1. Picture-perfect place settings
Move over paper cups, step aside single-use. Brighten up your table with colourful mats and coasters, then serve up in style with pretty patterned plates and quirky cocktail glasses. (See if you can resist the urge to Instagram Every. Single. Thing…)
2. Serve up summer
This might be your last chance for an alfresco feast, so go all out with the menu. Think festival favourites like burgers and hotdogs, or bring a Mediterranean vibe with mezze nibbles and colourful salads.
3. Light it up
With the evenings slowly drawing in, you’ll need some outdoor lights to keep the party going till late. String up fairy lights, pop candles in colourful holders and add mini lanterns for a Glasto sunset glow.
4. Cosy creature comforts
For that laidback festival feel, scatter throws and cushions on the grass for picnicking or post-dinner chilling. And in case your evening’s more brrr than balmy, be prepared with cosy blankets and hot toddies on tap.
5. A little night music
Queen Bey and Jay-Z not taking your calls? A-list headliners are so mainstream, so create your own set list to see you through to the wee small hours. Be prepared with a mix of tunes to suit the mood as the sun goes down and the party picks up (or dozes off).
6. Party time, rain or shine
If experience has taught us one thing, it’s to expect the unexpected, weather-wise. Have a plan B if you’re barbecuing (hello grill, old friend) and, if clouds start gathering, get ready for a mad dash indoors – food in one hand, drink in the other, cushions and ketchup wedged under each arm.