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Beyond The BBQ: unique ideas for garden gatherings

Who doesn't love a BBQ? It's hard to beat a burger fresh off the grill, but why not make your next garden party a bit more unique? Here are three playful ideas to go beyond the BBQ and host a more creative outdoor gatherings this summer.

Transform your garden into an outdoor cinema

Bring out the popcorn and choose a starry night and a classic movie the whole party will love. You don't have spend a lot of money to have your own little outdoor cinema experience as projectors can now be found on a budget. Set the scene with a white sheet, fairy lights and these retro popcorn holders.

Don't forget a pile of British Blanket Company throws to wrap up in as the evening gets chillier. Our small wool throws are perfectly-sized for around the shoulders or over your knees, or our XL throws are ideal for two people to cuddle up together!

garden cinema night with blankets

Image from Ideal Home

Host your own garden luau

Host your very own Hawaiian luau party in your garden for a fun and unique outdoor gathering. Pinterest is full of luau food and decoration ideas to impress your guests, but beware; this is not the time for tasteful styling! A traditional luau (lūʻau) is all about colour and kitsch.

Embrace the theme to the full and serve fruity cocktails in coconut shells or hollowed out pineapples, with an obligatory paper umbrella. Light tiki torches to create a cosy atmosphere (and deter bugs) as the sun sets. You could even challenge your guests to a hula hoop contest!

A colourful backyard party with lanterns and luau themed decorations

Image from Talking Tables 

Take a dip in an inflatable pool 

Create a hidden oasis in your garden this summer with an adult-sized inflatable pool. One trend that emerged during the previous lockdown was the rise of at-home pools and hot tubs. Gear up for a heatwave this year and allow your guests to cool down after their barbecue feast with a dip. Have fun with it and buy a few inflatable toys to make it feel like you're on holiday at home! 

An outdoor pool in the garden with a inflatable flamingo

Image from Stock Tank Pool 

Create your very own garden hideaway and enjoy it all summer long with your loved ones!