10 TOP TIPS FOR SUMMER ENTERTAINING

There’s nothing quite like being outdoors with your family and besties is there?! Enjoying the sunshine, sipping on crisp cold sauv blanc or a bottle of beer and listening to great tunes amongst fairy lights as it gets dark.

But what if you’re hosting? Do you get stressed just thinking about it?!

Don’t worry…it’s summertime and the hosting is easy because I’m sharing my 10 top tips for summer entertaining that will put the ‘aaaaaaah’ into al fresco and guarantee you have a great time too.

I’ve also put together my favourite summer living and entertaining pieces to help you dress your space:

Lilly Pulitzer Mermaids Cove Insulated Wine Carrier
Lilly Pulitzer Mermaids Cove Insulated Wine Carrier
QuirkyBee Tropical Flamingo Print Cushion Cover
QuirkyBee Tropical Flamingo Print Cushion Cover
Ginger Ray Tropical Pink Wooden Cutlery
Ginger Ray Tropical Pink Wooden Cutlery
Rianna Phillips Tropical Leaf Print Cushion Cover
Rianna Phillips Tropical Leaf Print Cushion Cover
Emodi Palm Leaves Tropical Green Cushion
Emodi Palm Leaves Tropical Green Cushion
Emodi Green Tropical Cushion
Emodi Green Tropical Cushion
Hendog Designs Tropical Coasters Pack Of Four
Hendog Designs Tropical Coasters Pack Of Four
John Lewis & Partners Tropical Mango Wood Salad Servers, Set of 2, Natural/Green
John Lewis & Partners Tropical Mango Wood Salad Servers, Set of 2, Natural/Green
Marquis & Dawe Round Tropical Beach Towel
Marquis & Dawe Round Tropical Beach Towel
John Lewis & Partners Tropical Large Mango Wood Serving Bowl, 38cm, Natural/Green
John Lewis & Partners Tropical Large Mango Wood Serving Bowl, 38cm, Natural/Green
Sunnylife - Inflatable Tropical Island Volley Ball Game
Sunnylife - Inflatable Tropical Island Volley Ball Game
Eddingtons Tropical Leaf Melamine Salad Plate, L23cm, Green
Eddingtons Tropical Leaf Melamine Salad Plate, L23cm, Green
Sunnylife - Tropical Cocktail Kit - Flamingo & Palm Leaves
Sunnylife - Tropical Cocktail Kit - Flamingo & Palm Leaves
Bonnie and Bell Watermelon Salt And Pepper Shakers
Bonnie and Bell Watermelon Salt And Pepper Shakers
Susie Watson Designs Cambridge Stripe Table Linen
Susie Watson Designs Cambridge Stripe Table Linen
Deluxe 4 Burner Steel Gas BBQ
Deluxe 4 Burner Steel Gas BBQ
Bubblegum Balloons Truly Flamingo Food Picks
Bubblegum Balloons Truly Flamingo Food Picks
all things Brighton beautiful Ombre Napkins
all things Brighton beautiful Ombre Napkins
Ban.Do ban. do - All Around Giant Circle Towel - Beverly Stripe
Ban.Do ban. do - All Around Giant Circle Towel - Beverly Stripe
Marks and Spencer Hand Painted Abstract Jug
Marks and Spencer Hand Painted Abstract Jug
Marks and Spencer Hand Painted Abstract Rectangular Platter
Marks and Spencer Hand Painted Abstract Rectangular Platter
Ginger Ray Tropical Pineapple Iridescent Foiled Paper Party Napkin
Ginger Ray Tropical Pineapple Iridescent Foiled Paper Party Napkin
Bunting & Barrow Cocktail Party Drinks Parasols
Bunting & Barrow Cocktail Party Drinks Parasols
John Lewis & Partners Bohemian Summer Ice Bucket, Mint
John Lewis & Partners Bohemian Summer Ice Bucket, Mint
Ella James Indoor / Outdoor Macrame Hanging Table
Ella James Indoor / Outdoor Macrame Hanging Table
George Home Shanghai Parasol - Green
George Home Shanghai Parasol - Green
Bubblegum Balloons Pineapple Ice Bucket
Bubblegum Balloons Pineapple Ice Bucket
Marks and Spencer Hand Painted Abstract Dots Nibble Bowl
Marks and Spencer Hand Painted Abstract Dots Nibble Bowl
Postbox Party Tropical Coconut Party Cocktail Cup
Postbox Party Tropical Coconut Party Cocktail Cup
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Plastic Ice Cream Bowls, Set of 4, 11cm, Assorted
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Plastic Ice Cream Bowls, Set of 4, 11cm, Assorted
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Bubble Stem Plastic Wine Glass, 420ml, Clear/Multi
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Bubble Stem Plastic Wine Glass, 420ml, Clear/Multi
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Plastic Pasta Bowls, Set of 4, 17.5cm, Assorted
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Plastic Pasta Bowls, Set of 4, 17.5cm, Assorted
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Stacking Plastic Wine Glasses, Set of 4, 300ml, Assorted
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Stacking Plastic Wine Glasses, Set of 4, 300ml, Assorted
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Bubble Stem Plastic Cocktail Glass, 340ml, Clear/Multi
John Lewis & Partners Summer Party Bubble Stem Plastic Cocktail Glass, 340ml, Clear/Multi
Lanai Glass Room
Lanai Glass Room
George Home Multi-coloured Solar-powered DIY Letter Lights
George Home Multi-coloured Solar-powered DIY Letter Lights
A By Amara A by Amara - Woodstock Tasseled Pouf - Square
A By Amara A by Amara - Woodstock Tasseled Pouf - Square
George Home Camden 3 Piece Bistro Set - Pink and Orange
George Home Camden 3 Piece Bistro Set - Pink and Orange
Ella James Cream Macrame Hanging Chair
Ella James Cream Macrame Hanging Chair
George Home Limnos 5 Piece Patio Set - Green
George Home Limnos 5 Piece Patio Set - Green
George Home Arizona 3 Piece Bistro Set
George Home Arizona 3 Piece Bistro Set
George Home Miami 6 Piece Patio Set - Rooted
George Home Miami 6 Piece Patio Set - Rooted
Ella James Cream Macrame Double Hanging Garden Seat
Ella James Cream Macrame Double Hanging Garden Seat
House by John Lewis Salsa Garden Coffee Table, 80cm
House by John Lewis Salsa Garden Coffee Table, 80cm
Emilyhannah Ltd Cayo Cupcake Hanging Chair
Emilyhannah Ltd Cayo Cupcake Hanging Chair
Marks and Spencer Rosedale Table & 4 Chairs
Marks and Spencer Rosedale Table & 4 Chairs
John Lewis & Partners Camden Garden 4-Seat Table & Chairs Set
John Lewis & Partners Camden Garden 4-Seat Table & Chairs Set
Oka Marquesas Armless Chair
Oka Marquesas Armless Chair
Parc Dusty Pink Metal Folding Garden Table And 4 Chairs
Parc Dusty Pink Metal Folding Garden Table And 4 Chairs
Argos Home Eve Folding Metal Bistro Set
Argos Home Eve Folding Metal Bistro Set
Argos Home Ronda 4 Seater Metal Sofa Set
Argos Home Ronda 4 Seater Metal Sofa Set
Jambi Pink and orange woven garden chair
Jambi Pink and orange woven garden chair
House by John Lewis Salsa Garden Chair, Set of 2
House by John Lewis Salsa Garden Chair, Set of 2
Design Project by John Lewis No.188 Garden Chair
Design Project by John Lewis No.188 Garden Chair
Garden Leisure Decorative Antique Green Mirror
Garden Leisure Decorative Antique Green Mirror
London Garden Trading Square Copper Tabletop Oil Lantern
London Garden Trading Square Copper Tabletop Oil Lantern
Forest Garden Forest Sorrento Corner Arbour
Forest Garden Forest Sorrento Corner Arbour
Garden Leisure Tall Rectangular Cream Metal Garden Mirror
Garden Leisure Tall Rectangular Cream Metal Garden Mirror
Forest Garden George Sage Playhouse
Forest Garden George Sage Playhouse
Garden Selections Grey Wooden Gothic Arch Mirror
Garden Selections Grey Wooden Gothic Arch Mirror
Garden Leisure Portable Gourmet Bbq Pizza Oven
Garden Leisure Portable Gourmet Bbq Pizza Oven
Garden Trading - Wooden Tray - "Drinks Anyone"
Garden Trading - Wooden Tray - "Drinks Anyone"
Garden Trading - Hampstead Coffee Table
Garden Trading - Hampstead Coffee Table
Garden Trading - Colworth Welly Crate
Garden Trading - Colworth Welly Crate
Garden Trading - Southbank Canopy Wall Light
Garden Trading - Southbank Canopy Wall Light
Garden Trading - Marden Corner Sofa Set
Garden Trading - Marden Corner Sofa Set
Allsop Home & Garden Solar Stella Prism
Allsop Home & Garden Solar Stella Prism
Amelie Design Two Tier Vertical Growing Planter
Amelie Design Two Tier Vertical Growing Planter
Fairwood George Forget-Me-Not Arbour
Fairwood George Forget-Me-Not Arbour
Allsop Home & Garden Outdoor Solar Globe
Allsop Home & Garden Outdoor Solar Globe
London Garden Trading Portuguese Tiled Tray Bowl
London Garden Trading Portuguese Tiled Tray Bowl
Kate Charlton Ceramics Personalised Ceramic Woodland Birdhouse
Kate Charlton Ceramics Personalised Ceramic Woodland Birdhouse
POM GIFTS Personalised Garden Engraved Slate Sign
POM GIFTS Personalised Garden Engraved Slate Sign
Duckpaddle The Heritage Garden Swing
Duckpaddle The Heritage Garden Swing
Argos Home Botanist Large Gardening Box
Argos Home Botanist Large Gardening Box
Forest Garden Forest Instant Patio Deck Kit.
Forest Garden Forest Instant Patio Deck Kit.
Forest Garden Forest Ultima Pergola & Patio Decking Kit
Forest Garden Forest Ultima Pergola & Patio Decking Kit
Dedal - Naso 2.0 Red
Dedal - Naso 2.0 Red
Garden Trading - Aldsworth Pot Ladder
Garden Trading - Aldsworth Pot Ladder
Modern Planter
Modern Planter
Heating & Plumbing London - Pure New Wool Waterproof Picnic Blanket Soft Cranberry Red
Heating & Plumbing London - Pure New Wool Waterproof Picnic Blanket Soft Cranberry Red
Iron & Clay - Hardwood Tapered Planter - Antique White - Small
Iron & Clay - Hardwood Tapered Planter - Antique White - Small
Burgon & Ball - Sophie Conran Gubbins Pots - Sea Green
Burgon & Ball - Sophie Conran Gubbins Pots - Sea Green
Argos Home Artificial Cedar Twist 91cm
Argos Home Artificial Cedar Twist 91cm
Garden Trading - Festoon String Lights - 10 Bulbs
Garden Trading - Festoon String Lights - 10 Bulbs
Garden Trading - Wooden Planter - 40cm
Garden Trading - Wooden Planter - 40cm
Burgon & Ball - Brie Harrison Gardening Gloves - Blue
Burgon & Ball - Brie Harrison Gardening Gloves - Blue
Serax - Gold Glazed Pot - Round
Serax - Gold Glazed Pot - Round
Fatboy - The Original Bean Bag - Red
Fatboy - The Original Bean Bag - Red
Nkuku - Matamba Ceramic Hanging Planter - Large - Black Matchsticks
Nkuku - Matamba Ceramic Hanging Planter - Large - Black Matchsticks
A By Amara A by Amara - Tall Wicker Weave Hurricane - Blue/White
A By Amara A by Amara - Tall Wicker Weave Hurricane - Blue/White
Nkuku - Affiti Hanging Clay Planter - Antique Grey - Large
Nkuku - Affiti Hanging Clay Planter - Antique Grey - Large
The White Company Glass-Jar Fairy Lights - 20 Bulbs
The White Company Glass-Jar Fairy Lights - 20 Bulbs
Kidkraft KidKraft Outdoor Chaise With Umbrella
Kidkraft KidKraft Outdoor Chaise With Umbrella
Kidkraft KidKraft Outdoor Table And Bench Set
Kidkraft KidKraft Outdoor Table And Bench Set
Vertbaudet Children's Deck Chair, Cactus
Vertbaudet Children's Deck Chair, Cactus
House by John Lewis Salsa 2-Seater Garden Sofa
House by John Lewis Salsa 2-Seater Garden Sofa
Sunnylife - String Lights - Watermelon
Sunnylife - String Lights - Watermelon
The Best Room Pink Feather Flamingo
The Best Room Pink Feather Flamingo
Rocket & Rye Carnival Letter Lights 'A To Z' Industrial Silver
Rocket & Rye Carnival Letter Lights 'A To Z' Industrial Silver
The White Company Dark Grey Seat Pad - Set of 4
The White Company Dark Grey Seat Pad - Set of 4
Ginger Ray Tropical Iridescent Foiled Cactus And Pineapple Bunting
Ginger Ray Tropical Iridescent Foiled Cactus And Pineapple Bunting
Abigail Bryans Designs Bouquet Of Peonys In Metal Vase
Abigail Bryans Designs Bouquet Of Peonys In Metal Vase
Sunnylife - String Lights - Flamingo
Sunnylife - String Lights - Flamingo
Villari Porcelain Fig Leaf Dish (15cm)
Villari Porcelain Fig Leaf Dish (15cm)
The White Company Compact Fairy Lights - 750 Bulbs
The White Company Compact Fairy Lights - 750 Bulbs
Felt so good Handmade Felt Flamingo Garland
Felt so good Handmade Felt Flamingo Garland
Condiment Set With Spoon
Condiment Set With Spoon
Copper & Marble Salad Servers
Copper & Marble Salad Servers
The Handmade Cracker Company Jungle Print Handmade Party Crackers. Box Of Six
The Handmade Cracker Company Jungle Print Handmade Party Crackers. Box Of Six
Ginger Ray Hot Pink Flamingo Drink Cocktail Party Stirrers
Ginger Ray Hot Pink Flamingo Drink Cocktail Party Stirrers
Ginger Ray Tropical Flamingo And Bamboo Paper Party Straws
Ginger Ray Tropical Flamingo And Bamboo Paper Party Straws
Birds in Hats Parakeets In Party Hats Stealing Gin Art Print
Birds in Hats Parakeets In Party Hats Stealing Gin Art Print
Magpie Decor Party Light Up LED Sign
Magpie Decor Party Light Up LED Sign
Bunting & Barrow Caribbean Snack Bar Party Centrepiece
Bunting & Barrow Caribbean Snack Bar Party Centrepiece
Peach Blossom Prosecco Pong Party Game
Peach Blossom Prosecco Pong Party Game
Bubblegum Balloons Flamingo Coral Crazy Party Balloon Bunch
Bubblegum Balloons Flamingo Coral Crazy Party Balloon Bunch
The Handmade Cracker Company Flamingo Party Crackers. Box Of Six
The Handmade Cracker Company Flamingo Party Crackers. Box Of Six
Peach Blossom Glitter Pineapple Garland Party Decoration
Peach Blossom Glitter Pineapple Garland Party Decoration
Green Tulip Biodegradeable Party Cutlery Packs Of 250
Green Tulip Biodegradeable Party Cutlery Packs Of 250
Bunting & Barrow Flamingo Party Pack
Bunting & Barrow Flamingo Party Pack
Delightful Living Personalised Enamel Party Sign
Delightful Living Personalised Enamel Party Sign
Ginger Ray Tropical Orange Palm Drink Cocktail Party Stirrers
Ginger Ray Tropical Orange Palm Drink Cocktail Party Stirrers
Ginger Ray Tropical Flamingo Summer Party Photo Booth Props
Ginger Ray Tropical Flamingo Summer Party Photo Booth Props
Ginger Ray Flamingo Shaped Fun Party Decoration Glasses
Ginger Ray Flamingo Shaped Fun Party Decoration Glasses
Bubblegum Balloons Tropical Fiesta Party Cups
Bubblegum Balloons Tropical Fiesta Party Cups
Bubblegum Balloons Tropical Fiesta Gold Pineapple Party Cups
Bubblegum Balloons Tropical Fiesta Gold Pineapple Party Cups
Sophia Victoria Joy Personalised Party Cocktail Drink Stirrer
Sophia Victoria Joy Personalised Party Cocktail Drink Stirrer
England Signs Personalised Garden Party Sign
England Signs Personalised Garden Party Sign
Delightful Living Garden Party Metal Arrow Sign
Delightful Living Garden Party Metal Arrow Sign
Ginger Ray Flamingo Themed Donut Catcher Party Game
Ginger Ray Flamingo Themed Donut Catcher Party Game
Peach Blossom Ice Cream Party Cups
Peach Blossom Ice Cream Party Cups
Postbox Party Tropical Pineapple Garland
Postbox Party Tropical Pineapple Garland
Postbox Party Seaside Fish And Chips Snack Stand
Postbox Party Seaside Fish And Chips Snack Stand
Postbox Party Neon And Gold Flamingo Pattern Party Napkins
Postbox Party Neon And Gold Flamingo Pattern Party Napkins
Postbox Party Gold Pineapple Party Tableware Set
Postbox Party Gold Pineapple Party Tableware Set
Postbox Party Tropical Fruit Temporary Tattoos
Postbox Party Tropical Fruit Temporary Tattoos
Postbox Party Pink Tone Party Confetti In A Box
Postbox Party Pink Tone Party Confetti In A Box
Postbox Party Cactus Party Napkins
Postbox Party Cactus Party Napkins
Postbox Party Colourful Neon Stripe Party Straws
Postbox Party Colourful Neon Stripe Party Straws
Postbox Party Neon And Gold Palm Tree Pattern Party Cups
Postbox Party Neon And Gold Palm Tree Pattern Party Cups
Ginger Ray Boho Floral Design Ice Cream / Treat Tubs
Ginger Ray Boho Floral Design Ice Cream / Treat Tubs

So what makes the perfect ‘al fresco’ experience?

Here are my 10 top tips for summer entertaining…

1.

Add colour and cosiness with vibrant furniture, blankets and cushions and create a sense of occasion with bunting and other pretty decorations like this Boho Fiesta. Think palm leaves or blooms in a vase full of lemons or a hollow pineapple.

Shop for your Boho Fiesta Party…

Bubblegum Balloons Tropical Fiesta Llama Crazy Balloon Bunch
Bubblegum Balloons Tropical Fiesta Llama Crazy Balloon Bunch
Ginger Ray Tropical Wooden Cactus Bunting Garland
Ginger Ray Tropical Wooden Cactus Bunting Garland
Sunnylife - Giant Jumbling Tower - Malibu
Sunnylife - Giant Jumbling Tower - Malibu
Sunnylife - Sunset Carnival Beach Umbrella
Sunnylife - Sunset Carnival Beach Umbrella
Little Lulubel Frida Kahlo Party Kit
Little Lulubel Frida Kahlo Party Kit
Peach Blossom Carnival Party Fair Tickets
Peach Blossom Carnival Party Fair Tickets
Peach Blossom Paper Garland Photo Booth Party Backdrop
Peach Blossom Paper Garland Photo Booth Party Backdrop
George Multi-coloured Solar-powered Globe Party Lights
George Multi-coloured Solar-powered Globe Party Lights
Aimee Willow Designs 'Party Time' Cactus Print On Handmade Paper
Aimee Willow Designs 'Party Time' Cactus Print On Handmade Paper
Ginger Ray Tropical Hot Summer Party Photo Booth Props Pack
Ginger Ray Tropical Hot Summer Party Photo Booth Props Pack
Little Lulubel Colored Tassel Party Picks
Little Lulubel Colored Tassel Party Picks
Little Lulubel Feather Party Crown
Little Lulubel Feather Party Crown
Ginger Ray Rose Gold Circle Garland For Wedding And Parties
Ginger Ray Rose Gold Circle Garland For Wedding And Parties
Peach Blossom Set Of Three Crepe Paper Streamers Party Decoration
Peach Blossom Set Of Three Crepe Paper Streamers Party Decoration
Bubblegum Balloons Pack Of 14 Flamingo Pink Party Confetti Balloons
Bubblegum Balloons Pack Of 14 Flamingo Pink Party Confetti Balloons
Little Ella James Hanging Paper Party Chandelier
Little Ella James Hanging Paper Party Chandelier
Peach Blossom Tropical Themed Birthday Cake Party Candles
Peach Blossom Tropical Themed Birthday Cake Party Candles
Peach Blossom Pastel Paper Ball Party Decorations
Peach Blossom Pastel Paper Ball Party Decorations
Postbox Party Colourful Party Decorating Kit
Postbox Party Colourful Party Decorating Kit
Postbox Party Floral Fiesta Mexicana Bunting
Postbox Party Floral Fiesta Mexicana Bunting
Postbox Party Cactus Temporary Tattoos
Postbox Party Cactus Temporary Tattoos
Postbox Party Multi Colour Party Confetti In A Box
Postbox Party Multi Colour Party Confetti In A Box
Postbox Party Feather Temporary Tattoos
Postbox Party Feather Temporary Tattoos
Postbox Party Tropical Party Gold Pineapple Napkins
Postbox Party Tropical Party Gold Pineapple Napkins
Postbox Party Floral Headpiece Flower Crown
Postbox Party Floral Headpiece Flower Crown
Lights4fun 30 Woodland Feather Fairy Lights
Lights4fun 30 Woodland Feather Fairy Lights
Fringe & Fray Macrame Wall Hanging Hand Crafted
Fringe & Fray Macrame Wall Hanging Hand Crafted
A By Amara A by Amara - Macrame Hurricane - White & Natural - Tall
A By Amara A by Amara - Macrame Hurricane - White & Natural - Tall
Ginger Ray Boho Themed Colourful Flag Bunting Hanging Decoration
Ginger Ray Boho Themed Colourful Flag Bunting Hanging Decoration

2.

Solve the problem of accommodating extra guests and create a kids’ table at the same time by covering wooden pallets with cloth and surround with comfy floor cushions or set up a picnic area with blankets, rugs and cushions. For our girls’ Mermaid Party we had a row of pallets along the floor for eating and crafts.

3.

Avoid breakages, save on the washing up and take the opportunity to add some fun by providing quirky paper cups and plates. Put disposable cutlery and serviettes in jars for easy access.

Shop Party Disposables…

Ginger Ray Iridescent Foiled Unicorn Pastel Tassel Paper Cups
Ginger Ray Iridescent Foiled Unicorn Pastel Tassel Paper Cups
Little Lulubel Small Sun Plate
Little Lulubel Small Sun Plate
Peach Blossom Floral Heart Paper Party Plates
Peach Blossom Floral Heart Paper Party Plates
Bubblegum Balloons Twinkle Twinkle Party Cups
Bubblegum Balloons Twinkle Twinkle Party Cups
Postbox Party Unicorn Party Rainbow Tableware Set
Postbox Party Unicorn Party Rainbow Tableware Set
Postbox Party Iridescent Stripe Party Plates
Postbox Party Iridescent Stripe Party Plates
Postbox Party Pastel And Gold Party Cups
Postbox Party Pastel And Gold Party Cups
Postbox Party Colourful Neon And Gold Mini Party Hats
Postbox Party Colourful Neon And Gold Mini Party Hats
Postbox Party Lilac And White Stripe Party Napkins
Postbox Party Lilac And White Stripe Party Napkins
Postbox Party Lilac And White Stripe Party Cups
Postbox Party Lilac And White Stripe Party Cups
Postbox Party Iridescent Stripe Party Cups
Postbox Party Iridescent Stripe Party Cups
Postbox Party Neon Rainbow Pattern Party Cups
Postbox Party Neon Rainbow Pattern Party Cups
Postbox Party Pastel Ombré Paper Party Tablecloth
Postbox Party Pastel Ombré Paper Party Tablecloth
Postbox Party Gold Foil Confetti Party Paper Cups
Postbox Party Gold Foil Confetti Party Paper Cups
Postbox Party Pastel And Gold Party Plates
Postbox Party Pastel And Gold Party Plates
Postbox Party Pink Blushing Heart Face Napkins
Postbox Party Pink Blushing Heart Face Napkins
Postbox Party Pastel Party Napkins
Postbox Party Pastel Party Napkins
Postbox Party Baby Shower Sun Paper Party Plates
Postbox Party Baby Shower Sun Paper Party Plates
Postbox Party Colourful Print Paper Party Cups
Postbox Party Colourful Print Paper Party Cups
Postbox Party Striped Yellow Party Paper Cups
Postbox Party Striped Yellow Party Paper Cups
Postbox Party Silver Party Paper Straws
Postbox Party Silver Party Paper Straws
Postbox Party Tropical Watermelon Party Napkins
Postbox Party Tropical Watermelon Party Napkins
Postbox Party 8x Colourful Love Heart Shaped Paper Plates
Postbox Party 8x Colourful Love Heart Shaped Paper Plates
Postbox Party Alice In Wonderland Napkins
Postbox Party Alice In Wonderland Napkins

4.

Great tunes add to the atmosphere and help to set the scene. Think ‘Gypsy Kings’ for an authentic sound if serving tapas or paella, Ibiza Chill Out for a cool daytime gathering, or upbeat summer tunes to get the energy levels up for an evening party. If you don’t have an electric point outside there are some really great portable speakers around where you can plug your phone in to access your playlists plus they’re sand and water resistant too. Winner!

Sunnylife portable beach speaker

5.

Alongside a selection of drinks in ice buckets consider a ‘Pimp your Drink’ station including bottle openers, lime wedges, edible flowers, straws, flavoured syrups, fresh mint and ice cubes made with pieces of fresh fruit.

6.

As the sun sets it’s always special to see candlelight. Consider safer options such as lanterns and use citronella infused candles to keep the bugs at bay.

7.

Create a party vibe by using string lights around fencing, around tree trunks or above head height. Solar powered lights are a great option with the absence of electric points.

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8.

’Self serve’ options make things a lot easier for the host and create a more informal relaxed feel for guests. Position food and drink in a shady area or underneath umbrellas to preserve it from the elements.

9.

Enhance the experience by setting up a garden games area, having festival glitter (which can be applied with Vaseline) or a fun photo prop zone and consider practical solutions like setting up a ‘Suncream Station’, putting bins outside for rubbish and recycling, and having wet wipes readily available.

10.

Big football game on and want to keep everyone happy without separating the group? Embrace the game and bring the tv outside! Have a big bucket filled with ice for the beers and don’t forget the bottle opener…

TV in the garden

Happy summer peeps! I hope my 10 top tips for summer entertaining will help you to host the perfect al fresco fiesta.

Please tag @ohsokel on Instagram if you create something after seeing this post. I’d love to see the results.

Until next time,

OSK xx

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