Indian Summer: the Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Entertaining

With the great British summer finally upon us, now's the moment to look at chic outdoor entertaining ideas.

From ornate table decorations to luxe lighting and colourful furniture, eating al fresco has never been more appealing. With their jewel-covered canopies inspired by the nomadic tents of India and Morocco, the Battersea-based Raj Tent Club - a favourite with the fashion set - has been bringing glamour to garden parties for more than 20 years.

Here, founder Nicky Marks forecasts the season's most colourful outdoor trends. Time to ditch that white plastic gazebo...

'A wooden trestle is a timeless investment, while accessories canbe easily changed based on seasonal trends,' says Marks. Use bold cushions and linens to zhuzh up your tables. Marks sources hers from artisans based in India, but brands such as Suki Cheema, Bonnie and Neil (at Liberty), Once Milano and A Rum Fellow offer cheerful alternatives. Do away with the plastic and lay your table with 'thali-style' plates and utensils; these copper trays, (below, from £19.50) will last well past the summer. For your centrepiece, look to florist Juliet Glaves (@julietglaves) for inspiration. A regular collaborator with Designers Guild and Temperley London, she favours 'home-grown, wild British blooms in one statement arrangement', using poppies, buttercups and cow parsley varieties.

'These blue-and-white tent panels are a reimagining of palace panels in Jaipur where there is a lot of blue and white pottery,' explains Marks. To bring regal splendour to your own garden, think accent pieces usually found inside. Jonathan Adler is the go-to place for playful pottery and his Utopia rangeadds a little levity to your average fruit bowl or vase. Rugs can also be employed outside to grand effect. While 'dhurrie' or 'kilim' flatweave rugs are a safe bet - see Amy Kent and Oliver Bonas for modern takes or OKA for classic versions - an embellished Moroccan wedding blanketfrom RTC's own collection will transform a drab patio or terrace space and doubles up nicely as a throw for the bedroom.

If the current offering on the high street is anything to goby, 2016 is the year that rattan got cool again. 'It has a touch of glamorous 1960s California to it,' says Marks. Stalwarts such as Habitat and Urban Outfitters have framed their summer collections around this retro material; for the Raj Tent spin, pair with intricately embroidered soft furnishings or a traditional Jalli-printed parasol.The RTC cotton version can be used with or without a cumbersome base, ideal for Londoners with tiny terraces.

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