Throw a vintage summer party!
What better way to celebrate the summer than by throwing a traditional garden party? You can channel the classic village fêtes of old and recreate that friendly, vintage atmosphere in your back garden, with just a few simple touches!
Vintage party bunting
Let's face it, a vintage garden party really isn't complete until you have some bunting. Whether you opt for bright colours, pastels or a floral pattern, just make sure these gorgeous little flags are gracing your outdoor event. You can hang them from your fence or between the branches of trees for a stunning retro look!
Spotty washable cotton bunting. Was £12.95, now £6.95
Retro summer drinks
Enjoy some old-school beverages at your vintage summer party with classics such as pink lemonade and a cherry coke float. Check out our blog for three easy recipes for retro summer drinks.
If you're going for a tea party vibe, then of course there needs to be tea! The best hosts always offer a selection of teas to their guests. And if it’s scorching outside, you can include an iced variety. Peach iced tea is summery and easy, says Miss Thrifty: "simply chuck peaches and sugar into a blender together” and add the syrup to a jug of iced tea.
Summer party food
The main event of any party is the food! You can serve the classics - cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls, party rings. Nothing says a party like paper plates and cups, and, best of all, they'll save you some washing up! You can also save on multiple trips to the kitchen by keeping a spacious cool bag in the garden - this stylish picnic bag is perfect a vintage theme!
Vintage Apple picnic bag, £8.95
Finger-food fan for life? Take a look at our easy picnics recipes, which will be the perfect finishing touch for any summer party!
Vintage party games
Really make it a party with traditional outdoor games. We're talking hopscotch, jacks and wooden boomerangs. You could just lay your games out on the grass for everyone to have a try, or, if your guests are the competitive types, run your own mini sports day tournament.
Tin can alley game, £24.95
Summer party tealights
As day moves into night you'll want some lovely mood lighting in your garden, so you can turn your daytime party into an evening soirée. Pop some tealights in pretty candle holders and dot them around: on your patio, on tables and along the edges of the garden path.
Got lots of tealights to light? Keep your fingers safe with some long matches, in a stylish vintage design box.
Wild Flowers long matches, £3.95
We hope you enjoy hosting your vintage summer party!