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Home visit: throw a spontaneous garden party

Tap into summer’s relaxed mood and have some easy ideas at the ready so you can turn any family dinner into a party to remember.

A bench, chairs and side tables with colourful cushions in a walled garden area.
A bench, chairs and side tables with colourful cushions in a walled garden area.

Think inside out

Treat your outside space like any other room in your home – think comfort first. Textiles, lights and accessories for entertaining will make your space inviting and can easily be carried between indoors and out. Also, plan for the shift from day to night – hang a canopy to protect you from the sun, and have throws on hand to wrap up when the early evening chill rolls in.

Serve help-yourself platters

Tapas-style small plates, nibbles to pick at and quick bites in bowls – keep it easy with food! Take inspiration from the trend for serving food on chopping boards. It’s rustic and informal and with hardly any effort, your food becomes a feast for the eyes and the belly. Just have a stack of crockery, cutlery and glasses on hand. And try mixing up a refreshing fruit punch that you can serve in an oversized jar with a tap.

Stay in the company 

When we hung out with Marion and Frédérick at their countryside home in northern France, we were inspired by the way they threw a party. Try it – set the scene, put all the pieces in place, then relax, join in and enjoy… it’s your party too!

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior stylist: Ashlyn Gibson
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards