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We know it’s only April, but we’ve already played witness to bikinis in the park, sandals on feet and the faint wisps of smoke that suggest barbecues are happening. Anyway, the reason we’re banging on about this little insignificant moments is simple: summertime is around the corner and so is garden party season. Mmm hmmm. The living is about to get easy again. Woohoo.


Well, that’s if you are playing the role of Pimms-sipping guest. The story is somewhat different for anyone hoping to hostess the party of all garden parties. That’s when the living is stressful.


We know what you’re thinking – compared to a Trump administration and possible wars with both Russia and N. Korea, garden party problems are hardly worth worrying about, and you’re right. The difference is, we can solve the party problems.


So, without further ado, here are our top tips on how to host the perfect garden party and be forever known as the hostess with the mostess.


1. Weather Woes

Nothing is worse than kicking things off with a little dollop of doom and gloom but, unless you’re Halle Berry in X-Men, the weather is pretty much out of your control. That’s why you need to prepare for all weathers and that means having some stylish shelter people can nip into should a) it start to pour or b) they forget to smear on the sunscreen. Our advice: open the doors to your conservatory or invest in a gazebo (you can go as posh as you like on this front).


2. Luxury Loos

We know a lovely chap that used to organise movie premieres and he used to say the secret to a successful bash was making sure the loos were nice. It may sound weird, but we get his point. It’s that one place most people will head to a few times after a few glasses, and may well have to stand in line too. Our advice: go to and get yourself the most luxury portaloo in your budget. If nothing else, it will keep the rabble out of your house.


3. Warm Wants

You could be lucky enough to see your bash fall on the hottest day of the year, but even so, the temperature you were enjoying in the afternoon will fall away like a car off a cliff when the sun goes down. Our advice: invest in lots of outdoor heating. That could be gas fires (the kind you get in restaurant courtyards) or fire pits, it’s your call, just make sure everyone is warm. The other thing you could do is have a basket full of thick blankets people can help themselves too. Chic and practical.


4. Seating Please

Whether you’re having a cosy get together or bigger bash, ample seating is essential for a good time. No matter how much they want to dance or dive from one chit chat to another, everyone will want to sit down first and that’s because it takes a good couple of hours for any Dutch courage to kick in. That doesn’t have to mean chairs, though. Hammocks, bean bags, logs and tree stumps – all of these will add an extra bit of character to your garden party.


When you pull out an old clothing item that you haven’t worn for a while, it can be really disheartening when you pull it on to find that it doesn’t fit you in the way that is used to. It’s up to you to take action on this because you don’t have to simply feel sorry for yourself. But what you should you do? There are actually lots of options out there, and some of them could help you make use of your clothes in ways you never imagined, so read on to learn more.

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Make Them Into Something New


Turning your ill-fitting clothes into something completely new and different could definitely be a good idea for you. You could turn an old pair of jeans into some new shorts or maybe a vest. The options are pretty much limitless, and only your own creativity will limit you when deciding what to do.


Make a More Concerted Effort to Shift the Weight


Losing weight is one of the most obvious things you can do if your clothes aren’t fitting you as a result of some weight gain. We all tend to put on a little weight as we get older, so it might be time for you to find out the price of your gym, or at least get a liposuction price. Which you go for is in your hands! But getting in better shape will obviously improve many aspects of your life, including what you can wear.


Adapt Them So They Fit


Making a few simple adaptations to your clothes could make them usable once more. You can take in the seams if the clothing is too big or widen them if it’s too small. All you need is some basic sewing equipment and the right skills to get this done, and it won’t take you much time at all.


Replace Broken or Damaged Elements


If there are specific parts of the clothing that are broken or damaged, this could be why the clothes are not quite fitting you right. Buttons that have been stretched out of position and zips that aren’t functioning as they should can all stop you from wearing those clothing items, so replace and repair them.


Let Go of the Past and Invest in Something New


Sometimes, you just need to let go of the past and move into the future. This applies to your clothes and fashion choices as much as anything else. Maybe you’re clinging onto those old clothes that don’t fit you because you want to relive an element of your past, but that’s not necessarily healthy for you. Why not invest in some new items instead?

Whatever the reason is for your clothes no longer fitting you, there are plenty of things that you can do about it, so it’s time for you to take action. Doing so will allow you to make use of items that you loved, or maybe even move on from them if that’s the right thing for you to do right now.

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