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THROWING A GARDEN PARTY

18-Jan-2017
Written by Emma Brancatisano

Styling by Samantha Bourn & Lauren Warner

Property Photography by Des Harris



As temperatures sizzle, summer entertaining spells whimsical outdoor settings, bright blooms and blankets
spread under trees.



Looking to host a lazy afternoon with friends? Or perhaps something slightly more special? These simple additions can transform any backyard into a garden party oasis.



When it comes to decorating, start with an outdoor-inspired centerpiece -- perhaps a long table dressed in calming blue and yellow hues or a billowing teepee, the perfect shady hideaway for your guests.



Nothing spells a garden party more than a sprinkling of bunting. String a few rows of paper flags above your table or from tree branches. Couple these with fairy lights and tea lights dropped in glass jars to keep the party moving when the sun goes down.



For a hot summer’s day, plan food that is simple and refreshing (a platter of seasonal fruit never goes astray). Keep your guests cool with a large pitcher of your favourite summer cocktail brimming with citrus slices, mint and a dashing of Pimm’s (if you’re feeling festive).



A garden party is not complete without a game of croquet on the lawn or a round of noughts and crosses, aptly played whilst strewn out on a blanket -- which reminds us: pair that teepee with ample cushions and rugs to keep everyone comfy and cool all day (and night) long.

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