10 garden party must-haves you'll need this summer

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10 garden party must-haves you'll need this summer

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A garden for entertaining in:  Garden by Charlesworth Design, Minimalist
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If you have a fabulous garden ready to use, well done you! Every professional gardener in the country is officially saluting you right now, but don't go thinking that you are 100% ready for some sunshine entertaining, as there are a few more things that you need! We've put together a handy Top 10 of outdoor essentials for the ultimate summer garden parties, so come and take a look and see if you need to write yourself a shopping list!

1. A large garden parasol.

A Garden for Entertaining in:  Garden by Charlesworth Design, Minimalist
Charlesworth Design

A Garden for Entertaining in

Charlesworth Design

Sunshine or not, this is the UK guys, so we need to be prepared for the inevitability of summer rain showers! In the unlikely event of no grey clouds, you'll still be glad of a parasol, for a little shady respite from the heat!

2. Somewhere for the bevvies.

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler: modern  by Garden Trading, Modern
Garden Trading

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler

Garden Trading

You can't have a party without plenty of cold drinks, so have a think about how you can make refreshments accessible. We LOVE this bar, with an inset drinks trough that can be filled with bottles and ice!

3. Gorgeous furniture.

Bergo Unique tiles in Sand colour:  Terrace by Ecotile Flooring, Scandinavian
Ecotile Flooring

Bergo Unique tiles in Sand colour

Ecotile Flooring

The key to great entertaining is comfort, so if you don't already have some stylish furniture outside, now's the time to invest! the best thing is that all your local DIY stores will have fantastic seasonal offers to take advantage of right now.

4. Stylish party crockery.

Fancy Flamingo Plate Set: eclectic  by Yvonne Ellen, Eclectic
Yvonne Ellen

Fancy Flamingo Plate Set

Yvonne Ellen

Whether you opt for fun, colourful plastic picnic crockery or something a little more fancy, your food serving platters are key to enviable entertaining! Start with a colour scheme or pattern in mind and go from there!

5. The mother of all BBQs.

Outdoor Kitchen in a contemporary style.:  Garden by Design Outdoors Limited, Modern
Design Outdoors Limited

Outdoor Kitchen in a contemporary style.

Design Outdoors Limited

A fantastic BBQ is an absolute must for outdoor entertaining and if you've been considering upgrading your simple wheelie grill, now's the time! A gas-fired option really is an investment that you'd never regret.

6. Extra seating options.

Regatta Deckchair: minimalist  by Hen and Hammock, Minimalist
Hen and Hammock

Regatta Deckchair

Hen and Hammock

It doesn't matter how many people you invite to a garden party, more always turn yup! With that in mind, you need a good stock of extra seating option, so grab a few deckchairs and store them in the shed for when you need them!

7. Mesh food covers.

Picnic Crochet Food Cover: country  by Dotcomgiftshop, Country
Dotcomgiftshop

Picnic Crochet Food Cover

Dotcomgiftshop

Why spend lots of time preparing amazing food, if you're going to leave it at the mercy of pests? Mesh food covers are so cheap to buy, but keep all of your delicious noms safe and fresh!

8. Funky glassware.

Kilner Drinking Jar Glasses Set Of 4 Clear 540ml: eclectic  by NuCasa, Eclectic
NuCasa

Kilner Drinking Jar Glasses Set Of 4 Clear 540ml

NuCasa

We always like the idea of having party-specific glassware in store, so that everyone can have their own vessel for the whole day. A great extra touch is to paint a little chalk paint section, so guests can write their name on their glass!

9. Glass holders!

Aztec Gas Fire Table - Rooftop Garden (London): modern  by Rivelin, Modern
Rivelin

Aztec Gas Fire Table—Rooftop Garden (London)

Rivelin

You don't want to be finding discarded glasses in your borders for weeks to come, which is why a plethora of little tables and resting spots is essential! Even small wooden foldable tables will be a perfect solution.

10. Coasters and mats.

Sophie Allport's Runner Duck Tableware: country  by Sophie Allport, Country Cotton Red
Sophie Allport

Sophie Allport's Runner Duck Tableware

Sophie Allport

We know that outdoor entertaining is a little less formal than indoor dining, but you still want to try and prevent glass marks and spills on your pretty patio furniture, which is why outdoor coasters and mats are a good investment. Choose easy to clean varieties and your clean-up time will be halved!

For more outdoor inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Outdoor wall light ideas.

Are you ready for the ultimate garden party now?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd, Modern

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