Summer is not over yet. There are still plenty of warm days ahead that are perfect for creating memories by hosting your very own garden party. Have a drink and relax, catch up with friends and chat into the early hours… To create an unforgettable summer garden party, you’ll need great company – and a few of these necessities: Makeshift bar Create a specific area for drinks and snacks by investing in a tiki bar. These fun and stylish bars can be stocked full of pale ales, gins, prosecco and more. With a dedicated space for refreshments, guests won’t have to keep running in and out of the kitchen to fill up. You don’t have to spend money on a ready-made tiki bar, however – a couple of wooden pallets and thatch for the roof, or even simply a table decorated with a patterned tablecloth and flowers, can create a unique makeshift bar that your guests will love. Flaming fire pit The nights may be getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop! When the sun sets, keep yourself and your guests warm by lounging around a fire pit. A sunken, stone-surround fire bowl or standalone cast iron pit will prove quite the draw as the moon rises. For a cheeky, late-night dessert, you could roast marshmallows and make s’mores around the fire. All you need are marshmallows, biscuits and chocolate to make this easy crowd-pleaser. Outdoor lanterns Light the way for your guests as darkness falls. Forget the extension leads and wires: by using solar powered lights, you’ll be able to create your own unique haven for next to nothing – and create a warm and cosy atmosphere at the same time. Whether you want to keep it simple with plain paper lanterns, or want something more extravagant like decorated Chinese lanterns (or tiki torches to continue the theme), these lights create a magical and memorable night every time. Essential added extras Accessories are the icing on the cake. Add flowers, candles or bunting. Handcraft paper ornaments for the table, or add swan napkins to plates. Little things will go a long way – your guests won’t forget the small details they find throughout the day. Another extra that you might not have thought of is the music. It’s the ultimate mood-setter, so whether you keep up to date with the hits or go classic, create the perfect playlist to complement your party. Shaded seating areas To ensure guests have the stamina and desire to see the party through, you’ll need to create a dedicated place for them to unwind and relax during the day (and to get out of the summer sun). A luxury parasol, with either a cantilever or centre post, is a great way to keep your garden looking stylish and modern without compromising on shade. With a full range of styles and colours, you’ll be able to find one that matches your theme perfectly. Find out how you could create the perfect shaded seating area here at Instashade. For style advice or more information on our range of products, contact us on +44 (0)1925 859960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.