When the sun is shining and summer is in full swing, there’s nothing better than chilling in the garden with a beer and a barbecue. The sunnier months can make the garden the hub of the home, perfect for hosting a garden party and celebrating sporting events like the Euro’s.
Impressing your guests with the perfect garden party setup just got a whole lot easier, because we’ve rounded up the best garden party essentials right here.
It's not summer without ice-cold drinks!
A decent barbecue
At the top of the garden party essentials list is, you guessed it – a barbecue! If you like to cook over coals and give food a classic barbecued appearance, a charcoal barbecue could be the way to go. Alternatively, if you’re looking for an easier option that cooks food more evenly and has a range of side burners, a gas barbecue could be for you.
Ultimately, choosing a barbecue is a personal choice related to the way you like to cook. But if you’re planning on hosting a garden party regularly, then it could be worth spending a little more. Don’t forget to stock up on coals or gas and other barbecue essentials!
Garden party drink cooler essentials
There are two things you absolutely can’t do without at a summer garden party – a cooler full of ice-cold drinks and great food. When you’re eating al fresco, it can be a juggling act to have a place to put your drink while you eat, can’t it? Luckily, the perfect solution is out there, and it’s called a Cool Bar.
This trendy-looking garden party kit from Keter is a cocktail table and handy cooler for barbecues and other outdoor events. Just raise the lid to have it as a tabletop and feel the cooler portion with ice and drinks. It’s made from durable and weather-resistant resin that protects against decay, rust and other weather-related damage. Winning!
Alternatively, crack out the ice buckets and fill them full of ice ready to keep drinks cold. Don’t forget to layer the ice bucket with the drinks in first.
A wall-mounted bottle opener
How many times have you been to a garden party only to find you need to open your bottle with your belt? Make opening drinks easy with a few wall-mounted bottle openers. Whether you go for a DIY approach and make your own, or buy them in, you’ll guests will be thankful they don’t have to ruin their favourite belt…or teeth.
You don’t have to have expensive garden furniture to make the outdoor space work for your garden party, just a little imagination! Take the trends outside and impress your guests with comfy accessories like outdoor pillows, blankets rugs. To take the party into the evening, go for outdoor lighting like this Didi uplighter.
A garden bar
Convert your garden into a flexible outdoor space by building an outside bar. With a little imagination, you could create a Tiki bar to be proud of! Don’t forget to stock up on bagged ice, glasses, ice buckets and a cocktail shaker.
There are loads of build your own garden bar tutorials online but the beauty of a DIY approach is you can customise your creation exactly how you want. Outdoor gin bar, craft ale corner or cocktail station, the choice is yours!