August 12, 2022

With the summer coming to an end and the arrival of a second heatwave, we thought we’d suggest some ways to spruce up your outside space so you can appreciate the beautiful weather – not only that, if you’re thinking of hosting a garden party, follow these simple steps and it’ll be sure to be a success!  

Whether you have a large outdoor space or a small area with just enough space for some pots and a chair – these tips work for everyone.

Step 1. Revamp your Space

With the weather being record-breakingly high, there’s no better time to host a garden party! Why not invite family and friends round to enjoy the last of the summer nights – here are some tips on how to get prepared:

The first stop will have to be Homebase on the High Street – offering some great outdoor furniture choices! As well as affordable BBQs if yours needs replacing after being abandoned in the shed for months on end – they currently have 50% off on selected summer stock so get in quick!

If you really want to make an effort and completely change up your space, why not take some inspiration from this recent post on Homebase’s blog, providing a full list of materials and tools needed to build an outdoor cinema! 

Now you have some new garden furniture, the next thing to top off your outside space will be adding some beautiful flowers! The Kitchen Garden Cafe is a great place to head to for all different types of plants and flowers. You could even stop by and grab a coffee while you’re there.

Step 2. Buy Great Food

Next on the list is a visit to Johnstans High-Class Butchers! It’s the perfect place to stop by and grab any meat you require for your tasty summer BBQ. Selling the finest local meats and produce, keeping it local, and helping an independent business. 

Of course, you will be needing bits to add to your meals! Maybe take a trip to Asda and browse their selection of easy-to-cook BBQ bits – easy and affordable. They also have a great selection of Vegan/vegetarian options.

How about making your own fresh fruit smoothies? Something fun to get the kids involved with! Head to Borough and Fox and pick up some lovely, local fresh fruits and vegetables.

A BBQ Garden Party won’t be the same without something sweet – Sainsburys have a great range of tasty desserts the whole family can enjoy!

3. Keep Cool 

Of course, with there being weather warning out across the country it’s important to ensure you are taking the measures to stay cool during this heatwave, but of course, still making the most of the beautiful summer weather! 

Whether it be grabbing an ice cream from The MilkCake Man, who specialises in soft-serve ice cream (yum), or grabbing a refreshing iced latte from Ra Coffee House on the High Street. 

It’s not just about using food and drink to keep you feeling cool – Lidl and Homebase have stocked up on their fans and air conditioning units if you want to keep you and the little ones feeling fresh! 

Let’s not forget about our furry friends! This BBQ garden party needs to be for the whole family to enjoy right? Kings Heath Pet Centre has a great range of products to keep your pets cool – things like cooling mats or small paddling pools can make all the difference. 

Step 4. Add Finishing Touches 

Now you have the space, some great high-quality food, and ways to keep cool you’re almost ready to be the perfect host! 

Some subtle finishing touches wouldn’t go a miss, we have so many beautiful independent businesses in Kings Heath, you’re spoilt for choice for quirky unique things to add to your space! A Painted Room has a great range of hand-crafted items all made by local artisans. They have a great homeware section, picking up some new cushions or a nice tablecloth could make such a difference!  

Maybe take a trip to Enki, their store shows the work of many independent craftspeople who have become almost invisible on the high street today! They have some great unique toys and gifts to keep the little ones entertained. 

Grab something Sweet – If you skipped the dessert part on the shopping list no need to worry! With a great selection of Dessert shops locally, our choice would have to be between Ever So Sweet or The Little Dessert Shop – both deliver too, making your night super easy! 

If we’ve inspired you to host a Summer Garden Party we’d love to see your photos! Tag us on instagram / twitter @enjoykingsheath #summergardenpartykh

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