How to throw a gorgeous garden party

Hi Guys,

Hope you are all well! I have to stay it’s nice to see some sunshine in the West Midlands today! fingers crossed it continues over the weekend.

The sun has had me thinking about summer, bbq’s and garden parties!  In good old blighty it’s very hard to plan a bbq or garden party in advance as you just don’t know how the weather is going to be.  It’s very much an off the cuff send out some texts on a Friday and hope people are available on the Saturday! lol.  You can however pre-plan how you want your garden to go and this is the focus of today’s post.

It doesn’t matter if you a small garden or acres of land – anyone can throw an epic garden party.  Work with the space you have to create something fab.  For years the standard has been getting the table and chairs set out the shed, get the barbie on the go and drag some extra dining chairs out and there you go!  – While this is perfectly fine and is the basis for a brill night more and more people are leaning towards making parties more memorable and going to town on the decor and props! – Lets face it it’s really nice seeing how much everyone oohh’s and aahh’s over your delectable garden decor and creative prowess!

If you have a big budget and it’s a garden party for a special occasion you can really create something memorable, but on the flip side if you have a smaller budget and still want something beautiful it can easily be done, just get a little creative.


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Get your overall look sorted first – vintage, rustic, glam, eclectic, fun, Moroccan literally whatever you want! Then consider your budget as this will dictate how you can do decor.

Smaller budget? No problem.  Bunting is always a great and inexpensive way to add a touch of pretty to a party.  there are so many different styles available as well so you can keep it on theme!

bbq bundting

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Want to add a little glam? Try the beautiful sequin bunting from Sweet hostess (photo above)

Poms Poms, fairy lights, windmills, even garden buckets with flowers dotted around the patio areas look beautiful.  You can buy some lovely inexpensive decor items from places like eBay, matalan, the range, dunelm etc., to really add those lovely little touches to tables and decking areas.  Add a pretty blanket and cushions to brighten up a dull garden bench.  Get your hands on some palettes to create little table areas.  Hay bales work well for seating if your rural and can grab a few from a farm.


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If you have smaller coffee tables in the house you don’t mind bringing out then make use of them, cover them in pretty material to avoid damage and add some candles, flowers etc., for the glam factor.  Even a toy box can be turned upside and used as a table area.  Anything works as long as it’s sturdy and you can cover it.  Plenty of scatter cushions so people are comfy when chilling out on a grassy chill area.


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Also don’t forget to think about what you’re serving at the garden party.  There are some great ways of displaying food and drinks that add to the fun factor! Consider buying or hiring drinks dispensers for delicious pink lemonade, use back garden objects to store drinks in! Even use some wooden or palettes to create a garden bar!


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Don’t forget the fun & games!!!! You can actually add some games to your garden party without having to break the bank and lets face it dont’ we all love playing around after a few drinks! 🙂

Hook a duck, ring toss and twister are actually so easy and cheap to do and will guarantee to generate a lot of laughs and instagram posts at the party!


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There really is so many great ways of adding those extra touches to transform a Saturday evening bbq into a great summer garden party! Look around your house and sheds – it’s surprising what you already have that can go towards your garden party!

If you have a bigger budget hire some tables and some great linen and throw a wonderful shindig! Gazebo’s are fab for sheltering from any rain, fire pits and patio heaters will keep guests warm into the early hours – have some blankets on standby as well!.


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9.Shabby Chic Garden Party, Shabby Chic Lounge, vintage lounge, romatic lounge

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Thanks for reading guys! Hope this has inspired you to pimp your next garden party!!!

Love Kayleigh


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