bears. Children will love pouring out ‘tea’ and being grown-up. You could also organise a game of Pass the Parcel or Musical Bumps.

October - Columbus Day

Also el día de la Hispanidad (the National Day of Spain), 12th October commemorates Columbus’ discovery of the New World in 1492. Why not host your own celebratory fiesta and indulge in all things Spanish? Provide a feast of tapas, paella, gazpacho and sangria amidst a colour scheme of red and yellow. To make it truly authentic, arrange some salsa dancing lessons for your guests.

November - Guy Fawkes Night

As winter approaches, a bonfire with marshmallows, cinder toffee and fireworks is incredibly heartening. Invite guests for a light supper and spend the evening toasting things on the bonfire. Round off the night with a display of fireworks and some mulled wine or hot chocolate.

December - New Year’s Eve

A twist on traditional New Year’s Eve parties is to host a murder mystery party where guests dress up and take on the role of suspects in a murder investigation. Quiz your friends and examine the evidence over dinner or cocktails to find out Whodunnit: was it Ivanna Man, the Russian beauty, Hans Allover, the Captain, or perhaps Fleur Tee, the London socialite? All will be revealed at midnight.

How can John Lewis help?

If you’re hosting an event, chances are you’ve put a lot of thought into the venue, the menu and the decorations. If something goes wrong, you won’t want to see all your hard work go to waste. By taking out Event Insurance your event will be financially protected should the worst happen.

John Lewis Event Insurance covers cancellation costs if your event can’t go ahead and also provides protection if caterers don’t show up or equipment is damaged. Optional marquee cover is also available.

Your garden can also be insured against loss or damage with John Lewis Home Insurance. Garden Cover can protect things like your furniture, barbecue, plants and ornaments and with Home Insurance your visitors' personal effects will also be covered.

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