Summer Outdoor Entertainment Fun
The weather is changing and the nights are getting longer. A perfect time to get together with friends and family. Here are some ideas for the perfect outdoor event.
Setting the Scene
Think about the type of party or gathering you will be having.
Is it a dinner party or BBQ?
How many guests are coming?
Does your gathering need to be kid or pet friendly with a separate area just for them?
These things will help you work out how to organise the space and where to put the food and so on.
Once you have sorted this out, you can think about where the furniture is. Then it is time to work out the colour scheme and any decorations.
Get the garden ready for a seasonal soirée with a fiesta of colour, a DIY drinks station, relaxing seating and more with Wayfair. Get inspiration from http://wayfair.co.uk.
This hanging fan decoration is a brilliant, eye catching addition for any summer party or BBQ. The bunting consists of 6 large fans and is 3m in length. A pink fan is also available.
It costs £6.49 from Ginger Ray,
Lights, Camera, Action
Lighting can make all the difference to a party. Pretty outdoor string lights in rows look great when the sun has gone down, or you might prefer to have lots of lanterns lit for a cool glow.
These Summer Garden Sunset Alfresco Dining lights are from Lights4fun, £34.99. www.lights4fun.co.uk.
Image (right): Lights4fun.co.uk, ©Lights4fun Ltd. Image Shot by Oliver Perrott
Heating and Eating
Even in summer it can get chilly at times so thinking about heating is important. A firebowl is a good addition to an outside space. The one pictured in the bottom left picture is the Outdoor Eden Firebowl Black Iron. Position in the middle of your garden to bring instant warmth and atmosphere to any social gathering. Rust iron or Black finish. It costs £119.99 from Charlton Island, www.charltonisland.com.
Alternatively try a fire pit which can double up for cooking or for warmth. The bottom middle picture is the Cook King Montana Outdoor Low Fire Pit. This fire pit can be converted into an outdoor grill. It costs £269 from Naken, www.naken.co.uk.
The bottom right picture is the Helston steel fire pit, which is made from lightweight steel, a solid material designed to maximise heat radiance is both practical and beautifully designed and
A fantastic centrepiece for entertaining when gathering around the fire and chatting with friends. It costs £119.99 from Gardenesque, www.gardenesque.com.
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Get the Garden in Shape
If you're having friends or family round to your house then it's nice to have a tidy up of your outdoor area.
Some pretty plants will add colour and fragrance. With their wide range of colours, varied flowers and strikingly patterned foliage in different shades of green, upright geraniums in particular are also perfect as bedding plants.
Pictured left is Summer Vibrance geraniums.
Image Credit: Pelargoniums for Europe
Offering every child an outdoor experience whatever the weather, this Cottage Garden Den Kit (pictured above) captures creative imaginations, encourages resourcefulness and innovation, provides escape and sanctuary, and supplies hours and hours of simple fun.
The kit contains a stylish haversack, a waterproof purple tarpaulin (2.4 x 1.8m), a durable groundsheet (1.8 x 1.2m), a wooden mallet, 10 metres of jute rope, 8 steel tent pegs, a cotton tent peg bag, 3m of cotton bunting in natural pastel shades, nature identification and information cards, a beech kaleidoscope, Patterns in Nature Guide, reusable, drawstring jute bag and helpful tips and den-building inspiration on a saveable ideas sheet. It costs £45, from The Den Kit Company, thedenkitco.com
Some toys to keep children amused are a great idea. Such as this retro wooden racing car from Blue Brontide, pictured right.
Each toy car is designed and handcrafted in the UK, made from sustainably sourced oak wood. Plus for every order you place they will plant a tree with their reforestation partner Ecologi.
It costs £38.99 from Blue Brontide,
Hope your soiree goes with a bang! Enjoy your parties...
Photography by Lola Jones Photography