With summer on the way, you may be thinking about hosting a fabulous garden party for your family and friends. To ensure that everyone has the best time there are many things that you need, a list of essentials if you like. So, to ensure you have everything you need we have created a handy checklist of garden party must-haves.

A Place to Sit

If you’re having guests round for a garden party that is going to last all afternoon and maybe even stretch into the evening you definitely need somewhere for your guests to sit. Depending on the kind of garden party you are organising you may want a formal dining set, or a more relaxed sofa set with plenty of space to sit.

Rattan Garden Furniture with Ice Bucket

We recommend rattan garden furniture as there is something available in every style. Plus, all rattan furniture comes with padded cushions which makes your seating are very comfortable for your guests. Additionally, rattan furniture is incredibly stylish and would work well for use all year round and not just for garden parties.

Rattan garden furniture is incredibly weatherproof and can be left outside all year round without any damage. This means that you won’t have to worry about storing the furniture away after your party is finished.

Additionally, many rattan furniture sets come with a built-in ice bucket. This is ideal for garden parties to keep your drinks cool and refreshing and impress your guests.

Something to Eat

Chances are your guests are expecting to be fed, and what says summer party more than a barbecue. Modern BBQs are extremely versatile and offer many different cooking methods, even vegetable steaming or pizza cooking, so everyone will be pleased with what you serve.

There are several different choices of BBQ including full sized outdoor kitchens or simple grills. You can choose from gas or charcoal and can even choose the colour of your BBQ to match your style.

Rattan Patio Heater

Light up the Party

As the evening draws in you’ll need to ensure that your guests can still see what they are doing with a handy outdoor light. We recommend a great outdoor heater that also doubles up as an outdoor light. This is perfect for the British weather which could see your garden party turn cold at any moment.

There are many great heaters available and we recommend a stylish rattan heater that will match your garden furniture. Depending on whether you are dining al fresco or enjoying a more lounge-style atmosphere, you may choose to opt for a table-top heater or a taller freestanding heater to warm your guests and light up your garden.

Cantilever Parasol


There are many handy garden accessories that are likely to make your garden party run smoothly. For example, if your dining outdoors a fantastic Lazy Susan would be ideal, especially for large parties. The Lazy Susan will allow you to pass food, condiments, and drinks around the table without having to lean over one another, allowing little chance of spillages or extra mess.

A parasol is also another great idea for your party. If it’s a very hot day you and your guests will most likely need a break from the heat and what better way to do so than a great parasol to cast a nice shady area over your garden. Our top pick is a great cantilever parasol that allows you to chase the sun without having to pick the parasol up and move it around the garden.

If you are throwing a garden party this summer and you need advice on any of the items we have mentioned then feel free to contact us or visit one of our showrooms and we will be able to offer knowledge and advice on all of these products.