Discover our guide to hosting a great summer party

How To Host
A Standout
Summer Party

Get ready for fun in the sun with our guide to hosting a standout summer party! From time-saving blenders and summer dress inspiration to picture-perfect presentation tips, we’ve got you covered.

1. Style Your Space

It’s no secret that hosting can be stressful. In between prepping the food, introducing guests and clearing up, it often feels like you don’t have a moment to appreciate the occasion.

Perhaps the most daunting task is organising your home and garden for friends and family. Our top tip is to decorate the evening before so you can spend more time socialising during the event itself.

This miniature gnome holding a ‘Gnome sweet gnome’ sign is the perfect way to spruce up your patio or lawn

This cushion has a yellow sunflower print, perfect for adding fresh style to your garden

While home accessories like candles and cushions help create a wonderful welcoming vibe, garden ornaments and gnomes provide a great talking point for guests. The trick is to experiment with different themes to find your favourite setup.

2. Perfect

If you’re hosting an outdoor event, you’ve probably thought about what food you’re going to serve. But whether you’re throwing a picnic party or a BBQ bash, the golden rule is to make sure you perfect the presentation. After all, people eat with their eyes!

This yellow bowl is designed with our signature Sunbaked trend pattern

Serve up a treat with this Sunbaked dinner range, designed with a beautiful pattern

To impress guests and let your food stand out, a dreamy dining set is the way to go. And, with a stylish summery pattern, our Sunbaked set is just the thing to pull in compliments left, right and centre.

3. Bring Out
A Blender

Not every summer party needs to have a massive spread of food. Sometimes it can be just as fun to lay out a small selection of snacks. Not only does this setup provide a casual alternative to a sit-down meal, but guests will be able to eat as much or as little as they please.

Create smoothies in no time with this 1.5L jug blender

This hand blender has a detachable metal shaft for easy clean-up

For a kitchen appliance that will let you whip up multiple dips like houmous and salsa in record time, try a hand blender. With a detachable blade and different speed settings, a hand blender will make decking out your patio table with delicious dips a breeze.

But don’t forget about refreshing drinks! You can also make lemonade for little ones with one of our jug blenders.

4. Prepare For
The Weather

Although it might be summer, glorious sunshine is far from guaranteed. But don’t let the rain dampen your day! To ensure the entertainment and games can continue whatever the weather, be prepared with a few parasols or a gazebo.

This 3M leanover parasol will keep you cool and comfortable during the hotter months

5. Dress
To Impress

One of the best perks of hosting is that you get to decide on the dress code for your event.

This summer-ready green slip dress has a palm print and V-neck

Be prepared for sunny seasons with these orange 2 strap sandals with faux suede upper

For an outfit that’s sure to help you stand out, try a printed midi dress and mules. This season it’s all about clashing colour combinations, so why not take a walk on the wild side by pairing an animal print dress with orange mule sandals?

Fashionable and flattering, there’s no better option than a summer dress when the sun’s shining.

Add some garden games to your event with our fantastic selection of outdoor toys. From sports toys and playhouses to trampolines and trikes, we have plenty of options to keep little ones entertained.