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Celebrate the Start of Spring with a Garden Party

14 May 13 By: Lene McGuinness

Spring has sprung and to celebrate why not host your event al fresco? There are so many interesting ways to add a little “je ne sais quoi” to your party, from tea lights that’ll add a soft, romantic glow your evenings, to rows of bunting or using parasols instead of pagodas. 

Here are a few tips to create unforgettable summer décor. 


One of the easiest and most effective ways to set the mood of your event, taking it from the ordinary to the extraordinary is lighting. When hosting in the open-air it’s ideal to set the scene with candles and lots of them. Not only do they create a relaxing and romantic atmosphere but they can also form the tables’ centerpiece. 

Use large pillar candles and place them in crystal or glass storm jars. The great thing about using large jars is that they’re available in varying shapes and sizes, can hold more than just the candle, and they keep the wax off the table linen. Enhance your party’s theme by placing decorative shells or glass beads in the bottom of the storm jar. 

Another useful candle is the tea light. They’re small, versatile and add a soft, subtle glow. You can float them in a bowl of water on the table, place them in tiny jars and hang them from tree branches or lie them on the ground to illuminate a garden pathway. 


Arrange brightly coloured flowers to add pops of colour - this is especially good if your venue is a bit dull. Alternatively, if your garden party has a distinct colour theme, arrange according to that. Beautiful summer flowers include: poppies, carnations, lilies, roses and daisies.  

Now that you’ve got a little decoration inspiration and you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to create your dining space. Begin building your base with our selection of trestle tables covered by a linen tablecloth with either a delicate brocade detailing or subtle shimmer finish. 

Our dishwasher safe china collection stretches from the very basics found in the crisp, white Tudor China to the delicate and exclusive neoclassical design of the William Edwards “Fresco” range. And, because no dinner setting is complete without cutlery, we offer an array of stainless steel and silver plated cutlery to suit various budgets including the highest quality knives, forks, spoons and serveware.  Our cutlery is available in traditional, heraldic, ultra modern, and classic contemporary designs. 

Finish off your garden dinner setting with crystal glassware, or enhance the atmosphere with coloured water, wine and cocktail glasses. 

Now all you need is food, guests and plenty of sunshine.