Go bold with a chilled out gar­den party to re­mem­ber

The Galloway News - - BURST INTO BLOOM -

Part of the ap­peal of the sum­mer months is that they’re a great excuse to throw a laid back party.

It’s a time when fam­ily and friends look for­ward to kick­ing back and loung­ing around out­side, drink in hand, con­fi­dent that no one will make a fuss about for­mal­i­ties.

For this rea­son, throw­ing an out­door gar­den party doesn’t have to be elab­o­rate to be a good time.

Here are some tips and tricks to make your plan­ning min­i­mal and your spread im­pres­sive. KEEP IT SIM­PLE A roll of kitchen towel can be laid out as a ta­ble run­ner and is a quick and easy way to clean up.

By keep­ing the ta­ble in neu­tral col­ors like brown and beige, you can look to plates, sil­ver­ware and nap­kins to pro­vide a pop of color for your set­ting. GO BOLD Sum­mer’s best rep­re­sented with bright colours, so why not use that to your ad­van­tage?

It’s a prime chance to play with set­ting com­bi­na­tions that you might typ­i­cally shy away from.

There are count­less op­tions to try out: from bright blue main dishes with pas­tel green salad plates, to wa­ter glasses of all shapes and sizes at each place­mat. Don’t be afraid to com­bine pri­ma­ry­coloured plates and bowls, or mix and match sil­ver­ware; do­ing so cre­ates a ca­sual set­ting that will re­mind your guests to re­lax and en­joy them­selves. CAN­DLES

Float­ing tea lights in glass jars are a pretty ad­di­tion to an out­door ta­ble and are also a prac­ti­cal sum­mer dec­o­ra­tion.

Dif­fer­ent mix­tures of es­sen­tial oils such as laven­der and le­mon eu­ca­lyp­tus are fre­quently used as in­sect re­pel­lants as an al­ter­na­tive to harsh chem­i­cals.

Add drops (about 40 of each) into the jars, and

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