Get Your Garden Ready for Summer Parties & Barbecues

28th March 2018

Garden inspiration: are you ready to host an outdoor party?

We have to say, we're pretty happy about the fact that this weekend was mild and sunny. It's a lovely change from the Beast from the East, for sure. However, the weather got us thinking. Soon, we'll be seeing Pimm's recipes on Pinterest and offers on kid's paddling pools. We can't wait for BBQ season so we decided to pull together all our top tips for getting the garden ready. We wrote this blog post to help you feel more prepared when you're setting up your outdoor party zone!

Don't get us wrong, there's no shame in throwing a BBQ in your garden as an ad-hoc event with no preparation whatsoever. With our unpredictable summer weather, it's not unusual to have a spur of the moment gathering in the garden. You've just got to hope there's some burgers left in Tesco! However, making sure your outdoor area is ready for any occasion means there will be less to worry about if the scorching heat decides to make an appearance. Plus, we just love looking at homey inspiration - both inside and out. So, if you're ready to get inspired, keep reading!

First of all... furniture!

Obviously, your guests are going to need somewhere to sit and enjoy their burgers when they come to your barbecue. Of course, there's always someone who will have to do the honours of cooking the food, but we'll leave that to you to decide. If you've got the space, investing in a full-on garden furniture set can be really rewarding. Your days (and nights!) outside will never be the same again. Forget the mossy bench and rusty iron table, our furniture sets will give you some serious garden envy.

For regular party hosts and casual barbecue-throwers

The Granada rattan furniture set comes with a sprawling corner sofa, gorgeous glass-top table and three ottomans to accommodate extra people. This is the kind of dining set that perfectly combines comfort, style and practicality. It will add an extra depth of cosmopolitan to your garden - your guests will feel really welcome and looked after. Don't forget, you'll also be able to enjoy your outdoor furniture in the evenings with a glass of wine. They're not just for parties!

For al fresco family dinners and catch-ups with friends

Ronda Rattan Garden Dining Set & 6 Chairs Brown

For those of you who appreciate the formal aspects of outdoor living, you might appreciate our Ronda rattan furniture set. The Ronda set comes with a beautiful glass-top dining table and six classic rattan chairs. You'll be extra comfortable with the additional cushions for the chair seats. Of course, you can use this set in any way you'd like, but we think it is perfect for family meals and low-key barbecues on a Sunday afternoon. Bring on the sun!

Let there be light!

So, you've got the backbones of our garden in place: the furniture is all set. Of course, you'll also need a barbecue if you're planning on sizzling sausages, so make sure you've planned out where this is going to go in relation to the rest of the furniture. You don't want it to be too close and get smoke in everyone's eyes! Now that everything is ready, you'll want to make your garden look a bit more special. Although the summer nights are longer, if your party is really a success then you'll probably need some form of lighting! We recommend draping fairy lights around your trees and along your fences for a really sweet midsummer night's dream effect. However, if you use battery powered lights make sure you don't leave the batteries out in the rain! You can also invest in street lamp-style lights for that romantic Parisian aesthetic. We are big fans of giant garden candles for some subtle lighting - placing them in ornate lanterns gives that luxurious Eastern feel. We particularly love these lanterns from Homebase!

Pinterest-worthy decor

Of course, you're going to be wanting to add a few more details to make your garden party really memorable. This will all depend on how keen you are to make an impression! We've dug out some of our favourite Pinterest mood board which will give you all the inspiration you could ever need. From DIY crafts and cocktail goodness to foodie bits and bobs, with these boards you'll never run out of ideas. It's time to plan the ultimate summer garden party!

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