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THREE TOP TIPS FOR SUMMER ENTERTAINING

Summer is absolutely my favourite time of year; there’s nothing better than inviting a few friends over, sitting in the garden and hosting an informal soiree filled with good food, good wine and good company.  The sound of clinking glasses, friendly conversations and laughter rippling through the air is my idea of a perfect summer’s evening.  And with a little extra effort it’s easy to transform your outdoor spaces – big or small – into the perfect spot for a garden party, so today I’m sharing my own top tips for summer entertaining, with a little help from our friends at The White Company

COLOUR

First things first, as with any event the colour palette is the place to start and at this time of year your garden should provide plenty of inspiration! On my patio a climbing rose, filled with the most sweetly scented blooms, provided the starting point for my colour palette of simple, rustic and elegant white and green.  This also happens to be the perfect palette to accompany my favourite summer drink, a gin and elderflower cocktail, so alongside the white and green I brought in a few pops of yellow and lime – all perfectly set off by a wooden table and soft grey patio backdrop.

In keeping with this pale palette, I layered the table with my favourite The White Company pieces choosing their Vintage Washed White Linen Runner (now £14) to add an informal elegance to the bare wood table. On top of this I added Artisan Stoneware Pasta Bowls (£12 each) with Elgin glass tumblers (£5 each), the chunky feel of both make them a great choice in the garden.

On top of this I added depth using Henley Napkins (£20 for 4) in deep grey with a white stripe, and a personal touch using Slate Heart Napkin Ties (now £9 for 6) with each guests monogram. Finally a bread roll at each setting will save you a task when your guests sit down to eat and taking care of the hunger pangs whilst you’re busy preparing your feast (or another jug of cocktails)!

FLOWERS

While your garden is in full bloom, it’s the perfect time to borrow from nature, and bring some of your home-grown flowers into your decor.  The roses which provided my colour palette inspiration became the perfect addition to the table top, combined with fresh herbs and wildflowers, and displayed small and large Danvers vases (now £16 and £24). Chunky and tactile, I love the hand-rolled lip of this vase and it lends itself beautifully to this kind of styling.

In keeping with the elderflower theme, I kept a few pieces aside and used them to decorate the drinks and food that I would be serving, adding a freshness and amazing scent to the dishes as they came out onto the table.

LIGHTING

As long summer days fade to balmy nights, it’s nice to make the most of being able to sit outside.  These Enamel Alfresco Lights (now £35) add just the right amount of light over the table as the sun goes down.  To boost the light at table level Mercury Glass Tealight Holders (now £12.60 for a set of 3) add a warm and inviting glow to boost the ambience and twinkle off glassware as your guests toast to a beautiful evening.

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Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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