Summer in the UK is ideal for making the most of your outdoor area. From BBQs and parties to kids games and sports, there’s nothing like getting out and enjoying the sun in your very own garden.
When it comes to entertaining, a garden provides that extra space ideal for drinks with friends and al fresco dining. To really make the most of your space, here’s our guide to creating a garden entertaining space for summer.
1. Start with the foundations
By foundations, we mean the patio, deck or grassed area where you plan to entertain. If you don’t already have a set patio area, consider where your garden gets the most sun so you can really make the most of the warm evenings.
Then consider the type of surface you’d like. Landscaped patios or decked areas are best for housing dining sets and provide a sturdy base for entertaining.
2. Decide on some furniture
If you’re planning to host dinner parties and BBQs, then an outdoor dining set with plenty of seating would be ideal. There are lots of styles available now to suit all garden sizes and styles from more traditional dining sets to modern corner sofas.
If you’re partial to a bit of DIY, you could also get creative and look at upcycling. Wooden pallets are ideal for this and you can often source them cheaply on the likes of Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. The pallets can be transformed into outdoor seating, benches and storage. For added inspiration, head to Pinterest.
3. Add some heat
Whilst summer nights are warm in the UK, once the sun sets, the temperature can drop quite a lot. To extend your evenings, outdoor heading is a great solution. You could make a feature with a stylish fire pit or keep things simple with a garden heater.
Chimineas are also a great way to add heat and they look great too! Just be mindful that wood-burning heaters often omit a lot of smoke to begin with. To avoid large plumes, it’s best to add a small amount of wood to begin with whilst you build up heat. Alternatively, opt for a gas fire pit or heater to avoid smoke completely.
4. Add shade
Whilst the sun is great, it can be overbearing, particularly over lunchtime. To ensure you can still enjoy the space, consider adding a form of shelter to ensure you can have a break from the heat. Awnings, shade sails and parasols all work well and can be easily put down when they’re not needed.
If you’d prefer a more permanent fixture, gazebos can be a good option. They also provide a little shelter from light showers.
The fun part! This is where your entertaining space can really come into its own. Begin with the more practical accessories such as lights. Getting them positioned first for optimum light during the night is best. Fixed solar powered lights work well when placed around an area, also helping you to create a ‘zone’ for your entertaining space. Fairy lights add a touch of charm and help to brighten up higher areas.
Then, think of the overall vibe you’re looking to create. Potted plants and flowers add colour along with outdoor rugs, cushions and throws. Blankets and throws are also ideal to have around to ward off that evening chill.
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