Whether you’re planning a summer BBQ or a picnic in the park, Pinterest’s Summer Entertaining Report 2017 is a mine of inspiration
Summer has officially begun, and while you’ve probably already dusted off the barbecue and uncovered your outdoor furniture during the recent heatwaves, you might be looking for more ways to enjoy the season. So hurrah for Pinterest, which has just revealed some of the latest trends in summer entertaining.
Some of these ideas won’t come as a shock to you, but there are a few sneaky surprises in there. And plenty to take your garden parties up a gear
The Pinterest Summer Entertaining Report 2017 reveals what users have been searching for and pinning across three categories: outdoor decor, gardens and greenery, and food and drink.
Read more: Pinterest’s home trends for 2017
First, here’s what’s trending in outdoor decor:
1. Party-friendly spaces of all sizes: searches up 55 per cent
Outdoor bar? Outdoor kitchen? Outdoor games? Check! No matter how small your garden, create an outdoor space that will accommodate all the parties you’ll be hosting this summer.
Read more: Outdoor kitchen ideas
2. Tangerine is the new black: searches up 42 per cent
From pots and tiles to outdoor sofas and cushions, warm tangerine tones are bang on trend this summer.
3. Outdoor gallery walls: searches up 39 per cent
You’ll (hopefully) be spending a lot of time in the garden this summer, so take your indoor decorating scheme outdoors with weatherproof photo frames and pictures to give your guests something to admire.
4. Outdoor tiling: searches up 32 per cent
Whether on the floor or adorning a wall, fun tiles in colourful prints provide an impressive base for outdoor living areas.
5. Upholstered furniture: searches up 32 per cent
‘People are literally moving their front rooms outside for summer,’ say Pinterest. This includes rugs, coffee tables, and throw pillows – fingers crossed for good weather then!
Next, gardens and greenery:
6. Plants you can’t kill: searches up 195 per cent
Pinners must be feeling the frustration when it comes to keeping plants alive, as the latest advice from Pinterest is to try embroidery!
Read more: Houseplants – our pick of the best
7. Aloe Vera gardening: searches up 67 per cent
Not only is Aloe a relatively easy plant to grow (anyone searching for plants you can’t kill, take note), its leaves also offer all kinds of health benefits and can be used in smoothies and beauty products.
8. Garden in a can: searches up 39 per cent
No outdoor space? No problem! No space is too small to accommodate plants, so focus on your window sill. ‘The window sill is your new container garden,’ say Pinterest, and using recycled materials such as cans to house new plants is quickly gaining popularity.
9. High-tech gardening: searches up 29 per cent
Make gardening easier by embracing the latest technology, such as a timer that monitors water levels and lets you control watering zones from your smartphone.
10. Kid- and drought-friendly landscaping: searches up 28 per cent
With inevitable hosepipe bans and the kids out of school for summer, it’s important to kit out your garden accordingly.
And finally food and drink:
11. Smoked everything: searches up 170 per cent
This is more than just meats. ‘People are smoking everything from mac and cheese to onion rings and cocktails,’ says Pinterest.
12. Decorative ice: searches up 82 per cent
Liven up your ice cubes and stay cool this summer by adding fruit and herbs to your ice tray. This is a sure fire way to impress your guests. Cocktail anyone?
13. Middle Eastern flavours: searches up 55 per cent
Say farewell to BBQ sauce – harissa and tzatziki are the new barbecue condiments of choice.
14. Bunless BBQs: searches up 52 per cent
It’s all about the bowl this year. ‘Bunless BBQs are an easy/healthy way to serve up your faves straight from the grill,’ Pinterest reports.
Read more: Our pick of the best barbecues
15. Upcycled fruit: searches up 37 per cent
Furniture isn’t the only thing you can upcycle. ‘Before you toss your cantaloupe rind or hollowed out coconut, get creative with ways you can serve smoothie bowls, cocktails and more,’ Pinterest tells us.
16. Edible flowers: searches up 31 per cent
Because every meal looks better decorated with edible flowers, apparently.
We’re definitely sold on a few of those trends – particularly anything that makes gardening easier! Not so sure about those edible flowers, but we shall see…