Fabulous Outdoor Décor For Your Summer Party

TOAST's pick of the best outdoor décor

Whether you’ve got a bijoux patio, a large grassy garden or a pretty local park – it’s time to get out there and enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts! Here are TOAST’s pick of the best affordable accessories to make any outside space party-ready.

Winter is coming. No, that isn’t a Game of Thrones reference. Winter is quite literally coming, whether we like it or not. The good news however is that there are still several weeks left to enjoy the good old British summertime, so it’s the perfect time to make your outside space look fab and get some friends over to enjoy it.

Whether you’re having a BBQ, afternoon tea outside, an al fresco lunch or a pool party perhaps (can we come?) – TOAST has rounded up some of the best and easiest ways to make your open air do the most stylish in town, from beautiful balloons and perfect pom poms, to glittering candlelight and glowing lanterns - it’s time to transform your outside space and entertain al fresco. 


Pom Pom Perfection

Despite the name, Deco Pom Pom do not just sell pom poms, although it has to be said that their staggering selection of beautiful tissue paper pom poms is pretty incredible. But they also sell gorgeous honeycombs, lanterns and tassel garlands too, and all of which come in over a whopping 80 different colours! So you are really spoiled for choice at this one-stop shop for making your outside space look fabulous.

Pick up a few beautifully handmade poms poms and string them from trees or perhaps choose some tassels to dangle from the outdoor table; however you use them these modern and colourful party decorations will add instant al fresco style.

Deco Pom Pom

Pom poms start at 90p each from Deco Pom Pom, see them in our Little Black Book.

Brilliant Bunting

Ok so when I say bunting – it’s actually so much more than that. The cool creative cats at Lark Décor in fact make beautiful, unique large triangular flags to hire that are an impressive one meter wide by a meter long, and so quickly transform any outside space into a gorgeous, party ready hotspot! This super sized festival-esque bunting also comes with matching oversized 'fringing' to add extra texture and finish, which you can hang alongside the flags or place separately around your chosen outside space. Their beautiful styles range from the glitzy Gold Rush and super bright Birds of Paradise, to the more understated Forest Greens and Ochre and Eggshell Blue. And if you’re feeling really brave, you can even mix and match colours and styles for mega outdoor impact.

Lark Decor

To hire Lark Decor’s flags costs £10 per metre, fringing is £40 per 10m, see their listing in our Little Black Book to get in touch. 

Loveley Lanterns 

Ever dreamt of throwing a party in a garden festooned with illuminated globe-shaped lanterns, magically hanging from the trees? Well now thanks to The Hanging Lantern Company that dream can in fact become reality this summer, as they are one of the UK and Europe’s leading suppliers of traditional Chinese paper lanterns, all made in their very own factory.

Their beautiful outdoor lanterns come in literally dozens of different colours so you can choose whatever matches your theme and they also come in three different sizes too so you can mix and match and dot them around the space, or cluster them all together for a show stopping focal point.

Hanging Lantern Co

The Hanging Lantern Company's lanterns start from £3.49 each, see more on their profile in our Little Black Book.  

Bountiful Balloons

Balloons always give an instant party atmos but they are even better when they are supersized, filled with helium, glitter and confetti! Bonbon Balloons is a luxury balloon company based in East London who creates wonderful balloons that are perfect for adding style and fun to your outdoor entertaining this summer. Bonbons come in a rainbow of coloured and confetti filled balloons, and each has a beautiful, hand crafted decorative string. Their party shop section enables you to select your balloon style and colour and then Bon Bon will pop it in the post for you ready for you to inflate at home on the day of your do. Easy!

Bon Bon Balloons

Giant latex balloons from Bonbon Balloons start at £35 each, See more on them in our Little black Book.  

Faboulous Flames 

Why not add some drama to proceedings with these gorgeous statement oil torches from Zaza Homes. Each stylish silver (or copper tone) torch comes with a strong metal pole that’s suitable for staking into the ground, whilst the burners themselves are made from high grade stainless steel, so they look super smart. The high quality fibre glass wick also means that the torch will last for summers to come. Scatter them around the garden or along pathways to create a seriously impressive setting for your al fresco evening. Simply fuel with Paraffin based oils and let the flames dance with your guests all night long! Each lantern also comes with a snuffer and oil filter too.


Zaza Home's lanterns are £22.50 for 1, £79 for a set of 4., see more on www.zazahomes.co.uk

Sensational Signage 

Based in Southamption, the brilliantly named Bangy Bee Metalcraft specialise in creating personalised and non-personalised metal gifts and brilliant signs that are perfect for outdoor entertaining.

You can choose stylish signs for the shed, the front of the house or any bespoke wording that you want, and they also offer a range of entertaining-specific ones which are lovely arrows indicting where the party is, or where your guests might find the all-important bar! Opt for untreated steel which ages beautifully, or a fun colour which is created using a powder coating system that’s resistant to scratches, cracking, peeling, UV rays and rust. Perfect for outdoor fun, whatever the weather!

Bangee Bee Metal Craft To The Bar

Sugnage from Bangee Bee Metalcraft start at £30 each, for more information take a look at their page in our LBB.

Pretty Pinwheels 

An affordable, easy and oh-so stylish way to make your garden look great is by hanging up of few of these gorgeous paper pinwheels from trendy party emporium Ginger Ray. These pretty pinwheels come in a selection of stylish colours that can easily be mix and matched, such as pastel blue, pastel pink and more tropical shades of fuchsia and orange. They look gorgeous hanging from trees and balconies, and can also be clustered together around a doorway or against one wall to make an effortless yet super stylish statement piece.

Ginger Ray Pinwheels

Ginger Ray's Pretty Pinwheels start at £6.99 for a pack of 3, www.gingerray.co.uk.


Cute Candles

There’s nothing quite as atmospheric as flickering candlelight, and these stylish little paper bag lanterns from The Letteroom mean that you can now make it personal too! These chic white bags are cut out in all the letters of the alphabet, so you can spell out whatever word you like, pop a tea light in each and your chosen message the word light up!

They look beautiful spread along the table, or dotted around the garden. If you’re putting them outside then it’s best to weight each bag down with some sand, but you’ll be pleased to hear that the paper that the lantern is made from is fame retardant. A lovely and cost effective way to light up any outside space. 


The Letterroom Lanterns are £2.50 each, available on their website. Take a look at their prifule for more information. 

Gorgeous Garlands

Beautiful, bouncy balloon garlands are all the rage this year and thanks to Bubble Gum Balloons it’s now easier than ever to make your own at home. Each of their DIY balloon garland kits contains a whopping 84 balloons in assorted sizes and are themed by colour such as Peacock Blue, Peach Blossom and Pastel Rainbow – all of which would look gorgeous in any garden.

As well as the all-important balloons, there’s also a detailed instruction card, a balloon decorating strip and a hand pump (no helium required!) – making it super easy to create a your own impressive balloon installation this summer.   

Bubblegum Balloons

Bubblegum Balloons start from £10.95 per kit, see their profile for more information. 

Don’t forget to tag @ToastLifeUK in all your al fresco fun this summer – we would love to see your photos!

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