There are strong and believable rumours that the forthcoming bank holiday weekend is set to be glorious and with no one heading off on holiday, it is all about trying to make the most of your outdoor space.
Whether you’re lucky enough to have your own back garden, a chic balcony set up or are simply heading to the local park, we have rounded up some of the high street’s hottest buys to make this bank holiday weekend an absolutely glorious one.
So whether it’s the perfect picnic blanket and hamper set for a household picnic, or great outdoor furniture to make the most of your own outdoor space, this is how to pimp your garden.
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Glass & metal candle holder, £17.99, H&M
As the weather heats up, we will be able to spend more long hazy evenings outside and creating an atmosphere is key. These gorgeous metal and glass candle holders will help you have a serene summer.
Pots, from a selection from £8.99, Zara
Pretend you’re on a tiny sunny island with these perfect jugs and pots, filled with flowers and plants for a bright and blooming summer. Always keep in odd numbers and mix and match your styles so it looks like they are amazing holiday souvenirs and not chic high street buys.
Spiked candle holder, £6.99, H&M
If you want to go really bouji, then this candle holder that you can spike into the grass is definitely one way of creating a magical staycation.
Gin kit, £30, Oliver Bonas
OK, so you caught us, this isn’t strictly garden related, but the gin kit is botanical based and let’s be honest, it will taste best in the garden or lying on a picnic blanket.
Rug & matching cushion, £125, French Connection
We’re loving the Moroccan vibes of this rug and cushion set.
With foreign travel looking like it is off the menu for the rest of the year, make the most of feeling abroad without leaving your back yard.
Get extra throw cushions, camp down and enjoy a wine under the stars.
Rug, £29.99, H&M
No beach, no problem.
Throw down some rugs and cushions and pretend to be sunning it up abroad with this chic rug.
Trolley, £159.99, Zara
This brilliant trolley will be an absolute treasure if you’ve discovered your love of gardening in lockdown.
But we actually think it will make a rather swish drinks and snacks trolley for those long balmy evenings out in the garden. Come on, you know you do too.
Chair, £35 each, Homebase
In three colours, these rope chairs are a great item for a summer fling, while at only £35 a piece, you can get as many as you need and there is even a children’s version.
Tray, £12.50, Argos
You never think you need a drinks tray until you’re fed up of traipsing in and out of the house to bring more things. Believe us, get a tray, it will be one of your summer best buys. It’s brilliant too if you have no outdoor table.
Parasol, £25, George at Asda
This really will give you the feeling of being away when stuck at home.
All we need now is a piña colada.
Set of four glasses, £8, George at Asda
Speaking of cocktails, this set of four rainbow margarita glasses are perfect for those staycations in the garden.
Large metal plant pot, £17.99, H&M
If you’ve taken to gardening in lockdown, make sure your plant pots aren’t hampering your new green fingered style.
Create that tropical feeling outdoors with this amazing plant pot.
H&M have some amazing ones in gold and in wood look finishes that will help you really create that abroad feel at home.
12 pack tableware set, £35, Argos
Dine in style this summer with a set that both grown ups and kids will love.
Solar power glass bottle lighting, £16, Matalan
Although the days are longer, festoon lighting is a great way of adding atmosphere to your garden well into the evening.
Pouffe, £120, French Connection
While of course this could be used inside, this makes for great decking furniture for sunny days.
Pair it with the matching French Connection rug too for a totally chic look.
Sports day game set, £19.50, Marks and Spencer
If you’re starting to struggle with things to do for the kids or housemates, how about some old school garden games to brighten up the bank holiday weekend.
Hamper, was £50, now £35, Debenhams
With picnics very much our favourite activity right now, we’ve decided we want to go all countryside chic about it, hamper and all.
Two chairs, was £249, now 174.30, La Redoute
Embrace the great outdoors with these bright and fun bistro chairs.
Perfect for patios and balconies and a welcome pop of colour.
Ceramic lantern, £20, Homebase
We’re loving bright ceramics for a gorgeous way of bringing that abroad feeling home. So splash plenty of colour into your garden to really make it feel like a holiday.
Fire pit, £139, John Lewis and Partners
If you’ve spotted the likes of Perrie Edwards and her epic fire table in the garden, then a fire pit situation might be on your agenda. This one isn’t quite as epic as Perrie’s, but it will definitely give your garden nights a focal point and keep you cosy too. Pretty chic right?
Plate, £1.50 each, B&M Stores
Of course you could use regular plates outside, but where is the fun in that?
Get yourself some fun plastic crockery specifically to make those BBQ’s and nights in the garden that little more special.
Bar, £575, John Lewis and Partners
If you’re missing beer gardens and can’t face the idea of no tropical holidays this year, then maybe you should plough some holiday cash into this totally tropical bar. First round’s on you though – we’ll have a rum punch please. (matching bar stools available)
Pineapple cup, £3 each, B&M
These glasses are the perfect accompaniment to the bar above, don’t you think?
They’re a little bit of fun, but kids and grown ups will love these plastic cups and they’re great for parties when we’re allowed to have them again.
Dispenser, £10, Argos
Ok, so we have a slight tropical theme developing, but can you blame us? We just want to feel like we’re abroad, but failing that, we are going to knock up the perfect bank holiday weekend rum punch in this beauty.
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