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While many of us wont be jet setting for summer abroad (remember those) we will be spending more time in our gardens. I think it’s safe to say we will be spending more time in our gardens and looking forward to making the most of these longer sunshine hours and warmer temperatures. From garden parties to barbecues, garden essentials is what make it a success. Whichever, the reason i have some top tips for entertaining family and friends this summer. From cosy fire pits – to on trend lighting, here are my favourite garden essentials to make your staycation this summer better than ever.
Hosting in the garden? If your patio looks a little plain or your furniture has seen better days? Pick up these garden furniture essentials. Rattern furniture continues to be a garden must favourite. Being able to stay outside in all weathers it’s an obvious reason why. With many sets including multi functional side/coffee tables. You can have plenty of flexibility when it comes to seating and comfort for all your friends and family. You may not have the space or want for furniture sets. Chairs or lounges could be your go to. Why not opt for a wooden deck chair or bean bag or sun lounger or maybe a mixture of all three? There is plenty of seating options to suit your style or seating needs.
Seek covered space.
Sunshine or not- this is the U.K. and you need to be prepared for the unpredictable British weather and our infamous rain showers. A sturdy and stylish parasol offers basic protection when that sun is beaming down on you. Where else a Gazebo protects you from sun and rain while creating another room outdoors perfect for socialising.
Cheers to the summer
It’s not a party without our favourite summer drinks . Weather that’s alcoholic or not, offer your guests their favourite beverage in some new drink-wear to ching ching the summer fun. From plastic to glasses you can pour your mock tales, gin and tonic or pimms in these sets of glass wear.
Chill your drinks
A glass of lukewarm rose is never pleasant on a sunny day. So I definitely recommend investing in a good wine cooler. Not only can they keep wine chilled longer, but wine coolers can even chill warm bottles to serving temperature. Perfect if your lacing in all important fridge space. And you don’t have to use the cooler for wine. Any soft drink favourite can be kept cool for all of your guest.
Cook up a feast
A brilliant BBQ is a must for that alfresco outdoor entertainment. Maybe you have been thinking of upgrading from those garage ready throw away bbqs. Why not consider a gas and charcoal hybrid giving you optional and flex between different bbq cooking styles.
Eating out alfresco style can’t be beaten on a full-height table. But if you have limited space don’t be discouraged. A lot of outdoors dinning sets come with folding chairs and additional cushions making for a comfortable dining experience. Sometimes looking at your space and utilising the shape of the table set can make for a space saver. Weather it’s round or square or rectangle? Two seats four seats or ten? There’s an alfresco moment for any space.
You’ve got your table and you have your chairs ready but how will you serve your hungry party goers. I love organising an all over table spread with different serving bowls where my guest can help themselves. Some call it lazy hosting i think it’s smart. Serve your guest their summer feast with different serving platters so you can spend more time joining in the summer fun than playing waiters. Why not make your table look pretty with summer table scopes for a high end hotel banquet or an instagram look.
Light up your garden
No matter the size of your garden or outdoor space. Make the most of the long summer evenings with string lighting or lanterns.The right lighting can make your evenings feel magical. Use vintage lightbulb festoon lights for a laid back boho vibe. Or faux flickering patterns for a more majestic romance feel.
Although the weathers warmer during the day. Temperatures still drop significantly at night. To keep your guest of family warm at night, a fire pit is a must. Consider what you want from a fire pit? If it’s only light and warmth you can use a fire pit table or chamney which will produce heat for a decent amount of people. If your also wanting to cook from it, there is so many hybrid option out there.
Any party in door our outdoor won’t be a party without a party game. It’s also a great way to entertain the children when they are board of paddling pool time. (I mean if they get board) No matter what your age we all love a friendly competitive game to get the party swinging. And there is so many games you can play. From sitting around your fire pit playing traditional card games, to more active games like croquet or giant jenga. Weather your playing beer pong or connect four. Garden games is fun for everyone.
And lastly to complete the Costa de garden holiday magic, you want to play the Ibiza chill out play list for the ambiance of holidaying. Most gardens don’t have electricity outside so portable speakers is a fantastic way to listen to those summer tracks. With a portable speaker you can even take them out on your beach day trips.