With sunnier days on the horizon, it’s time to plan for barbeques and get-togethers with family and friends ‘alfresco’. Start your summer off with a bang with our inspirational blog:
Pack away those raincoats and wellies, and pull out your summer wardrobe, refreshed with a few new season purchases from The Spires retailers. Kit out the whole family with some essential pieces, like these boys Havaianas Disney flip flops from JD Sports. Your little one will love wearing these fun Mickey Mouse sandals and with the extra heel strap, they won’t ever fall off their feet.
If the man of the house likes to think of himself as the barbeque king, let him cook in style in these popular Brookhaven Josh sunnies (JD Sports), a classic style that never goes out of fashion. Protect yourself from the glare of the sun with this straw hat from H&M, the perfect summer accessory.
Pack a backpack for the kids with some games and treats to keep them occupied. This bright and cheerful backpack (H&M) is suitable for girls and boys and is just the right size for an adventure.
Don’t forget to pack those bags with a few outdoor necessities. Protect your whole family against the sun’s rays with Savers SPF 30 Nivea sun cream. If the sun is becoming a little too hot to handle, cool yourself down with a handy paper fan. The Works have a great range of funky prints to choose from, the watermelon print is our fan of choice.
Keep yourself hydrated all day when out and about with WHSmith cute lemon water bottle, just looking at it is making us thirsty!
Need to keep the kid’s snacks and drinks cool? WHSmith Eco range lunchbox with its adorable blue sea turtle print will keep your food cool for longer and is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Create an inviting space outdoors with some simple touches. Add some soft seating where kids can chill, Roman’s eco-friendly throw in grey is perfect for a kids corner and can double up as a picnic blanket.
Got some old gin or wine bottles lying around? Fill them with these bottle string lights from Waterstones and place them around your garden ready to fill the evening with a warm glow. Keep the pesky evening bugs away with a citronella candle like this one from Savers.
It isn’t a true English party without a game of croquet. This traditional game is perfect for all ages and with the Professor Puzzle wooden croquet set from WHSmith it is so easy to set up, you’ll be having fun in no time.
As your guests arrive, greet them with a welcome drink. Impress with a Waitrose cocktail recipe, our favourite is the Rhubarb Blush with Silent Pool Gin (available at Waitrose), it’s the taste of summer!
Now it’s time for the main event, it’s barbeque time! Set up your cooking station with the right tools for the job, The Work’s BBQ fork is handy for manoeuvring your meats around while cooking on the grill and a bargain at £3!
Fancy tantalising your guest’s taste buds with some new recipes? These Waitrose tasty Spicy Fish Kebabs are so simple to make and cook in under 10 minutes, perfect for any ravenous horde! If you’re looking for fresh inspiration, a great buy is Waterstones Foolproof BBQ cookbook, with 60 recipes covering meat, poultry, fish, veggies and even sweet treats for the barbie, you won’t be short for ideas to excite your guests, just make sure you have enough for seconds!
However you decide to get together with family and friends, we hope our top tips have inspired you to get outside to soak up some much-anticipated sun.
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