Here at Craft Gin Club, we love nothing more than a good ginny cocktail party outside - come rain or shine, it’s the best fun you can have! Of course, you don’t need anything more than a few gin pals, some fantastic gin, ice and a cocktail shaker - but if you’re planning an al fresco gathering that’s a little more special this summer, check out some of these fabulous garden party accessories!
Classic Festoon Lights
£45, Garden Trading
A little soft white sparkle from these string lights, dotted between your trees or across your balcony, will add a lovely warm ambience to your cocktail evening after the sun goes down.
3 Cream Tassel Solar Lanterns
These amazing Moroccan-style tasseled lanterns are solar-powered! This means you can hang them anywhere outside without the need for access to a power point - simply leave the lanterns in a sunny spot for 6-8 hours during the day and they’ll be ready to glow come nightfall.
Outdoor 2-in-1 Speaker & Lantern
£95, Cox and Cox
No summer drinks party is complete without a fantastic soundtrack to get your guests in the mood, whether your vibe is laid-back beach tunes, jazzy crooners or a bit of backyard disco dancing to Motown! We love this chic portable sound speaker that doubles up as a lantern.
If you’re short on garden chairs or find them a bit formal for the kind of atmosphere you’re after, why not try a couple of oversized floor cushions or these comfy outdoor beanbags?
Outdoor Planter/Drinks Trough
You don’t want to be jumping up and down to go to the fridge the whole night, so why not use an outdoor planter as an ingenious trough holder for your ice, gin and mixers? Plus, you can actually use it to plant flowers or herbs when your party’s over. It’s win-win!
£9.99, Waitrose Garden
Vintage bunting burst back into fashion a few years back and its popularity for use at outdoor parties shows no sign of dimming. To add an on-trend-for-2019 touch to the look, go for retro gingham prints!
Save yourself (and your guests) the trouble of mixing individual drinks every five minutes and whip up a batch of delicious punch ahead of time - then sit back and relax while everyone helps themselves! Here are a few of our favourite punch recipes to get your creative juices flowing.
Personalised Garden Party Sign
If your garden party is a grander affair - more Buckingham Palace than Crystal Palace, say - then you might like to invest in one of these cute personalised signs to welcome your guests on arrival. You can change the message to say whatever you like, even if it’s just “Gin Cocktails This Way!” That’s a reusable sign if ever we thought of one….
Decorative White Artificial Wisteria
We can all admit that just because we’re lucky enough to have a garden or outside space, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we’re all blessed with the gift of green fingers! If your al fresco cocktail space could benefit from a little floral flourish, we adore this pretty, faux wisteria.
Garden Party Tent
You’ve planned a cocktail party outdoors in UK summer? It’s basically almost the law that it will pour with rain. But, on the off-chance it doesn’t, you might still benefit from a little cover from the elements - whether that’s heatwave sunshine or elemental monsoons! If you don’t want to spend too much on a once-a-year event, this party tent was one of the best-value versions we found online.
Craft Gin Club Gin of the Month Box
£40, Craft Gin Club
You’ve got all the outdoor party accessories, now all you need are the drinks! Luckily for you, a Craft Gin Club box contains everything you need for a cocktail party with a few close gin pals: exclusive and rare gins from around the world, mixers, tonic, snacks and a beautiful magazine packed with cocktail recipes.
All set? Why not have a browse through our cocktail recipes to get some inspiration for your drinks on the day? Have a fantastic party!