With summer now very much upon us, we thought we’d put together a little ‘Summer Essentials’ collection.

Whether it’s a romantic day out for two or a garden party with all of your nearest and dearest we have it all under control! It’s understandable that everyone wants to make the most of the long sunny days and not so cold nights, once you have acquired all of the following items you are well on your way to being able to make the most of the coming months.

Picnic Basket Set

picnic-basketWherever you travel this summer be sure to take the Coast & Country 2 Person Willow Hamper Basket with you. Made from classic wicker and boasting checked lining, the picnic basket comes with everything you need to dine alfresco, including cutlery, plates and a wine opener. Not only is it super cute it’s also extremely beneficial, pack all your faves up the night before and jobs a good’un! No more searching for a cafe to only get there and be ripped off on a sandwich that probably wont even be that nice. Plus you can eat it wherever you want without been tied down to a venue, eat on the beach, the edge of a cliff, middle of a field it doesn’t really matter!


2 x Tumbler Glasses
2 x 7″ Ceramic Plates
2 x Knives
2 x Forks
2 x Spoons
1 x Wine Opener
1 x Plastic Salt and Pepper Set

Available from: iwantoneofthose.com


bbqA good old BBQ is the absolute ultimate in summer! If you’re just a rookie BBQ’er then this is just the thing for you. All of you experienced folk out there might have moved on to bigger and better things, we’re not too sure, but never the less this is always a winner. It’s easily transported about so you could even take it camping with you if that’s your type of thing. There’s everything you need to start cooking outside this summer with this barbecue starter pack, comes fully equipped with utensils, BBQ and cover!

Available from: argos.co.uk

Portable Speaker:

speakerThere’s no dancing without music!  The Sony SRS-X2 isn’t just small, compact and light, it’s also portable so you get great music satisfaction in and out of the house. The rechargeable battery gives you up to five hours of unplugged listening for when you’re partying in the great outdoors and with a 10-metre Bluetooth range allows you to enjoy excellent wireless freedom without having to sit next to it all night.

Available from: currys.co.uk

Fire Pit:

fire-pitYes we know it’s summer but it can still get bit nippy on a night so a fire pit is essential to keep you warm if you want to avoid having to retreat indoors (it’ll also scare away the midgeys). This Caleta Clay Firebowl from B&Q is perfect for summer parties and even roasting a few marshmallows as part of a little midnight snack if you get peckish.

Available from: diy.com

Fairy Lights:

LightsLittle fairy lights are the way to bring the inside out and with these little beauty’s from B&Q you’ll achieve just that. They’re battery powered so there’s no need to start pulling the extension leads out! With 20 of these little lamps and  a 5.8m in length span they are sure to light up any party!

Available from: diy.com

Spending your days in the countryside with a cute little picnic and ending with a BBQ filled with food, music, laughs and surrounded by family and friends sounds like a perfect way to spend your summer!