How ToMarisa Docherty

A Very Royal Garden Party

How ToMarisa Docherty
A Very Royal Garden Party

Get Royal wedding ready with our top tips on creating your very own Royal Garden Party!

Get Royal wedding ready with our top tips on creating your very own Royal Garden Party! Although our British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, we’re forecasting the ultimate sunny day celebration this Royal wedding weekend. So drape the bunting, serve up your strawberries and cream and get your outdoor living space ready in style by combining rustic rattan and luxury lounge furniture with ambient outdoor lighting and a fabulous fire pit to set the scene for the most sophisticated garden party of SS18.

Setting the Scene

Making your guests feel comfortable is crucial to the success of any garden party. Whether you are celebrating the Royal wedding with a spectacular al fresco banquet or simply sipping Pimms in the sunshine, choose garden furniture that not only suits your party style, but can stand the test of time and be enjoyed by many more party guests in the future.

Embrace the relaxed appeal of a sophisticated and comfortable outdoor corner sofa where you and your guests can unwind. Modular outdoor furniture arrangements such as Garden Trading sofa sets provide the perfect blend of fashion and functionality. Gathering friends and family around a large contemporary teak dining table such as the Vincent Sheppard Leo Dining Table enables you to create a welcoming space to serve a delicious al fresco dining experience fit for Royalty.

Serving in Style

No celebration is complete without frosted champagne buckets filled with your favourite tipple! Cause a shake and a stir at cocktail hour with some Art Deco inspired cocktail glasses from Tom Dixon that are sure to dazzle your dining guests. But, our must-have outdoor garden accessory for this season has to be the Skagerak Fuori Drinks Trolley, perfect for the host with the most with plenty of room to prepare mouth-watering cocktails and thirst quenching summer punch. Not only is an outdoor drinks trolley very on-trend, it also acts as a practical pedestal for nibbles and canapes and is the ideal destination for your guests to create their very own Kir Royale!

Finishing Touches

Adding soft furnishings such as cushions and lightweight throws are a great way to inject some pattern and colour into your neutral outdoor design scheme. Including such accessories can be more inviting for your guests and when the sun goes down and temperatures drop a little, your guests can wrap up in luxury blankets to feel right at home. Outdoor carpeting such as Ethimo’s Malindi Outdoor Rug can add to the homely atmosphere of your garden party and allows you to bring some of your personal interior design style outdoors too.

To prepare for unexpected drizzle, it’s also a great idea to have an adjustable outdoor parasol on hand – it's also perfect for shade-seekers during the hottest moments of the day – and if you’re entertaining the masses, use your garden wheelbarrow as an overflow ice bucket to keep bottled drinks cool and close to hand so you don’t have to constantly nip back and forth from the kitchen.

Add the Heat

Sizzle up a storm by cooking and socialising in style with a scorched summer barbecue for your Royal garden party. Outdoor fire pits and cooking bowls are an excellent way to create a convivial focal point for your summer soiree. OFYR’s Steel Outdoor Fire Pit Bowl brings a feeling of rustic modernity to contemporary outdoor style, but if you prefer a more modest approach, the Garden Trading Idbury Fire Pit has a beautifully authentic wrought cast iron aesthetic with a swirling elegant stand, but still provides space to grill a delicious selection of barbecued food.

Bright Nights

Illuminate your garden and add an enchanting glow with luxury outdoor lighting for added ambience. Including some twinkling lights, lanterns and candles can truly add a little magic and imagination to your outdoor space when dusk descends. Impress your guests with the Maiori Design La Lampe Parc Lantern, a wireless solar powered lantern that provides abundant warmth and light in any garden space. Perfect for walkways or table tops!

By Marisa Docherty