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Host the biggest parties this summer 2024 Host the biggest parties this summer 2024

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Host the biggest parties this summer 2024

Summer 2024 is shaping up to be one to remember with a host of live sports (Euros 2024, Paris Olympics and Paralympics, Wimbledon and more) and big events including Glastonbury, Taylor Swift heading to the UK and TRNSMT in Scotland.

If you’re feeling the summer vibes, now’s the time to start planning outdoor celebrations, welcoming barbecues, big-screen get-togethers and garden parties.

For the best food and drink to outdoor speakers and pizza ovens, gorgeous decorations and patio sets and heaters, here’s where to find everything you need at Meadowhall.

Summer food and drink, BBQs, party platters and more

 

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With rump steak kebabs, plant-based sausages and burgers, New Yorker Chicken flatties, sun-kissed rosé, sandwich platters and rainbow cakes, Marks & Spencer has everything you need to plan the ultimate summer barbecue.

Treat your guests to delicious brownies, donuts and treats from Batch’d, Hotel Chocolat, Krispy Kreme, Lindt and Sweet Tradition for fun pick’n’mix for the kids.

Beautiful decorations, garden toys and paddling pools for summer 2024

Whether you’re going for a TikTok-trending boho look, football bunting, balloon arches or huge flower arrangements in bright vases, get inspired with this summer’s gorgeous finds. For kids, stock up on water pistols, paddling pools, outdoor games and bats and balls (don’t forget books and drawing materials if they need some downtime too).

Head to Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Kenji, Poundland and The Entertainer.

The best big-screen TVs, wireless speakers and outdoor smart tech

 

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Entertaining indoors or in the garden, now’s the time to invest in a brand new TV to watch all the best matches and iconic sporting moments this summer.

Keep an eye out for sets that offer HDR (High Dynamic Range which offers a more lifelike display), your perfect size (your viewing distance should be 1.5 times diagonally the size of your screen), a smart connection (so you can link it up directly to your broadband and streaming apps) and a Freeview tuner.

Other big tech buys at the moment include outdoor wireless Bluetooth speakers from Sonos, Bose and Bang & Olufsen so you can bring the party outside and smart devices including Nest doorbells, portable fans and lighting.

Head to Argos, Apple and Currys for the latest tech and swing by Sky Store for incredible deals.

Outdoor garden, patio sets and alfresco tablescaping

Outdoor design is coming into its own this summer. Comfy modular sofas, colourful (and rainproof) outdoor cushions and rugs, earth-inspired textures such as hessian and stone, bright and beautiful patio tables and chairs, Eastern-inspired parasols and sustainable features will all add a gorgeous upgrade to your garden and decking. Remember, you’ll always need more cushions and chairs than you think you do.

For tablescaping, think huge Moroccan-inspired serving platters, colourful plates and glasses and fun cocktail accessories. Get inspired with beautiful buys at independent store Baytree Interiors, Habitat at Argos and homeware at Next with tablescaping finds at Flying Tiger Copenhagen.

Barbecues, pizza ovens, heaters and solar lamps

 

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Whether you’re going for gas or charcoal, barbecues are now an investment for your garden that’ll work all year round as more and more of us embrace the outdoors for cooking up family feasts and welcoming friends. Complement your outdoor entertainment areas with a pizza oven, warming heaters for British summers and solar lamps dotted around (or hang fairy lights across your patio).

Find the latest designs at Argos, Currys and Lakeland.

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