So it might be the coldest, wettest summer that I can remember but that doesn't stop me making plans for that one sunny day that may, or may not, happen in the near future. This is the first time in 5 years that we've had our own garden, so we really want to make the most of it and have lots of barbeques and days outside with our friends. If you've read my blog for a while, you'll probably know that I'm a total Pinterest addict and the garden pics on there have me totally hooked. Here's some of my favourite garden party and decoration ideas ...
1. Bunting - Who doesn't love a bit of bunting for decoration? It's a cheap and cheerful way to add some extra colour to your garden, especially if you don't have much space. You can put it on your fence, around your decking, or along the top of your shed or garage. I love the pretty pastel printed bunting here or this bright coloured bunting. I love the idea of sticking to a particular theme like pastels, prints or bright colours.
2. Cocktails on Tap - This is probably the thing I'm most looking forward to - lots of fun cocktails that look pretty and taste even better. My favourite drink just now is Malibu and Ginger Ale (best combination ever, by the way), and it would be perfect with frozen lime pieces to keep it cold outside. There's so many recipes on Pinterest for summer cocktails and you can pick up these glass or plastic drinks dispensers quite cheaply - the best I've found is this one from Matalan at just £10.00. If you want to go full on Pinterest style (and why wouldn't you..?) - you could also serve them in cute little mason jars like these ones.
3. Candles, everywhere - One of my favourite set-ups ever is when you're sitting in the garden in the summer with your friends, the sun has almost set and it's starting to get a little bit cooler so you put on a big jumper or put a blanket over your legs, then you light some candles to keep the table bright. There's something about that time of night and that atmosphere that I absolutely love (and totally miss this year!).
I love these ideas below on how to use candles in your garden. The one on the left is so simple but looks so pretty - and, as a bonus, there's no chance of your decking going up in flames if someone knocks it over! Another similar idea, that I actually saw in Ikea, was to half fill the jar with crushed glass and place a wide candle on top. It's perfect for placing around the garden or using as a centre piece if you're sitting outside at night time.
You can find all these ideas and more on my Pinterest board 'In The Garden'.
What do you think of these ideas? What's your favourite way to decorate the garden?