Come rain or shine we Brits don’t shy away from a great garden party. Whether you’re prepping the garden for a relaxing Friday night gathering, a glamorous gazebo party or a simple family barbecue, there are always ways to add some sparkle to your outdoor space. To inspire you and help you to make the most of your summer evenings outdoors, we’ve handpicked a few ideas to create the perfect party atmosphere.

Drinks at the ready

Partial to a glass of something sparkling or a cocktail? When welcoming guests these colourful drinks dispensers are sure way to impress. A novel way of brightening up your buffet table and allowing your guests to keep re-filling their own drinks whilst you’re busy being a great host and wonderful social butterfly.

Kilner 5LT coloured drinks dispenser, £20 from House of Fraser


The all-important nibbles

Before the real party begins, why not present a few nibbles to whet the appetite of ravenous guests. Maybe some olives, bread and oils or possibly a helping of warm spicy chorizo, hummus and sour cream dip. They’ll look great in this paddle bowl set and will hopefully be pretty tasty too.

Paddle Bowl Set and Oak Paddle, £20 from The Hut

What’s cooking

Burgers, sausages, corn and skewers, that’s what’s cooking. An outdoor party isn’t the same without an array of delicious food to fill the tummies of your guests. Create scrumptious food whilst chatting to your loved ones with a brilliant BBQ, such as this gas burner barbecue boasting a preparation area, warming rack and an extra hob to cook delicious sides on.

Laguna 2 Burner Gas Barbecue, was £90 now £69 from B&Q


Serve it up

This bright and colourful ceramic serving bowl is the perfect addition to your table and is ideal for holding all your condiments and everything that will accompany your burgers, such as a potato salad, vegetables and couscous. Big enough to do the job and absolutely gorgeous, this piece of crockery is a great display bowl for the dinner guests.

Castillo, Mexican Ceramic Bowl, £12.99 from TKMaxx


Set the mood

Creating the perfect outdoor atmosphere is a must for ensuring your guests feel truly relaxed. These lovely lanterns are the perfect way to make your garden look ethereal and elegant. You can pop them on the tables or hang them on nearby tree branches around the edges of the garden to add a warm glow and gentle flicker.

Large Heart Lantern, £20 from John Lewis


Keep the party going

The party doesn’t need to stop when it gets dark! Carry on enjoying the evening with a toasty chimenea which will keep the guests warm well into the night. This rustic looking chimenea is a great focal point to add to your outdoor space and is perfect for roasting marshmallows on, late into the evening.

Large cast iron chimenea with grill, was £150 now £105 from Debenhams


Let us know how you dress up your garden to create the perfect party atmosphere or tell us what your outdoor space is missing on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GardenPartyIdea