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What you need to know about Planning a Summer Event

16 Jun 16 By: Lene McGuinness

It only comes around once a year, so why not make the most of the Great British Summertime with a party to remember? Planning a summer event is the perfect excuse to take advantage of the warm air and light nights, so whether you’re gathering friends in your garden or hiring a hall, here’s some tips on how to organise your occasion.

Get out into the Garden

Planning an outdoor event is the perfect way to spend a summer evening and you’re going to need the right furniture to make your occasion that extra bit special. At Allens, we have a wide range of brand NEW garden furniture collections which will ensure guests are comfortable throughout their time outdoors.

Infuse some originality by mixing and matching our Aluminium Chairs and Tables or go for a classic country look with our new  Oakland Folding Chairs and Tables. Our Rattan Wicker Sofa is rightfully one of our most popular products for your relaxation areas -  sure to keep your guests outside for longer.

Garden furniture mosaic

 Table and chairs

Although sunshine can be quite shy in the UK, it’s best to make the most of it when it decides to make an appearance. Even if it doesn’t you don’t need to t let a downpour put a dampener on your event, if you hire some outdoor protection in the form of Pop up Tents and keep the chill off with Patio Heaters.

canopy and heater

Put some Thought into a Theme

From catering to centre pieces, choosing the perfect theme for your event will enable you to seamlessly coordinate each element to a tee. Whether it’s a vintage tea party, sophisticated dinner do or a Caribbean-style cocktail event, the options are endless when it comes to choosing the right theme for you. Think about how you can utilise bright, vibrant colours and an outdoor space when deciding on your chosen event style.

Choose your Catering Wisely

What type of menu do you have in mind for your event? Get creative when it comes to the food at your summer soirée and choose your selection based on your chosen theme. You might be thinking of firing up the barbecue to serve some hearty finger food, or even delighting guests with a constant flow of canapés. You could even serve the perfect afternoon tea selection using our Square China Cake Stand.

Square China Three Tier Cake Stand

Refresh Guests with your Drink Selection

Frozen cocktails such as margaritas and daiquiris are a popular refreshment choice for summer parties, not to mention that traditional jug of Pimm’s we all know and love. Another great way of hydrating your guests is by infusing water or even ice cubes with seasonal fruit – this will also add bright hints of summer colours to your drinks on the day and our Glass Ice Bucket is an ideal addition to help dress up your drinks table.

Glass Ice Buckets

Decide on the Décor

Those finishing touches you add to your event will be the ones that are likely to make a lasting impression on your guests and the devil is in the detail when it comes to summer party decorations. Coordinate your table settings with Coloured China plates or swap traditional cocktail glasses for on-trend Jam Jars. From invitation design to party favours, personalise your decorations with guests in mind for an unforgettable event.

Mulberry Rim Plate 12"Jam Jar 16oz

At Allens Hire, we have all you need to plan a memorable summer event, so whether it’s garden furniture or cutlery you’re after, we have a wide array of options to choose from. If you need any assistance choosing the right products for your party, or for more information about our new arrivals, call our London office on 020 8574 9600 or email For customers based on the South Coast, you can reach us on 02380 652 316.