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Autumnal Garden Games

It’s no secret that I love everything about Autumn. The weather has cooled off, the ground is covered in beautiful golden leaves but still it’s not quiiite cold enough to dig out the wooly hats and winter coats just yet. It’s my absolute favourite time of year to spend plenty of family time in the great outdoors. Just because the Summer is over it definitely doesn’t mean I’m ready to say goodbye to the days spent frolicking in the garden any time soon!

Our Sunday was spent playing croquet in the in laws garden before enjoying an amazing roast dinner at the pub down the road. It was such a lovely relaxed day and the perfect way to welcome Autumn. Nothing makes my heart happier than simple days spent with my loved ones.

We were recently sent the most gorgeous Croquet Set and not only is it absolutely beautifully made, I know it’s going to bring us so much family fun all year round over many years to come. My husband says he fondly remembers spending hours playing croquet at his grandparents as a child and I so hope that we can recreate those memories for Bella too as it really is such a fun game for all the family to join in with. I personally had never played before but the game itself is actually super simple once you know how to play and although I was absolutely terrible at it, it was still so much fun and somehow I managed to win, I think it’s safe to say that we all sucked equally 😉

Bella loved getting stuck in, insisting on using an adult sized mallet that was bigger than her and chasing her ball through the hoops. I don’t think she quite understood the rules as there was a lot of hand balling going down by a certain almost three year old… The dogs also thought they would get involved by laying in front of the hoops we were trying to hit the ball through!

Josh set everything up fairly quickly although he did have to do a bit of googling to make sure he laid it all out correctly as the instructions weren’t very clear but I have since realised that you can download more detailed ones from the website which we will probably do for future use. The Croquet Set has been made to such a high standard and feels really solid and robust to handle. It’s definitely an investment but totally worth it as I think it’s a game that will last for a very long time. Everything you need comes in a spacious zip up carry bag with a long shoulder strap which is perfect for keeping everything together as well as making it super easy to transport. Overall we have been super impressed and I think by this time next year, we’ll be complete Croquet pros 😉

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Have you ever played croquet before? What’s your favourite garden games? I’d love to know!

Harriet
XO

*Big Game Hunters very kindly sent us a Longworth Croquet Set in exchange for an honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are of course our own*

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28 Comments

  1. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    September 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    This looks fab! I love traditional games like this, especially ones that you can use again and again. #triedtested

  2. The London Mum

    September 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I love croquet! And that’s such a beautiful set you were gifted. Something you can enjoy for years to come!

  3. Yvonne

    September 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I get super serious about some croquet

  4. Stephanie

    September 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I’m with you, I love everything about Autumn. You have a beautiful family and I just love how you spend time together playing croquet.. All time fav, you’ve inspired me to get a set for the kids

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Definitely get a set if you can! Such a fun game for Kids! xo

  5. Mary barham

    September 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Croquet!!got to get this!! Love seeing your little one play

  6. Vikki Holness

    September 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Autumn is my favourite time of year as well and we’ve still been out in the garden enjoying garden games! I know this post is about the croquet set which looks great by the way and definitely something i would buy….but can we just stop to appreciate the cuteness of Bella in that tutu? Adorbs! xx

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Ahhh so glad you guys are still out in the garden too! Ohhh the tutu is just too cute isn’t it!? xxx

  7. emma amoscato

    September 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    That looks like a beautifully made set that will last for a lifetime.

  8. Beth

    September 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    We had a croquet set that every family gathering/cookout we’d break it out. That thing was OLD. Keep at it, it gets more fun as the years go on. Also, those ballerina flats are super cute!

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Ahh that sounds lovely! I would to do something similar with our new set! Thank you, I am OBSESSED with those shoes. I wear them alllll the time! 😉 xx

  9. Emma T

    September 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    That looks like a really nice set. We love croquet although our set’s a bit of a cheapy one. We used to play lots as kids. #triedtested

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

      I was super impressed with the set and how well made it was! xo

  10. Lauren Belle du Brighton

    September 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Looks like you all had fun! Gorgeous photos! I’m so useless at games like this, doesn’t stop me trying though! Yay to your blogs fb page too!

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Lauren. Oh I was sooo useless, but it was still lots of fun anyway! Ahh thanks, have you shouted about your lovely blog yet?! 😉 xx

  11. Ickle Pickle

    September 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I do love Autumn too – I have never played croquet before, it looks lots of fun. Kaz x

  12. Emma @sophieellaandme

    September 29, 2016 at 7:54 am

    This looks like a fab set, I think Sophie would love to play croquet! I love Bella’s tutu, how cute! X

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Yes I am sure Sophie would love it too! XO

  13. Janine Dolan

    September 29, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Never played croquet before. Must be an English game. I haven’t seen people playing it in Ireland before. We don’t really play any games in the garden but my all time favourite is boule.

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Ohh maybe it is an English thing, i’m not sure! xo

  14. Chloe Ciliberto

    September 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I love garden games!!!! Croquet is so much fun. I love your little ones tutu so much! x

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 10:58 am

      It was a lot of fun, even if I did suck at it! Haha, thank you it was from H&M! xo

  15. This Mama Life

    September 29, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Croquet! How fun! I love a traditional game. I bet I’d be pretty rubbish though haha. This set looks great – nice and colourful 🙂 x

    1. Harriet

      September 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Oh Sarah, I was SO rubbish at it! XO

  16. Colette

    October 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    That looks like great fun!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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