With the ongoing wariness around indoor gatherings throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our gardens have become an even more vital space for socialising. And it’s important to think carefully about how to make your garden feel welcoming and how to use the space as best you can.
Why not make the most of your outdoor space with these garden party ideas? From fire pits to music speakers, here’s how to throw a garden party to remember.
Get garden party comfortable
Whether you have a small garden or a large space to fill, there is a huge range of outdoor seating options on offer. Foldable chairs and cushions are great for balcony gardens, whilst a statement, corner sofa would look great in a bigger garden. Seating for a garden party should be comfortable, but you should also think about fitting chairs in hidden away nooks and crannies where people can enjoy a new garden view or your planting.
And don’t forget the accessories too. Cushions for the garden are essential, but make sure they are durable and wet/weather resistant just in case. Keeping warm from the chill as the night draws in is one of the perfect ways to make your guests feel at home.
Here are a few garden seating ideas that will fit perfectly in your garden party situation.
AFRICA Solid Oak Director’s Chair, yellow and oak, £60, Habitat
Fermob Surprising Stacking Chair, cedar green and wood, £259, made in design
Hampstead Corner Sofa, £1,250, Garden Trading
Ryker Embroidered Cushion Cushion, £25, MADE
Oblique Outdoor Rug, £119, MADE
Herringbone Block Pastel Throw, £80, National Trust
Lay out a great garden party spread
Serve up a storm with the help of some stylish outdoor tableware and keep cool under a parasol (or dry from the rain!). Beautiful glasses, plates and mats can really help lift an afternoon’s entertaining. Having a colour scheme is a great way of making a garden party feel even more special and guests will likely love any detail you put in for them. Botanical and floral-themed can be a really nice way of reflecting what’s going in the garden around you.
You could try serving up some fresh food from your garden or you can learn how to grow your own cocktails with freshly grown herbs. Check out our recipes page for more inspiration, and don’t miss our piece on the best pizza ovens, which is a perfect and easy way to eat al fresco with your friends.
Grogged Mezze Serveware Set, £220, The New Craftsmen
Hay Sip Glass Straws, set of 6, £25, Liberty
Embroidered Vegetable Napkins, Set of 6, £60, OKA
Marble Terrazzo Board, £55, Rose & Grey
Penny Rattan Placemats, £26 each, Anthropologie
Hay Jochen Holz Glass Jug, amber, £29, AMARA
Big Bill Parasol, £755, East London Parasol Company
Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven, £249, Ooni
Feel all aglow
Keep the party going and stay warm as the sun sets with a cosy fire pit, some twinkling festoon lights, candles for the table and portable lights which means you don’t have to faff with wires.
Candlelight is the perfect way of moving from afternoon to evening and of making your garden a little more magical for your guests. Lighting up trees and backlighting plants can also be a great way of increasing the atmosphere in your garden, don’t miss our feature on garden night lights and lights for front gardens too.
Stripe Candles, from £16.95, RE
Wild Mushroom Candles, £48, Saudade
SOLVINDEN LED Solar-powered Lantern, £12.75, IKEA
Outdoor Festoon Lights, from £30, Lights4fun
Innermost Bud Portable Lights by Innermost, £99, Heals
Fermob Mooon! LED Wireless Lamp, honey, £109, made in design
Kew Firebowl, £159, Ivyline
And for something extra special…
Make it a party to remember with these additional garden party accessories and activities. Create your own garden cinema (and you could even show some garden-related films) or turn your garden into a dance-floor with some stylish outdoor speakers. There are a host of portable speakers and outdoor entertainment systems available these days for all your needs, but when looking for a speaker, go for robust, ideally weather proof and something that has great connectivity. The better your speaker connects with WiFi the further afield you can take it.
Nebula Mars 2 HD Ready Smart Portable Mini Projector, £599.99, Currys PC World
Birdybox Zebrano-wood Music Box, £60, Selfridges
Make your very own outdoor cinema garden party with our guide