Transform the garden or terrace into a stylish dining area for romantic meals with your partner and meetings with friends.
Follow my tricks to set the right mood without breaking the bank.
GO FORAGE: Choose some flowers and foliage from your garden as a centerpiece for the table or divide them into smaller bouquets and display them in jars.
BY CANDLELIGHT: Use lanterns for mood lighting. Love the rose copper lantern from The Range which is down from £19.99 to £14.99. Alternatively, you can try making your own using large jam jars and brightly colored yarn.
Visit diyncrafts.com for these and many more ideas for DIY lanterns with candles or fairy lights.
SAVE UP: £5 at The Range.
TABLE MANNER: Do you need a seat? B&M has the Milano dining set with six chairs, a tempered glass table and a parasol for £150, which is one of the cheapest deals I’ve seen for this size.
But if it’s outside your budget, Millets has the Hi-Gear fold-out camping table for £20 instead of £75. Put a pretty tablecloth over it and use your indoor dining room chairs.
SAVE UP: £55 on picnic table
GET FREEBIES: Visit Freecycle, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and Nextdoor for those giving away used patio furniture for free or at a bargain price. When you move, you often have to get rid of bulky items quickly, so you can get great bargains.
PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Avoid breaking plastic or bamboo glasses and plates.
Marks & Spencer is currently having 20 per cent off picnic crockery including a set of four rainbow wine glasses for £12 instead of £15. Or get similar ones from George at Asda for £10.
SAVE UP: £2 with Asda glasses
Whip up healthy smoothies and soups with the Ninja BN495UK 0.7 liter blender, from £99 to £79 at ao.com.
SAVE UP: £20
GET a taste of Glastonbury with a delicious Cheddar Cheese Casserole from Co-op’s Worthy Farm Reserve at the introductory price of £3 instead of £3.50.
SAVE UP: 50 p
WITH Love Island back on TV, you might be lusting after the famous fireplace. Poundland has a searing offer at £15. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen.
STAND UP in the £250 Isolde pastel cotton-gauze dress by Olivia Rubin. Or keep it colorful with Studio.co.uk’s £20 Square Neck Ombré Ruched Midi Dress.
SAVE UP: £230
QUENCH your thirst with a three for £2.75 deal on juices in Iceland including orange, mango, apple, cranberry and tropical juices – normally £2 for 1 liter each.