Top Tips for Hosting the Perfect Post-lockdown Summer Garden Party

By The Secret Gardener

As lockdown eases and we’re finally reunited with family and friends, make the most of your newfound freedom and follow advice from garden hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone, on how to get your garden in tip top condition for hosting the perfect post-lockdown summer garden party.


1. Give your Patio a Makeover
If your patio hasn’t had much TLC over the autumn/winter months, now is the time to show it you care. To get your patio gleaming once more, remove tables, chairs and pots and sweep with a stiff brush and water to quickly remove mud, dirt and plant debris. Allow the surface to dry, restyle garden furniture and reveal an ideal space to host your post-lockdown party.

2. Choose a Theme
It’s time to let your hair down and celebrate post-lockdown style! If you’re inviting friends and family over for an outdoor soiree, go all out and give your event a theme. Whether it’s Summer Tropical with a Tiki bar and Mai Tais, or Quintessentially English with lawn bowls and Pimm’s, reflect your chosen theme in the decorations, entertainment and party food to create an instant party vibe.

3. Splash the Colour
The best decorations are those found in nature – so spruce up your outdoor party room with some strategically-placed flowerpots and colourful hanging baskets. If dining alfresco, take cuttings from your garden and arrange in a vase to create bright and cheerful centrepieces for the dinner table.

4. Fun For all the Family
What’s a party without a few games? If you’re hosting an event for all the family, why not invest in some giant outdoor games? From supersize Jenga to giant Connect 4, let the kids (and the big kids!) unleash their competitive sides while the food’s cooking on the BBQ.

5. Prepare for the Great British Weather
As we can’t guarantee the weather, prepare for all eventualities. Pop up some parasols and have sunscreen to hand if it’s looking like it’s going to be a hot one. A gazebo is a great idea in case of rain – or set up an umbrella stand outdoors, just in case. And, as the afternoon rolls on, light a fire pit, turn up the patio heater or offer round fleecy blankets to help keep away the early evening chill.

For more garden advice and inspiration, visit the Bradstone website at

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The Secret Gardener

The Secret Gardener is an award-winning landscaper, specialising in bringing colour and ambience to any space.