This summer is turning out to be one of the best we’ve seen for years and it is a wonderful opportunity for spending plenty of time entertaining in the garden. Whilst a BBQ and a couple of deck chairs is a great start, there are a few other must-have accessories that can turn a good garden party into a truly great one. We’ve put together a list of the five very best.
Whether you’re new to the art of grilling or you’ve got it down to a fine art, you’re going to love the iGrill. This amazing device is a Bluetooth thermometer, which makes grilling and barbecuing easier, more convenient and generally brings it bang up to date with modern technology. It’s super simple to use: just download the iGrill app, connect the thermometer to your phone and you’re good to go. You can track temperature progression and ‘doneness’, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time!
The life and soul of your party depends on the quality of your music, so good speakers are essential. Long gone are the days of carting the entire stereo system out into the garden with cables trailing everywhere because today we have incredible devices like Fugoo speakers. Not only are Fugoo speakers wireless and very portable, they’re also designed to withstand mud, snow, water and shock, so no matter if the weather suddenly turns or you have some clumsy guests, your speakers will be safe. They are also compatible with Siri and Google Now, so you can change the music just by speaking to them.
The perfect garden party has hot weather, but not always super cool drinks, so make sure you keep everything chilled with one of these nifty Magisso Cooling Ceramics Barware ice buckets. You don’t need to fill it with ice or remember to put it in the freezer, simply soak the bucket in ice a few minutes before you use it and your bottles will stay cool for up to 4 hours. Plus, you can personalise it, making it an excellent gift idea for summer birthdays.
If you’ve got a small garden or just don’t like plastic chairs cluttering up your lawn, why not relax instead with the Snugboy inflatable sofa? This is nothing like those garish, plastic blow-up chairs of yesteryear and doesn’t require a pump or a big lung capacity, instead, you fill it up with air by swooshing it over your head. It takes literally a couple of seconds and then you can simply relax. Once you’re done, simply fold up and store neatly away.
The nights might still be light but when you’re partying into the small hours, you’re going to need a bit of illumination at some point. Make a statement with some really funky lights, like these tropical ice lolly fairy lights. Not only are they delightfully brightly coloured, but they’ve also got a lovely ‘frosted’ finish, which adds just the right summery touch to your party.
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