ONE upside of lockdown has been spending more time in the garden. Pub gardens are open now but with social distancing and other regulations, a gathering in your garden might be the only option for some.
Check out my top tips for making your backyard a venue to be proud of . . .
COSY COVER: Our weather can make for soggy get-togethers. I love a garden gazebo in case of rain. You can easily turn it into a cosy chillout area. Split the cost with a mate and buy one to share, or check gumtree.com for second-hand options. Lots of people buy them for a one-off event. Argos has a basic gazebo for just £25 — while heavy-duty options with panels can cost hundreds.
SNUGGLE UP: Brighten up outdoor spaces with blankets and cushions. They are perfect for cosying up while keeping the party going late on. George at Asda sell fluffy plush throws for just £5 — far less than those for £40 at John Lewis. At Argos, a two-pack of outdoor pillows is £10. At Dunelm, they cost £14. SAVE: £35 on the throw
FILM FUN: Outdoor movies are a hit right now but each ticket could cost you a tenner or more. Create your own with a mini projector, like the Mini Projector 1080P HD Multimedia LED TV for £25 at wish.com. Pick up four reuseable popcorn boxes for £6.98 on Amazon and Butterkist Cinema sweet popcorn for £1 at Asda — cheaper than the £1.70 price at Sainsbury’s. SAVE: 70p on the popcorn
SIT BACK: Make sure your guests have somewhere comfy to kick back and relax. I really like the four-piece rattan furniture set currently on Wowcher for £169 — a huge saving on the similar sets sold on wayfair.com for £379.99.
Choose from three colours to match your theme — and you can jazz them up if you want with cushions or throws. SAVE: £210.99
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