The Heat Is On!

Who’d have thought it?  We are about to enter our 3rd (YES PEOPLE OUR THIRD) weekend of glorious sunshine!

If you haven’t dusted off the BBQ yet, stop reading now and get out there, fire it up and invite your family and friends around to enjoy this fantastic weather.  Lord knows we might not see it again for another 6 years!

If you are entertaining outdoors this weekend, don’t just settle for sunshine and charcoal. You’ll need those little extras to wow your guests and make yours the best soiree in town 🙂

And yours truly is here to help you out……

The wonderful thing about outdoor entertaining is that the simplest little detail can make all the difference.

Tea lights are a must as the sun goes down as they will add shimmer and sparkle.  Light some Citronella candles too to keep away those pesky little midges.


If you’re the jam making kind, why not give miniature jars of jam to your guests as favours.  You could write their name on the label and the jar will stop the napkins blowing away.  Image from DIY Enthusiasts


I love this idea.  Scoop out a melon rind and fill with ice for a fab looking bottle cooler.


Save yourself the hassle of setting the table by arranging your silverware in these pretty painted plant pots and let guests help themselves.  Image from Simply Seleta

Give your table a vintage feel with a delicate lace tablecloth.  Add a potted geranium and some cordial and finish with some bunting and for a quintessential English garden party. Image from House to Home 

Write your guests names on lemons and use them as place cards.  They’ll stop the napkins blowing away in the breeze too.  Image from Emerald Interior Design 

Ever fancied having your own beer garden?  Easy!  Image from Northern Noston on tumblr I love the little candles made out of the bottle tops.  Now that’s what I call attention to detail 🙂

If you want a more sophisticated elegant look, these tall narrow turquoise and white vases create a striking feature against the black table. Image from House to Home 

A pretty white pot filled with lavender hydrangeas matches the tablecloth and white tableware.  Image from Emerald Interior Design

So there you have it.  Some simple decorating ideas to give your BBQ the wow factor. Now what are you waiting for…. get out there and enjoy the sun xx


About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

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