MARKS & Spencer Home has launched a collection of furnishings, tableware and accessories to ensure the simple pleasures of summer are enjoyed to the full.

It's about turning the indoors out and enhancing the outdoor experience by extending the comfort and style of the interior into the realm of the garden.

Whether it's dining on the patio, gardening, cooking outdoors or just having a drink in the sun, Marks & Spencer has everything you need.

As we become more at ease with the concept of al fresco living, increasingly we want our outdoor entertaining to be just as stylish as any gathering we might host indoors.

Banish paper cups and thermos flasks in favour of the real thing — casually chic glassware (Blue Swirl hiball tumbler, Fiorissimo wine glasses,); bright, informal table linens (blue check napkins and blue check tablecloth, white cotton napkins); and charming yet practical tableware (Maxim white crockery).

To make outdoor entertaining elegant, Marks & Spencer has everything required for stylish barbecues — including a stainless steel barbecue set and utensils.

Serve it all on chic teak garden furniture (set including parasol set, table and six chairs, £2,500) and the quintessential summer party is complete.