How to host the perfect garden party whatever your theme

This summer we’re celebrating more than just the sun. We’re celebrating a fresh start, a new era, and every moment spent with the ones we love. Throwing a gorgeous garden party has more meaning than ever before.

Whether it’s a festival themed fete or a banquet fit for royalty, it’s time to get planning. Get all the help you need to get your party started, from the perfect BBQ to the cosiest furniture. We’ve put together all our advice for the best soiree of the summer.

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Kid’s carnival

Fresh air, grass stains and red cheeks are what childhood is made of, so why not throw the ultimate child’s party out in the open?

Entertainment is the centrepiece of a kid’s party, and there’s so much to choose from. If you’re looking for something that’s quick and easy try one of our garden games or sports sets like badminton or giant hopscotch.

A paddling pool is always a winner, and we’ve got a selection that will suit any space. Turn up the fun with our amazing lava lagoon play centre. Or, if you’re looking for a showstopper, our splash course water park features everything from sprinklers to water blasters, hidden tunnels and basketball games for hours of endless fun.

Paddling pools B&Q

Gold medal gathering

Go for gold with an Olympic themed gathering with the gang and submerse yourself in the spirit of the biggest sporting event of the summer.

Try an alfresco feast fit for a winner to wow your guests. Our range of barbecues suit all size of garden, whether you’re cooking for 2 or 20. From our GoodHome freestone 4 burner gas barbecue, to Weber compact kettle charcoal barbecue you’ll find your perfect match. You’ll also need a dining area to host the meal, and our range of furniture sets will seat everyone in style.

And make sure you have a place to toast to your victory with a home bar. Our porak wooden 2 seater bar with a drinks cabinet that unfolds to reveal multiple shelves, for storing your favourite mixers & tipples. Give your cocktails an edge with home grown garnishes from your very own herb garden, you can choose from our ready potted, grown herbs, which are available in stores.

Garden party home bars

Fabulous festival

You may have missed out on the magical atmosphere of your favourite festival, so why not recreate the party feel in your garden?

Take your space to a whole new level by designing different zones. A cosy corner with accessories like throws, rugs and pillows will give your guests somewhere to chill. If you really want to bring the zen then hammocks are ideal for relaxing. Use brightly coloured outdoor paint to inject some life into your dance space, along with our Bluetooth speaker lamp that’ll blast your tunes.

Party into the evening with outdoor lighting that’ll brighten up any garden. From string lights to spike lights, adding the right lighting is not only practical, but it’ll also give your garden a party mood. Our starburst solar powered stake light is a fun, quirky addition, perfect for your festivities.

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Pamper party

Transform your garden into a relaxing oasis for the ultimate indulgent experience in your very own space.

No spa day would be complete without a hot tub, and we have tubs and spas of all sizes, from our intimate 2-person models, or our 4-person portable tub, right up to our 15-person swim spa. Pick the accessories that will really take you into the lap of luxury, like a spa bar table so you can relax with a drink at your fingertips.

A firepit or chimenea is the perfect backdrop to your peaceful party. Soak up the atmosphere of a real fire and enjoy cosy evenings under the stars, roast some marshmallows or simply sit back and enjoy the flames. And try some softly lit lanterns for a gentle glow right into the evening.

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6. Clean up your space

A simple clean up before your garden party is the perfect prep to impress your guests. From pressure washers to hedge trimmers, b&q has all the garden tools you need to get your space in tip top shape. Why not spruce up your decking with our easy to follow guide, or repair those paving stones with our simple how-to article?

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