Dining Alfresco with Garden Trading

One aspect of summer that I always look forward to is barbecue season. Here in the UK, we have to make the most of our good weather as our summers can be a little bit hit and miss! Therefore, as soon as it begins to warm up we tend to just declare summer has arrived and get ready to venture outside, fire up our barbecues and bask in the glorious sunshine!

I have always thought there is something so refreshingly social about eating outside. It reminds me of holidaying in the summer and  camping out with family, amongst many other childhood memories which largely consisted of running wild in the open countryside.

 If you are looking to have a social gathering in your garden this summer, Garden Trading will certainly inspire your creativity. They can easily offer you everything to meet your summer garden party needs, providing everything from furniture to soft furnishings, lighting and decor.

One essential garden party item which has been particularly popular for Garden Trading is the Whitstable Barbecue Bucket. Inspired by stories of fishermen cooking their catch over buckets of coal on the beach, this attractive galvanised bbq bucket is such a great asset to even the more prestigious barbecue! It will happily cook to feed a large number and is brilliantly versatile for the all important marshmallow toasting that is simply a staple, non-negotiable activity when the children are about!

We had great fun using a barbecue bucket one mild evening last week. Being so portable, it’s also very easy to move around so you can take it off on your camping holidays or even your trips to the seaside. I am planning on taking ours to the beach very soon!

I have to say, I think the nicest part of using this galvanised bucket is its informal charm. The simple design only adds to the ease and practicality of using it. Whilst we have also fired up our American style barbecue over the past few days, it has been a really fun alternative just having this little bbq bucket on the go to quickly cook everything from sausages to chicken wings- and not to mention those all important marshmallows!

If you would like to see more of Garden Trading’s outdoor summer essentials you can have a peruse of their beautiful products here. I would certainly recommend the barbecue bucket as an excellent way to get summer started right in your back garden. Not only are these purse friendly, but they are especially handy if you don’t have a gas barbecue but still want to enjoy the experience of cooking and dining alfresco! You can purchase a Whitstable Barbecue Bucket here.

Dressing the table for an outdoor gathering is something I take particular pleasure in doing. I love to really ‘set the scene’ using pretty tablecloths, candles and decorations to add that extra 'touch'. Garden Trading helped me out by kindly giving me two of their Cornbury Votive Lanterns which are the cutest glass jars with wire handles. Whilst these would be so perfect for lighting tea light candles in, I actually gathered some fresh elderflower stems for mine as they are in season and our garden is full of them. The smell is so beautiful, I thought it would be nice to really bring that to my dining table. The Cornbury Votives come in an assortment of colours and sizes which you can view (here)

It was really fun to enjoy our first ‘proper’ summer barbecue with the help of Garden Trading and I have felt very inspired to get creative in our outdoor space during the next few months.

I hope this post has inspired you to get creative with your barbecuing!

Love Bunty

*Disclaimer*  This is a sponsored post. Whilst I was kindly gifted the products mentioned above, the opinions expressed are representative of BuntyLiving and are entirely authentic, resulting from personal experience of using them.


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