Who doesn't love a flamingo? They were the big accessory for garden parties in 2016, much to my personal delight! If you stocked up on flocks of pink loveliness, then fear not – the trend is still going strong this year – but there are some new key characters joining the fun. Look out for palm trees, cacti, lobsters, pineapples and watermelons. In other words, your garden party is about to become a totally topical mix of all things kitsch, and we love it!
Lisa Rutherford, seasonal buyer for John Lewis tells us, 'This season, it's all about the bright and the colourful. We know that more customers are entertaining this summer than in previous years, and we've already seen huge demand for items that will make outdoor spaces pop, creating that Instagram moment.'
For inspiration, check out our top garden party ideas.
Here's our round-up of hero summer garden party supplies for your next garden get-together.
The Tiki bar
Get the party started in style! The John Lewis Tiki bar is proving to be hugely popular already this summer, easy to see why – imagine the wow factor of serving guests rum based cocktails from this exotic-themed drinking establishment, all in the comfort of your own garden. The vibe instantly transports you to some tropical beach bar far far away, without the hefty price tag of long-haul airfares.
John Lewis has literally thought of everything to fully immerse yourself into the tropics, even selling faux Palm trees for decoration!
No beach bar would be complete without serving delicious BBQ food. This totally tropical collection of paper plates and serving baskets is a sure fire way of recreating summer holiday vibes at home.
Cactus motifs are decorating all manner of party accessories, we love these quirky plates & napkins – perfect for alfresco dining this summer...
Perfect pool floats
You'd have to have been living in a cave to miss the pool float phenomenon that took hold last year. This fun inflatable accessory is showing no signs of going away anytime soon, as more and more fabulous designs are being brought to life. Lobsters, watermelon slices, pineapples, swans and flamingos are all hot favourites for summer 2017.
Love a lobster? Trend alert! Lobster love is in the air
Admittedly, not many of us are fortunate enough to own a swimming pool, but we say embrace the float anyway! When not on holiday you could try squeezing one into a paddling pool, enjoy it as a garden party prop accessory or possibly a super comfy recliner for guests (no heels allowed, naturally).
A firm favourite on social media is the almighty flamingo pool float, and this year it's been given a shiny makeover with a rather fancy Rose Gold finish #flamingofloat
Pretty paper decorations
If you're looking to add a pretty touch to party proceedings, paper decorations can go a long way to help. There are so many different designs of paper decorations that are cheap and more than cheerful – you don't need many to make a real impact either.
For tips on how to decorate, check out summer party ideas to impress your friends.
A little can go a long way when it comes to dressing your outdoor space. This generous paper pineapple decoration could be used on its own as a table centrepiece or hung in an arrangement surrounded by colourful balloons and smaller honeycomb paper balls, to add more impact.
Hanging bunting and paper decorations is an easy way to instantly jazz up a garden for a special occasion. While the weather stays dry, there's no reason you can't leave them up throughout summer just to add colour to the patio or decking area. Talking Tables have a fantastic array of themes to help you decorate your party in style; our favourite right now is the Cuban Fiesta range...
Fabulous fairy lights
The twinkle of fairy lights never fails to add ambiance to a garden party. With the tropical theme in mind we couldn't help but gravitate towards to fabulously fruity watermelon design.
You never know where you are with the unpredictable British weather, but we hear it's due to stay soggy this week. But why not get online shopping now for all your tropical buys, so you'll be ready to party when the sun returns.
Get the Ideal Home Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.
Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
This living room is the ultimate inspiration for decorating a small space for Christmas
A super-colourful living room provides the perfect festive canvas for this Christmas-loving homeowner
By Laurie Davidson
I've searched for expensive-looking Christmas decor for hours, and these are the deals you don't want to miss
There's no time like Black Friday to get your Christmas shopping done, and these are my top picks
By Jullia Joson
How to soundproof your kitchen and stop noisy appliances disturbing your peace
Want to hush your kitchen? Here's how
By Andrea Childs