I think we can finally say that summer is here. Next week the nation will be awash with red, white and blue garden and street parties for the Jubilee, and we think this will bring back people's love for gathering together and enjoying an alfresco drink and dance. The National Garden Scheme's 'Great British Garden Party' campaign is underway and we're thrilled to sponsor it for a second year. Joining in the campaign is simple, and you certainly don't need to have a perfectly primed garden to get involved. You'll just need some tea party items (find our bundles here!), some treats and a party spirit.
Here are some extra tips for setting up the ultimate garden party:
1. Make use of your trees
2. Light it up
As the sun dips down create a beautiful ambient setting and illuminate your garden tablescape with flickering candles. Long dinner candles give a serene sophistication to the setting whilst smaller tea lights create a delicate light amongst the plates and glasses. Have a look at our brand new glass candle holders and spiral candles here
3. Table blooms
The number one accessory for a garden party table is of course flowers. You'll have seen from our Instagram how much we love placing bright blooms in our glass bud vases and scattering them around tablescapes. They truly make the table come alive, and smell great!
4. Don't forget to factor in the English weather
We all know how unpredictable the English weather can be and showers are always a possibility. Alternatively if you're lucky the sun may shine down and you'll need some shade. You can always set up your garden party to involve a covered canopy, for example under a canopy of trees, or including tents. We enjoyed a lovely tea party in a local band stand. Remember it doesn't have to be set in your own home.
5. Keep your party eco-friendly where possible!
Enjoy the day guilt-free by incorporating paper or reusable party products into the party. With our products becoming increasingly more sustainable we are pleased to see them being used, reused and recycled. Read more about our eco journey here.
Read more about about The National Garden Scheme and putting together your own Great British Garden Party here.