The summer is here, and the warmer, brighter weather is encouraging more people to spend time outside. A welcome relief after months of being told to stay indoors, but there is still reason to move with caution, which is why making the most out of your garden if you have one is a must this season. If you love entertaining and plan to have a few BBQs or garden parties this summer, here are some tips on creating the perfect outdoor space for entertaining.
Get a Quality BBQ
Nothing says summertime like the smell of burgers and sausages grilling on the BBQ, but nothing can spoil a summer’s afternoon like food that is burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. This can often happen with BBQs that aren’t of the best quality. Also, you want to make sure your BBQ is big enough for when you are entertaining so enough food can be cooked at once so your guests can eat together, not in shifts. If you’re BBQ could do with an upgrade, this should be one of the first things you do this summer.
Build a Bar
Over the last year, a lot of people found various hobbies to keep them entertained during the lockdown, and some even decided to build a home bar to help them miss the local pubs a little bit less. Not only did they help people mimic their favourite drinking holes when stuck at home, but home bars are brilliant for entertaining guests. Make sure the bar is sheltered, as this means that you can still enjoy a drink in the garden even if the rain does decide to make an appearance. There are many websites you can order from to help you keep your bar stocked, including companies that can sell you kegs so you can have draught beer at home.
Get Comfortable Furniture
If you expect your guests to spend hours dining al fresco and sipping cocktails, then you’ll need to make sure you provide them with comfortable seating. Rattan furniture looks stylish, but it’s also very easy to look after a durable. Wooden and metal furniture also look great, but you’ll need to treat the wood each year to make sure it says looking its best and doesn’t rot. You’ll need to take care of metallic furniture similarly to avoid it rusting. Get a dining table big enough for at least 6 people to sit around, and invest in more laid-back, casual seating such as garden sofas and loungers for when people aren’t eating.
Lighting and Heat
As the summer evenings grow darker, you’ll need to make sure your garden is lit up if you’re planning to stay outside when the stars are out. Having fairy light crisscrossing above your garden or around the perimeter always looks magical and can offer softer lighting to create the right atmosphere. You can also put candle holders outside that have been designed for gardens to make it a bit brighter as well. Chimeneas or fire-pits will help to illuminate your garden as well as keeping your guests warm as the temperature gets cooler, or you could invest in electric or gas heaters if you prefer.
Make sure your garden is the perfect place to entertain guests this summer with these tips.