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With the school summer holidays in full swing, what better way to bring together friends and family than by hosting a barbecue? When the weather's warm, there's nothing quite like sharing freshly-cooked, delicious food in the garden with the people you love! To make the event extra special, try these quick DIY projects for decorations, table settings and food.
Sure, you could just pop the condiment bottles out on the table, but with just a little extra effort you can add a lovely homespun touch. Get hold of some small metal buckets and attach adhesive labels with the condiment name onto them, then fill up with ketchup, mayonnaise, pickle, and whatever else you're planning to serve.
To help show your guests what's on offer, or if you're catering for guests with different dietary needs or allergies, it's a great idea to make a menu plaque. Find a large, narrow rectangular piece of plywood and paint it with chalkboard paint. Next, use chalks to write up menu items.
This is a really simple trick to achieve a more polished and cohesive look for your BBQ. Simply wrap a strip of patterned paper around the flat centre of a drink bottle, adhere in place, and you're set! Try using a combination of patterns that match your colour scheme, such as The Paper Boutique Blooming Lovely Paper Popper Pad for a summery feel.
If you're hosting your BBQ in the evening, nothing looks prettier than the glimmer of candle flames as the sun sets. To make simple yet effective tealight holders, find some glass jars that are the right size for holding a tealight. Use a pretty paper punch to create a pattern in coloured paper that's as long as the circumference of your jar, then glue to paper to the outside of the jar. The flame will shine through the holes, creating a beautiful effect.
If your BBQ is more of a sit-down affair, decorate the table in style with personalised name cards. To make them, create a tent-fold mini card blank on a square piece of card. Then attach pretty die cuts, which can be made with dies like these Moonstone Beautiful Butterflies and finish with hand-written names – for a fancy touch, you could even try using calligraphy!
When the weather's hot, a parasol will be a welcome addition to any garden. Make it look extra pretty by creating some die-cut shapes and hanging them from it with some string. Try using the Tattered Lace Essential Heart Box Die Set to create pretty paper hearts in different sizes and colours, then hang them at different lengths from the inside bars of the parasol.