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10 Best garden party picks

It's all about the alfresco entertaining this month. So here are 10 essential picks and ideas for making your next garden party go with a bang - all from local Glos & Worcs businesses.

Leave the lawn mowing to someone else (of course) and plan your next outdoor soiree instead with these brilliant ideas.

Lounge on this:

Skagerak Steamer Deck Chair, Sue Parkinson, Cirencester, £589

This outdoor chic lounging chair is inspired by the lines of vintage cruise ships – a fabulous statement piece for any garden. It has an integrated footstool that folds underneath when not in use and comes in solid teak. And the best bit? It’s now £589, reduced from £889.

Wear these:

Hamda Sunglasses, Lavender Blue, Winchcombe, £29.99

Be super chic on your sunlounger with these on-trend shades. They come in a sizzling burnt gold colour that will go so well with any outfit. Pick up a pair pronto.

Get your plants here:

The Fairview Gardener, Birdwood near Gloucester

Need some plants and petals? Head to go-to gardening mecca The Fairview Gardener – Muddy’s favourite garden centre. As well as top-quality plants and equipment, it specialises in fruit trees, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, bedding plants and a whole range of bulbs. There’s always a friendly face on hand if you need planting advice (if you’re anything like me!) or  need a bit of landscaping guidance, just ask one of the in-store experts. There’s also an award-winning gift shop on site and a tempting tea room to refuel at.

Light this:

Nkuku Mohani Lantern, Sue Parkinson, Cirencester, £36.95

A timeless piece for your home, Nkuku’s ‘Mohani’ lantern is perfect for subtly lighting the room. In an asymmetric design, each lantern is handmade to fit the individual glass panes, and features a handle making it perfect from moving around the home or into the garden for balmy summer evenings.

Make cocktails with this:

Bloomingville Gold Cocktail Shaker, Sandersons, Stroud,

Let’s get this party started … with this Bloomingville cocktail shaker in high shine gold – a dead cert to bring the WOW factor to your cocktail parties.

Book this:

Envisage Gardens, Worcester

Combining award-winning know-how with a friendly approach Envisage Gardens is the team to go to if you want a garden upgrade. Imagine kicking back in the garden of dreams with swaying grasses, lush greenery and blooms, and a spectacular entertaining space, sounds idyllic right?! With more than 30 years of experience, the medal-scooping Envisage team – made up of designers, horticulturalists and landscapers – has bags of ideas and inspiration to turn your vision into a reality. Not green-fingered? Don’t worry, they will create you a garden plan that will tick every wishlist box.

Buy this:

Vintage Bamboo Bar, Sub Couture, £650

Imagine pulling up a stool at your own alfresco bar – home bars are so now and this unique vintage bamboo bar (£650) from Bellas Gone Home is a real head-turner. Stocked by Sub Couture in Stroud it’s spot on for balmy evenings, Aperol Spritz parties and BBQs with mates.

Design this:

Vanessa Arbuthnott, Cirencester

If you want some gorgeous statement furnishings to jazz up your outdoor space check out Vanessa Arbuthnott. She can transform the look of an entertaining space from beautiful deckchairs and tablecloths to outdoor cushions, rugs and parasol coverings. Currently offering a free half hour design service, we love the new Botanical Collection – perfect for glamming up the garden.

Dress up in this:

Tommy Hilfiger Striped Dress, £150, Sandersons, Stroud

Rock the retro garden look with this super fresh Spring midi shirt look from the brand new Sandersons Boutique Department Store in Five Valleys shopping centre in Stroud. The bold design and wide cuffs will give any garden soiree (or just pottering around) a fabulously subtle and sexy 70’s vibe.

Eat this:

Cotswold Caterers, Tetbury

Want to hold a bash in the reassuring safety of your own garden? Then why not book the Cotswold Caterers to turn your garden party into a pretty special affair. This bespoke catering company will cater for any event big or bijou, so take the toil out of entertaining and sit back and enjoy someone else waiting on you. Headed up by chef Paul Davey-Hicks, who has worked at Harrods and Calcot Manor, book them now for your tea party on the lawn.

Credit for main newsletter image: Ella James.

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