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THE 12 ESSENTIALS YOU NEED TO THROW THE BEST GARDEN PARTY EVER

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FROM ALL-WEATHER FURNITURE TO SUNSHINE INSPIRED DECOR, WE SHOW YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HOST THE MOST MEMORABLE OUTDOOR BASH OF THE SUMMER.

Mornings are lighter, the days are getting longer and the evenings are stretching out towards the sun. Sound the klaxon because that means that summer is officially here!  And what better way to celebrate the balmy weather and oh-those-summer-nights than with a good ol’ fashioned garden party? Frankly we’ll take any excuse for a little bit of outdoor entertaining!

Whether you’re planning a casual barbecue for yourself and bae (#CoupleGoals), rounding up your squad of besties for an al fresco dinner or throwing a proper knees-up party, one thing’s for certain: your garden has to be looking its best for the guests! As well as keeping your yard looking spick and span with regular grass trims, that means spicing things up with fancy finishing touches and some key outdoor essentials.

If a sunny weekend or Bank Holiday BBQ is on the agenda (why wouldn’t it be?), then a decent bit of kit is an investment worth making in order to keep the hungry crowds at bay! If you don’t know where to start, we recommend choosing your barbecue according to budget and the number of guests: affordable, simple and effective charcoal BBQs are perfect for smaller numbers and boast a traditional smoky flavour, whilst heavyweight gas varieties are a wise choice for anyone feeding the 5000 on a regular basis.

Simply looking to enjoy a few glasses of something fizzy after work on a sun-soaked Friday? Glam up your garden space with a dining table and outdoor furniture that will double up nicely for dinner later on too. Any good host knows that impressing your guests lies in the little details; think oh so Instagrammable bunting, colourful kitchenware and weatherproof fairy lighting to keep the party going until dawn!

To ensure that you’re the host with the most, here’s our top 10 essentials to get your garden party-ready for summer - available to buy in store and online at Bullring & Grand Central now.