6 easy makes and updates to make your summer party a success!

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  • From finishing touches to talking point pieces

    Set up a pop-up photo studio

    Make memories by setting up
    a photo booth and taking photos
    of friends. If you have a tree, use it
    to hang frames for friends to pose in, and pop the photos in a pretty
    bag as a gift for them to take home.

    Shoot and see the results straight away with FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 70
    instamatic camera, £99, Jessops. It’s got a Selfie Mode that adjusts
    the brightness for perfect self portraits, and you can check your
    framing with the mirror next to the lens. The film packs are widely
    available – a pack of 20 sheets costs £19.99 at Jessops.

    With everyone’s smartphones at the ready, a budget-friendly alternative is the selfie stick!

    Buy a set of props to add to the fun. Party Pieces sells themed photo
    booth kits, from £2.99, including everything from princess tiaras and
    pirate hats to superhero accessories.

    Set the scene

    Wax lighting tapers, £6.50 for 200g, Price’s range, John Lewis; for similar galvanised bucket try the Harris, £7.99, Homebase

    Bring a touch of beach-barbecue
    chic to your get-together with elegant tapers that will flicker in the
    evening breeze. Fill two-thirds of a large galvanised bucket with fine
    sand,
    then insert the tapers before lighting.

    Personalised pieces

    Try Typewriter Letter stamps, £10, Hobbycraft

    Use alphabet stamps to add messages or your guests’ names to wooden
    napkin rings. Slip a rolled-up napkin inside each one and pop them in
    a jug or flowerpot. Loosely tie knives and forks together with ribbon.

    Host a garden movie night

    Outdoor cinema screenings are big news this summer, but it’s easy to create your own in your garden.
    Invest in a projector. A second-hand one will do, or go one better with Vivitek’s Qumi Q6 portable projector, £480, Personal Projector. Connect a video source (either
    a DVD player or a laptop) to the projector, then plug some speakers into your video source, too.
    Choose a dark area of the garden away from outdoor lights and your neighbours’ houses, then peg a white sheet to a washing line – it’s all you need for a cinema screen. Secure
    it so it doesn’t move in the breeze.
    Make a cosy viewing area by laying a groundsheet on the grass, then add blankets, cushions and beanbags to up the comfort factor.

    Let guests help themselves

    For similar ice bucket and stand try, Ice bucket with tray, £79.99, Wayfair

    Create a relaxed atmosphere by setting up a drinks station where people can help themselves. Chill bottles in an ice bucket for cool drinks on a sunny afternoon.

    Create a colourful centrepiece

    For similar vase try Large Jar Vase, £30, Rockett St.George

    Whilst flowers always brighten up the table, for summer long colour, invest in plants to create a an arrangement in a jar or terrarium that will last until party season next year!

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