Summer is fast approaching and the abundant sunny spells we’ve been having lately are getting me excited to start hosting garden parties in our new entertaining space.
With a little help from The White Company, I’m going to talk you through my necessities to host the perfect summer garden party!
As a décor enthusiast it’s probably no surprise which element I find the most exciting when preparing to entertain friends and family – how to decorate the space! Beautiful lanterns and hanging decorations aren’t just reserved for indoors; elegant white bunting strung around the garden instantly creates a party atmosphere and the neutral palette works well for all types of garden décor.
White Bunting – Link
A few statement lanterns placed around the garden with gently flickering candles add to the ambience and create the perfect centrepieces. This tone of this dark grey rectangular lantern from The White Company contrasts beautifully against my white dining table and compliments the grey accents in my garden.
Grey Lantern – Link
Whether you’re planning a sumptuous finger buffet or a sophisticated sit down lunch for your guest’s plates and napkins will be essential. Whilst I love the ease of disposable tableware for some occasions, to make the event feel really special only soft linen napkins and proper plates will do! I love the heart detail on these napkins from The White Company, they’re super soft but sturdy at the same time which makes them the perfect choice for outdoor entertaining – you can tell they will last for years!
Heart Napkins – Link
An elegant tablecloth would also work great in this style and make cleaning up easier!
You can’t forget the appetising food to go with those proper plates! Guests always appreciate some nibbles when they arrive, this can be as simple as some crisps and nuts or opt for little platters of olives, buffalo mozzarella and Serrano ham for a Mediterranean vibe. These platters from The White Company are the perfect size for laying out those snacks.
Twin Platters – Link
While the snacks keep your guests satisfied it’s time to fire up the BBQ or turn on the pizza oven – fresh pizza is definitely a favourite around here this year, a pizza oven is well worth the investment! Lay the snacks out near your outdoor cooking space so that you can keep talking whilst cooking or forget the outdoor cooking altogether and pick lots of tapas style dishes.
Remember the sweet treats too; strawberries always make me think of summer so fill dessert glasses with a few scoops of ice-cream, drizzle with strawberry sauce and top with a few fresh strawberries for a light summer dessert. These dessert glasses from The White Company would be perfect for ice-cream sundaes or the odd cocktail or two!
Dessert Glasses – Link
Talking of cocktails above, another important garden party factor is of course the drinks! Keep the drink flowing by using a large drinks dispenser filled with delicious homemade lemonade and a giant ice bucket full of bottles of drink.
Some guests might even prefer a cup of tea (I know my mum would!), so create a little tea making section in the kitchen or in the garden to keep everyone happy!
The sign of a good garden party is one where guests are still mingling as the sun starts to set; to accommodate that string fairy lights or festoon lights around the garden so that you’re ready to continue the party after dark. Lay out pretty tea light holders on tables and light them as the sun starts to go down. These mercury tea light holders from The White Company are simply stunning and create a great reflection in the dark.
Tea Light Holders – Link
It might also be a good idea to light citronella scented tea lights or candles after dark to keep the insects away!
Given the unpredictability of British weather it’s useful to have cosy blankets on hand if the evening turns a little chilly. It’s also worth considering a fire pit or patio heaters to keep your guests warm too – our fire pit table is the perfect focal point after dark, and even better for toasting marshmallows on!
Last but by no means least is the importance of good music to any event; the right music can instantly put your guests in a party mood from the moment they walk in the door. Create a party playlist or use a Bluetooth speaker system so that guests can stream their own music inputs too.
All that’s left now is to get inviting friends and family over to create some precious summer memories!
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*This is a sponsored post with The White Company, but as always all opinions and views are my own.