When the temperature rises, there’s nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends, but there are a few things to bear in mind when preparing your garden for entertaining.
Whether you’re into brunch under the sun, dinner parties al fresco or late-night drinks, creating a stylish and sociable setting with the right garden furniture will help you make the most of your outdoor space and keep guests coming back.
Making your garden as comfortable as your interior is a great way to ensure people will actually want to spend time there. It’s good to have blankets and throws on hand for when that inevitable breeze starts to make itself known. Not only will they serve as a welcome barrier from the cold and help to extend your outdoor stay, they also bring a sense of homeliness, texture and warmth that is often overlooked within garden settings. Add to the effect with an array of plump, decorative cushions – guaranteed to deliver a level of cosiness that rivals your living room.
For sought-after snugness, hanging chairs bring a feeling of tranquillity and relaxation that offsets the bustle of a busy get-together. Guests will love taking the weight off their feet as they suspend in the air, cocooned in comfort and shielded from prying eyes. Place two together and you’ll create a super cosy haven that feels worlds away from the everyday, perfect for private conversations. Be warned, though: you may find this idyllic seat is forever in demand.
As the night draws in – but the fun isn’t over – a fire pit lets everyone stay huddled in warmth without relocating indoors. A great place to gather around, sofa sets with fire pits built in can turn an al fresco event into a magical evening to remember. Scatter candle lanterns around the space or along pathways for a subtle alternative that provides plenty of atmosphere.
No matter how many people you’re entertaining, by investing in a mixture of seating options you’ll be able to create a sociable space for any occasion.
It may sound obvious, but it’s important to choose pieces that you actually want to sit in. Extremely comfortable and conveniently low-maintenance, outdoor fabrics, like those in the Alexandra Garden Sofa Set, give you the luxury of indoor lounging with the durability of garden furniture. Individual chairs and stools provide versatility, with the option to easily move them from place to place when required.
If you envision your garden entertaining activities will revolve around casual affairs and smaller parties, a cosy corner set is the way to go. Working as a central point of interest, it will act as an anchor and help to draw people together.
Al Fresco Dining
Picnics, summers spreads or three-course dinners, there’s no better way to entertain guests than with food. A large garden dining table is ideal for meals and of course, the British BBQ, while corner sets with coffee tables work well with nibbles or laidback buffets. Thanks to their adjustable tops, options with a rising table are marvellously multi-functional – suitable at a low level for casual drinks and snacks, they lift up to a more practical height for sit-down meals.
For effortless style, a garden dining set can create the cohesion and uniformity that’s perfect for hosting dinner parties, and it can easily be matched with other pieces from the same collection. However, if you’re opting for a more relaxed look, then why not pair a stylish table with a bench and individual chairs, instead?
Looking to dedicate an area solely to more intimate socialising and sophisticated soirées? A stylish garden bar set is the perfect choice.
Providing suitable elegance without being too formal, a bar table with coordinating stools is the perfect environment for enjoying a refreshing drink or two. Some garden sets also contain ice buckets, so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing once the fun is flowing. Who needs a beer garden?
And for your greatest party essential: the right atmosphere. Colour is important when it comes to setting the mood for a get-together. Enliven your space with bold coloured accessories and tableware to really give your garden the wow-factor. Add in contemporary greys and blacks for sophisticated vibes, or go for classic neutral rattan, such as the Hathaway 3 Seater Garden Sofa Set to encourage relaxation and tranquillity.
Finally, it’s all in the details. Make sure your garden is dressed to impress with thoughtful style touches, such as statement pots and planters, to really make it your own.
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