Top tips for entertaining from Garden Living
Garden Living – www.garden-living.co.uk – is designed to make sure you find the very best products for your garden or patio; the suppliers are all members of LOFA (Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association) so you know you are buying the very best. The website is split into sections by product – for example, furniture, parasols, barbecues, lighting and heating.
Here, we look at tips for entertaining outdoors – once you have shopped for everything you need!
- Seating – whether having a few friends round for drinks or hosting an alfresco dinner party, seating is essential. Be sure to have enough seating options; folding chairs, benches, beanbags and stools make useful additions to your permanent table and chairs.
- Dining – a gathering is not a gathering without a few nibbles at the very least. Whether wood, wicker or metal in compact or large sets, the right dining furniture enables you to bring the dinner party outside.
- Cooking – your dining area has been brought outdoors, so bring your kitchen outdoors too. From portable barbecues, fire pits and pizza ovens to full designer outdoor kitchens incorporating the latest wood-burning ovens and temperature controlled wine fridges, there’s something to suit all budgets.
- Atmosphere – you’ve spent time choosing the right mix of guests and decided what food and drinks to serve so make sure your outside space is dressed to impress. The right outdoor lighting will keep the party going long after the sun has gone. When entertaining in outdoor spaces in the colder seasons, it’s worth investing in a fire pit or chimenea to keep your guests warm and cosy while, in the sunnier months, parasols are a great way to keep your guests cool.