How to host the perfect garden party

Impress your guests with our tips and tricks to hosting the perfect garden party

Impressing your guests with the perfect garden party set up is easy with these 6 tips. Become the alfresco chef you always dreamed of, and create an outdoors space that'll suit any size gathering.

1. Choosing the right barbecue

Everyone knows that the centrepiece of any good garden party is the food, and getting the barbecue right can make or break your alfresco feast. Our range of barbecues suit all size of garden, whether you’re cooking for 2 or 20. From our 3 burner gas Rockwell barbecue, to the portal, lightweight charcoal Barren barbecue you’ll find your perfect match at B&Q. Read our barbecue buying guide for all the help you need. If you’re looking for some cooking tips, we’ve got those too, take a look at barbecue cooking ideas & tips.

big BBQ with food

2. Create a cosy vibe

Impress your guests with soft furnishings for your garden and create a cosy vibe that you can enjoy all summer long. Take the trends outside and get the most sought-after space in the street with accessories like throws, rugs and pillows that’ll add a touch of colour which can easily be changed with the fashions. If you really want to bring the zen then hammocks are perfect for relaxing and lounging. Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Red hammock

3. Light it up

Party into the evening with outdoor lighting that’ll brighten up any garden. From string lights to ground lights, adding the right lighting is not only practical, it’ll give your garden party atmosphere. Our solar powered lanterns are a great way to quickly add a touch of brightness, with no complicated installation involved. If you have a hedge or fence, try our gorgeous net lights for an extra warm glow.

evening gathering with lights

4. Home grown garnishes

Give your cocktails an edge with home grown garnishes from your very own herb garden. The great thing about growing herbs is you don’t need much space and they’re really low maintenance. Imagine a fresh mint margarita, lavender martinis and if you don’t want to grow your herbs from seeds, you can choose from our range of already potted, grown herbs, which are available in stores. See our guide to growing your own herbs for simple step-by-step advice.

potted plants on shelves

5. Banish the chill

With the Great British weather sometimes getting in the way of enjoying your outdoors as long as you’d like, adding outdoor heating will stop the chill from cutting your evening short. 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, a chiminea or firepit is the perfect place to gather around, making your garden the go to destination on those crisper evenings. Take a look at our outdoor heating buying guide for tips and advice on making the right choice for your space.

fire pit

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?

woman cleaning patio