It’s getting hot in here…..

“Hooray it’s here” I hear you shout…as promised the heat wave has arrived and temperatures have been soaring in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey. It’s the perfect weather for a marquee wedding or party but ensuring that your guests are happy and are keeping cool is also very important. The beauty with all of Alresford Marquees marquee’s is that as many walls as you wish can be taken off, opening up the marquee and transforming it into an open-air venue.

We mentioned before that we love the sun parasols that can be stored outside the marquee for guests to use at leisure but here is the link again www.umbrellaboutique.co.uk

A popular request is using one of our stunning Chinese hat marquees which make the perfect bar area outside. This allows guests to mingle and stay shaded but still enjoy the glorious sunshine

Ensuring that there is enough water being served is also very important and can be done in a stylish fashion, we love big old-fashioned water coolers filled with fruit, mint or petals

We are loving some of the ideas we have seen from the caterers we work with and Caper and Berry based in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex have been sharing some of their recipes with us for delicious cocktails that will have everyone thoroughly impressed and refreshed

The Elderberry Fizz

A little elderflower, fresh raspberries, mint and champagne


And for the mocktails why not try


Lemongrass, ginger and berry crush

Wonderful and refreshing with ginger ale, fresh lemongrass and berries

Hampshire and West Sussex are in their prime of Asparagus and Watercress season which make fantastic components for summer canapés and dishes and once again Caper and Berry have been impressing us with some of their ideas which have captivated the summer season.

Smoked trout and watercress mousse with vodka tomato salsa

Fresh Asparagus griddled and wrapped in Parma Ham

Why not provide guests with sun cream and after sun in the loo’s ensuring that there are no sore noses and shoulders the next day and for the cherry on the cake we absolutely adore the idea of serving guests ice cream from a vintage style van www.icebaby.co.uk

We hope that this weather is set for the rest of the Summer but please make sure you stay cool!

  • "We should like to thank you most warmly for your help with the arrangements for Saturday. The team who attended on Friday to set up the marquee and the team who attended this morning to take it down were all highly professional in their courteous and careful attention"

    Michael Curzon Lewis

  • "Huge thanks to you and your team for all their hard work. The day went so well. We were so lucky with the weather, the marquee was everything Victoria wanted. Food delicious and band great. Couldn't have asked for more"

    Michael Robinson-Moltke

  • "Once again a massive thank you for everything. The marquee was stunning, all finished to an exceptional level and you couldn't have been more helpful. We would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family"

    Ben Harding

  • "Many thanks the marquee was beautiful and just as we had envisaged"

    Dave McGeorge

  • "Your guys were fantastic, so efficient - an outstanding service, thank you. The party was amazing!"

    Emily Bray

  • "Once again, thank you so much for your excellent service. The efficiency and professionalism of your staff really helped our Wedding day go smoothly and the Marquee looked fantastic"

    Luke Johnson

  • "Our sincere thanks, once again, to you Oli - and all the team - for a thoroughly professional and problem free event. We shall certainly recommend you as and when we hear of another such occasion"

    Nick Duncan

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