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Top tips to throw a sizzling summer soiree

Summer is well and truly here which means it’s time for BBQs, hanging out in the garden with friends, al fresco dining and of course, garden parties. There’s no better time to host an open air summer party than now; the sun is shining, the evenings are lighter and the air is warmer.

If you’re planning to invite friends and family over for a summer soiree, the chances are you’ve got the basics down, but a few extra details really can make a big difference. Here are some of our top tips to help you throw a sizzling summer soiree to be proud of.

Add garden decorations and bunting

Decorating the garden can turn a plain area into a summer wonderland, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Adding bunting, fairy lights, ribbons and flowers is inexpensive but will add colour and brightness to your outdoor space.

Light up the area with fairy lights

Adding lighting to your garden is the perfect way to create ambience. Fairy lights are ideal for summer parties as they can be placed anywhere, are subtle, easy to move and look great. Plus, if you choose a solar option you needn’t worry about finding a power source.

Stick to finger food and snacks

Though a full BBQ or sit down meal is tempting, finger food and small snacks work best for summer soirees as they can be eaten anywhere and appeal to even the fussiest of eaters. Plus, you won’t find yourself worrying about cooking and serving food at a certain time.

Use drinks holder to reduce spillages

Outdoor drinks holders are great for summer garden parties for many reasons. They’re somewhere for guests to rest their drinks and they help to prevent spillages; simply push them into the ground wherever people are likely to stand or sit. They work well for mugswine bottleswine glasses and beers

Have citronella candles to repel flies and insects

One of the big downsides to having a gathering outside is the sheer number of flies and insects that try to join the fun, especially in the evening. Citronella candles work well as they repel most insects, smell great and set a relaxed, tranquil mood.

At Home & Garden Extras we understand the importance of having a functional outdoor space. Take a look at our wide range of products to get your garden looking its best, whether you’re planning a big party or just want a space you can enjoy with family.

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