With summer just around the corner and exams out the way it’s safe to say that I am in a relatively celebratory mood. There’s something about summer that awakens the social butterfly hidden deep within me and I find myself concocting plans to catch up with all of those friends that I hadn't seen during my winter induced hibernation. Today I decided to share a few ideas for some summer celebrations to throw when the sun begins to show. Champagne glasses at the ready!
One of my favourite things about my house is my garden; it’s got lots of space and is bathed in sunlight for the majority of the day. A few weeks ago we purchased some new garden furniture and I for one can’t wait to have the girls round for a catch up in the sunshine! My ideal girly catch up involves at least one bottle of something fizzy, such as a bottle of pink champagne or prosecco from the great range at Tesco, and some yummy nibbles to tuck in to. I don’t know about you, but if there’s snacks sitting in front of me I just have to eat them!
TIPS FOR THROWING A GREAT GARDEN PARTY:
- Make sure you have enough seating for your guests; adding a few folding chairs to your collection should do the trick!
- Lighting is a key part of making the celebration last; it's no fun sitting out in the dark! Deck your space with lots of solar powered fairy lights and lanterns for added atmosphere.
- Fight off those pesky bugs with a citronella candle; you’ll thank me later when you've avoided all of those awful midgie bites!
A shared love of food will always be a great bonding activity in my eyes and so why not celebrate this summer with a feast for all your friends? Drag that barbecue out of the shed and get your grill on! Gone are the days where barbecue food consisted solely of burgers, nowadays there’s a wealth of yummy recipes that are ideal for outdoor cooking – check out my barbecue board on Pinterest for some inspiration and get your apron at the ready.
TIPS FOR HOSTING A SUCCESSFUL BARBECUE:
- Try to have a variety of food and drink available; catering to various dietary requirements and those ever so fussy eaters (like I used to be) is a sure fire way to leave your guests satisfied!
- Ensure that your food is thoroughly cooked; no one wants to end the night with a funny tummy and a bout of food poisoning!
- Prepare your food in advance so that all you need to do is fire it on the barbecue; this means you’ll have more precious time to spend playing host!
Now, living in Scotland means I am pretty spoiled when it comes to having beautifully scenic locations on my doorstep, so packing up the car and heading off for a picnic is one of my favourite ways to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon! Be sure to stock up on some easy to eat dishes and a decent blanket, pick a great spot and you’re sorted. Over the bank holiday I headed up to the east side of Loch Lomond for a meal with a view and it was so relaxing.
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PICNIC:
- Ensure you have plenty of napkins, cutlery and plastic cups if necessary; it’s no fun struggling to eat pasta with your hands!
- If you’re planning on taking your favourite tipple on the trip then be sure to check out the local laws regarding drinking in public; a hefty fine can certainly ruin what was a great day!
- Be sure to take all of your litter home with you, or at least dispose of it responsibly; the great outdoors is great for a reason and you wouldn't want your rubbish to ruin that, right?
I'm pretty desperate to throw a little get together in my garden after writing this – a blogger barbecue anyone? I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions for summer celebrations, so if you have any be sure to leave them in the comments!
This post was produced in collaboration with Tesco Wine.
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