Posted 17th Jul 2018
With summer upon us, thoughts are turning to outdoor entertaining, with sizzling barbecues and sophisticated soirees high on the agenda
To inspire all those who want to open their gardens and entertain in style, Anglian Home Improvements has compiled their top five tips for setting the scene to achieve the ideal summer party.
1 Keep things simple
Sometimes, less can truly be more. For instance, the stunning white and green theme seen at the recent royal wedding created a simple but effective style which you can easily recreate for your own garden party. Flowers can be used to add a sense of luxury to any event – for instance, make a stunning centrepiece for your table with a vase of white peonies, hydrangea or roses coupled with some bright greenery. A hand-tied bunch of fragrant lavender with raffia makes a rustic place-setting. Simple hessian or brightly-coloured bunting that is draped in your garden will all combine to create a sense of occasion.
2 Light it up
Summer entertaining can go on late into the night. You can keep the party going and create a romantic ambience for your guests by setting up some atmospheric lighting. Simple lanterns carefully positioned around the garden, candles on the table and pretty fairy lights all combine to create a warm, sophisticated feel to proceedings.
3 Take a seat
When you're entertaining, it will be important to make guests feel at home and relaxed. A good way to do this will be providing plenty of seating to help everyone feel comfortable, while a bucket of cosy blankets helps to keep the party outside, even when temperatures dip. You can also use cushions for an easy way to bring your own personality into the garden - use clean, simple colours to create a classic finish or add some brighter shades to create a vibrant, outdoor, summery feeling.
4 Create shade
Relaxing in the garden on a bright sunny day is one of the best ways to spend a sunny day. However, don't forget to provide some outside cover to ensure people stay out of the sun's glare. If you're worried about the little ones, there are several tents and tepees available, or you could even involve them by letting them make their own den. A big umbrella or parasol is a good way of protecting older guests from the midday heat, ensuring sun-worshippers can catch some rays if they so desire.
5 Be prepared
The great British weather has a way of ensuring even the best laid ideas don't go according to plan. Get around this by preparing for rain or shine with a gazebo or small marquee - it can make a pretty feature. If you are really looking to entertain your guests in style, a piece like a bespoke conservatory or orangery will give you a stunning, versatile and welcoming space for the entire year, and are also easy to temperature-control for those chilly nights towards the end of summer.
Tips courtesy of Anglian Home Improvements