1. Keep it simple
Al fresco entertaining needn’t be a fuss. An outdoor setting creates a laidback atmosphere and with the help of our summer garden party guide is easy and fun too.
2. For a personal touch
Want to add an elegant touch to your next soirée? Write a place card for each of your guests – use plain white card for a classic feel and write each guest’s name using a black ink fountain pen for an elegant, old-fashioned look.
3. Stay cool
Who knew ice cubes could be this imaginative? For a final flourish, impress guests at your next outdoor soirée by popping a few of these pretty floral ice cubes into their cocktail glasses.
4. Moreish bites
Balmy summer evenings have us yearning for something light and fresh for dinner, so don't feel the need to prepare lavish dishes and slave over the stove (we can think of better things to do on hot days, after all). Instead choose fresh, seasonal fruit to pair with both savoury and sweet accompaniments like cheese or yoghurt. High-quality, organic produce is colourful and beautiful too - so will work wonders to beautify your table setting!
5. Light up
Twinkling lights set the mood for a magical summer evening party. Our Alzey Jasmine Scented Candle adds a touch of sweet, blissful light and a sweet summery scent on long nights.
6. Tea time
With juicy cherries now in season, we think this lovely cherry-topped chocolate licorice meringue from Rachel Khoo should take centre stage at an outdoor afternoon tea party with friends.
7. Cocktail hour
There’s nothing like a tipple in the sunshine, especially when it involves a bit of rum. Score extra brownie points with your friends at the next summer barbeque by concocting these easy-to-prepare cocktails .
8. Beautiful blooms
Fresh flowers at the table always add a pretty touch to any meal. Place wild flowers or freshly-picked blooms from your garden in an old glass jam jar or honey pot for a simple, rustic look.
9. An elegant spread
We’re big fans of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food, not to mention his mouth-watering food combinations including this lamb, kale and quince recipe — fabulous fare for garden dinner parties.
10. Presentation is key
11. Make sure your food looks the part with simple, rustic kitchen accessories. Our Mediterranean sourced Vence Serving Board is crafted from high-quality olive wood, ideal for displaying delicious appetisers and antipasti at their best.