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How to host an August Bank Holiday garden party?

The sun is finally back and it has us all asking: when is August bank holiday? The good news: it’s Monday 26th August 2019. And that gives you just enough time to plan an aesthetic, chic bank holiday garden party. We’ve got all your garden party ideas covered, from how to style your garden party table to the best summertime serve ware. All you need to do is send out the invitations.

Garden party furniture ideas

Smart, on-trend outdoor furniture might seem like a basic garden party essential, but it can be hard to get right, and achieve a look that’s chic as well as inviting. Rattan’s one of our favourite garden party ideas – it’s functional, durable and cool. This rattan loveseat is perfect for your great outdoors, while this metal pierced top table will look good in contemporary courtyard settings. And don’t forget comfy seats: we love this handmade Moroccan armchair for its vibrant finish.

Garden party decor ideas

Aside from the food, a well-styled garden party table is what’ll impress your guests. So if you’re throwing an August bank holiday garden party, don’t overlook the decor. Moving your indoor vases outdoors, and adding some fresh flowers, is a great garden party decor idea. These alabaster urn vases won’t detract from your flora, while this black and white pottery vase is sleek and chic. Add fauna too, with these wooden bird ornaments. Or embrace the summertime look with a unique, handmade african beaded head centrepiece.

Alabaster Urn Vases, Set of 3
Alabaster Urn Vases, Set of 3 Alabaster Urn Vases, Set of 3 Alabaster Urn Vases, Set of 3 Alabaster Urn Vases, Set of 3
Kyklos Black on White Pottery Vase
Kyklos Black on White Pottery Vase Kyklos Black on White Pottery Vase Kyklos Black on White Pottery Vase Kyklos Black on White Pottery Vase
Bird in Wooden Body Metal Legs
Bird in Wooden Body Metal Legs Bird in Wooden Body Metal Legs Bird in Wooden Body Metal Legs Bird in Wooden Body Metal Legs
Small African Beaded Head Ornament in Brown
Small African Beaded Head Ornament in Brown Small African Beaded Head Ornament in Brown Small African Beaded Head Ornament in Brown Small African Beaded Head Ornament in Brown
Flamingo Plate
Flamingo Plate Flamingo Plate Flamingo Plate Flamingo Plate
Tropical Nights Pitcher 3.5L, Set 1
Tropical Nights Pitcher 3.5L, Set 1 Tropical Nights Pitcher 3.5L, Set 1 Tropical Nights Pitcher 3.5L, Set 1 Tropical Nights Pitcher 3.5L, Set 1
Ice Blue Oslo Aluminium Speaker
Ice Blue Oslo Aluminium Speaker Ice Blue Oslo Aluminium Speaker Ice Blue Oslo Aluminium Speaker Ice Blue Oslo Aluminium Speaker
Linen White and Red Infinity Cushion
Linen White and Red Infinity Cushion Linen White and Red Infinity Cushion Linen White and Red Infinity Cushion Linen White and Red Infinity Cushion
Black Cotton Pom Pom Throw
Black Cotton Pom Pom Throw Black Cotton Pom Pom Throw Black Cotton Pom Pom Throw Black Cotton Pom Pom Throw
Orange Moroccan Pom Pom Throw
Orange Moroccan Pom Pom Throw Orange Moroccan Pom Pom Throw Orange Moroccan Pom Pom Throw Orange Moroccan Pom Pom Throw

Garden party dinnerware ideas

Bank holidays are for food, drink and friends, and August bank holiday should be no different. That’s why garden party dinnerware is crucial to ensuring your garden party’s the talk of the town. We recommend plates and dishes in bright shades and unusual patterns, like these turquoise tropical patterned plates, and quirky flamingo plate. Of course, after dinner comes drinks. Save yourself precious time and go for a pre-made cocktail mix, like this Le Pigalle bottled Manhattan cocktail, served in a tropical patterned pitcher with engraved cocktail glasses. Cheers.

Garden party ideas to set the mood

The best garden parties are the ones which go from day to night. The secret? Atmosphere and ambience. Ensure your August bank holiday garden party goes without a hitch by getting the mood right. Some of our favourite ideas include lighting a scented candle, or using simple candles in terracotta candlesticks. A designer bluetooth speaker is another guaranteed way to amp up the party spirit.

Cosy garden party ideas

As the night draws in, the mercury will drop. So make sure you’re prepared for a cooler night and make plenty of throws and cushions available for your garden party guests. This bright red and white cushion is a fun garden party idea, or go for something more sleek, like this green and white cushion. All that’s left is to add a simple monochrome cotton throw, or playful orange pom pom throw, to keep guests cosy. Just don’t forget to bring them inside at the end of the night.

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