Throwing open the patio doors and hosting guests in the garden is one of our favourite parts of the summer season, and we’re always looking for new, exciting ideas to spice up our celebrations.
Our most recent source of inspiration? The Pinterest summer report, which has highlighted the coolest new outdoor entertaining trends for the season ahead. From edible table runners to bruschetta bars, here are seven quick and simple ways to make your next bash go off with a bang.
First up, hydration is the name of the game, with searches for water bars up 171 per cent year on year. The idea is to infuse big dispensers of water with slices of fresh fruit or sprigs of herbs, to allow your guests to refill their glasses with something delicious and refreshing on demand.
Edible table runners
Flowers are beautiful, but given the choice, we’d always opt for something edible – and it looks like 125 per cent more pinners this year agree. Cheese, bruschetta, crudites and crackers are being piled up on boards and being used as centrepieces – either as a supplement to a dinner, or the main event.
From barbecues to birthday parties, condiments are never a bad idea – but the art of displaying them isn’t an easy one to master (unless you love squeeze bottles, that is). Enter the elegant condiment display, which has gone up in popularity 311 per cent this year – it makes a little extra washing up, but it’s worth it!
Bread + toppings = happiness all round. Bruschetta bars are the perfect way to allow your diners to customise their snacks with an array of easy toppings, and as the image above shows, you don’t just have to stick to classic tomato…
Botanical place cards
They’re already been popular the wedding sphere for a while, but botanical place cards have had a year on year spike of 79 per cent in 2018. You can make them yourself with clippings from your garden, or outsource full arrangements for a fancier affair.
A rather staggering 3037 per cent more pinners than last year are reliving the Slush Puppies of childhood by blending up a batch of wine slushies. Red, white or rosé, the choice is yours…
Move over burgers and sausages – barbecue has moved on to seafood this year, with searches for recipes up 93 per cent from 2017. Think calamari, tiger prawns or even lobster for a platter worthy of any special occasion.