How to host the perfect summer garden party

Posted on by Abbie Coombes

Every summer, the Queen hosts three Garden parties within the grounds of Buckingham Palace, and with the weather as it is, it begs the question, why not host your own?

From light bites, cake, to placemats, floral scented candles and of course, a cup of tea, we've created a list of summer garden party essentials to ensure that your guests can enjoy an outdoor dining experience with the perfect ambiance, decor and tastes. 

It cannot be denied that the food determines the success of any party. There is however, a need to get the right balance between slaving in the kitchen to produce food Raymond Blanc would be proud of, and ensuring you guests do not feel neglected. To avoid the latter, light bites and ready to go food are definitely the way forward. 

Forman & Field have a number of sweet and savoury light nibbles to share, many of which just need to be taken out of their packaging, so all you'll have to worry about is making sure they look pretty on the plate. 

Click here to shop Forman & Field's selection of sweet and savoury light treats. 

At each of the Queen's garden parties, it has been estimated that around 27,000 cups of tea are consumed. Although your guests love for a cuppa might not stretch that far, if a slice of cake is on the cards, then it goes without saying, so must be tea!

Whilst you may know how to make a good cup of tea, presentation is also key. A garden party is an occasion to bring out the fine china, and if you're still in search for those matching cups and saucers, then Neisha Crosland is certainly a brand to bear in mind. 

From fine china sugar bowls, milk jugs, cups and saucers, your garden party will be fit for royalty in no time. Click here to shop the Neisha Crosland collection. 

Atlas & I
 can give those outdoor dining tables a unique and personalised touch. Whatever your garden party theme, with Atlas & I's placemats, your guests can be transported to the South of France, or a tropical island. They are a great way of bringing a sense of adventure to any dining table. 

Click here to shop Atlas & I's personalised vintage wine coolers and placemats. 

And if the party goes on into the night...let there be light!

NEW IN at Beyond Bespoke are these beautifully scented vegan candles by Sophie James Mayfair Not only are they 100% vegan friendly, but they are also the perfect way of ensuring the party doesn't end until the sun sets. 

Fragrant with scents of rose, geranium, jasmine, lemon and apple, these Sophie James candles are the perfect relaxation tool. 

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Written by Abbie Coombes