Whether it’s sitting in candlelight having a drink with loved ones or cuddling up by an outdoor firepit under layers of blankets, there’s something undeniably comforting about intimate garden gatherings with family and friends
Welcoming your guests to the great outdoors this Easter will be a fantastic occasion, with your garden cultivating hope, positivity and a sense of calm this summer. We’ve put together some gardening gathering ideas to make happy memories in your outdoor space.
Screen your own blockbuster
Create a festoon atmosphere with our Copper Sphere LED Solar String Lights (RRP £24.99) to decorate the space whilst omitting a subtle glow in their attractive copper cages for a stylish look, whilst our 200 LED solar string lights (RRP £19.99) will turn any outdoor space into a twinkly wonderland. Our Moroccan Solar Lantern (RRP £39.99) with its intricate cut out pattern, will add a beautiful silhouette to foliage, walls or fences.
To create the screen, all you need is a white sheet pinned to washing line or to a fence or wall weighted down, or you can plant sticks into plant pots and tie the sheet down to watch your blockbuster. The finishing touch is Bluetooth speakers or headphones for movie quality sound.
Every cinema needs a comfortable area for guests to sit for an outdoor movie night. Our Repton Wooden Table and Chairs Furniture Set with Cushions (RRP £999.99) means you can enjoy the film in complete luxury with friends, or if you are planning to watch a movie with your better half then companion seats such as our Repton Queen Eucalyptus Wooden Bench (RRP £149.99) with some cosy blankets is the perfect choice. Our Paxton Rattan Garden Day Bed (RRP £899.99) will also allow you to lie in comfort all evening long and will instantly transform your outdoors into an oasis of tranquillity and calm.
Festival Garden Style
To create a truly awe-inspiring festival atmosphere, use your garden furniture to create zones with bright cushions, blankets and beanbags. Our Repton Picnic Style Wooden Table and Benches Furniture Set (RRP £899.99) is ideal for sociable seating arrangements, whilst sipping a cool drink or eating al-fresco. Decorate your garden with colourful tones, flags are a common site in festival crowds so style your outdoor space with bright patterns and bunting to recreate the experience.
Festivals are full of mouth-watering food stalls and the scent of cooking in the air. Prepare tasty, chargrilled treats on our Gardenesque Portable Kettle BBQ With Charcoal Pan (RRP £79.99) and fill a wheelbarrow with ice and place all your beer inside it to keep guests hydrated. Pair with a playlist based on your festival favourites to mimic the adrenaline rush as the headline artists come on stage.
When the euphoria is over and the sun sets, carve out a little chill-out nook with our Paxton Swinging Egg Chair With Cream Cushion (RRP £449.99) which will sway you into a relaxing state of mind with its the distinctive sculptural shape.
Lighting is one of the most important and effective ways of decorating a festival space. Different lighting styles will provide good illumination and highlight different areas of your garden. Our Edison Led Solar Pathway Lights (RRP £29.99) will frame pathways within your garden whilst lanterns such as the Edison Solar Copper Cage Lantern (RRP £29.99) or the LED Solar Hurricane Lantern (RRP £19.99) will add a warm subtle glow around seating areas.
There’s nothing better than having a lovely brunch with the friends and family in your life over the summer period and your garden provides the perfect backdrop. Our Paxton 4 Seater Rattan Garden Furniture Set with Cushions (RRP £749.99) is stylish but comfortable and offers the perfect surrounding to sit and converse. New this season, is our Paxton Rattan Garden Corner Sofa (RRP £2399.99) is perfect for those who love to entertain and show off their outdoor space in style.
Designing a tablescape with a set colour scheme such as a floral affair will set the tone. Matching crockery is a great way to add some colour and charm to your table settings, imagine pastel hues with some freshly cut flowers to entice your guests.
Brunch tends to comprise food that’s a combination of both breakfast and lunch dishes. Try peppering your menu with baked goods that are both sweet and savoury. Is brunch really brunch without a mimosa or some bubbles? Try some garden-inspired cocktails with cucumber gin, apple juice and mint, with a squeeze of lime juice.
By styling your garden with plants such as foxgloves, lavender, grasses and roses in our luxury collection of terracotta planters, you can make your back garden look and feel bourgeois. Our Titus Round Terracotta Pots (RRP £34.99 – 49.99) are handmade using sustainably-sourced materials and finished with an intricate lattice design, whilst our Caesar Round Terracotta Pots (RRP £49.99 – 139.99) will breathe new life to create outdoor planting arrangements.
Afternoon tea party
If you’re wanting to create a more traditional experience, afternoon tea is still on trend, a British delicacy dating back from the 17th-century. Any type of garden or terrace will suit a tea party, as long as you have plenty of table space for displaying and serving your treats.
The Repton Eucalyptus Wood Table & Four Chairs Garden Bistro Set (RRP £399.99) will set the scene for your afternoon tea with a crisp white linen tablecloth, doilies, quaint placemats and napkins. Of course, the centrepiece of the table will be the tiered cake stand which is part of the theatre of the afternoon tea. This can be accompanied by cut flowers on tables to add a cottage feel.
To make it an extra special vintage affair, serve the food on gorgeous old-fashioned plates and pile high with freshly prepared selection of hand cut sandwiches, individual sweet treats and fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam.
Romantic date under the stars
Beautiful gardens have inspired romantics for centuries and there is nothing better than a snuggly with your better half under the moonlight. Why not take a trip down memory lane by re-creating your favourite date and have having an alfresco meal outside?
Try lighting your garden with solar lights to create an intimate atmosphere for you both and gather around our Hoole Seaton Lightweight Steel Patio Fire Pit (RRP £249.99) with some snuggly throws, you’ll be surprised how comfortable you can be for a long, lazy evening together outside.
Flowing water is not only beautiful to admire, but the sound is very relaxing, creating a tranquil mood for your romantic date. The gentle trickle of our Premium Ceramic 3 Tier Water Feature With LED Light (RRP £119.99) to create an idyllic oasis for you and your partner.
There are so many ways that you can host the ultimate celebration in the comfort of your own back garden. Whether it's a small get-together or a big party for the whole family, our range of gardenware will help you create extra special gatherings in your gardens this summer.