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How to entertain outdoors

Enjoy your garden from sunrise to sunset.

A grey garden furniture set on a patio.

Let's face it, the Great British weather doesn't always lend itself to entertaining al fresco. But with some forward thinking you can create a space that you can still enjoy whatever the weather. We'll show you how…

Bring on the food and drink

We're all longing for those sunny days and warmer evenings. It's never too early to start thinking about how you'll entertain family and guests in your garden this summer. What's more of a draw than flavoursome food and chilled beverages? Come on, let's fill up those bellies!

Food cooking on a BBQ grill.

Get your grill on

Enjoy the succulent flavours of sizzling sausages and mouth-watering burgers. BBQs are the ultimate crowd-pleasers. Find the best BBQ for your outdoor gathering, and get some helpful advice and top tips on getting your grilling setup just right.

A Tiki-themed garden bar.

Raise the bar

Bring the bar to your back garden. Take a look at our home bar ideas for more inspiration. This stylish Tiki bar will transport you off to warmer climes! Don't forget to stock up on glasses, an ice bucket and maybe even a cocktail shaker?

A grey picnic blanket.

Stay-at-home picnic

Who doesn't love a picnic? You don't need to venture too far. Your garden makes the perfect picnic spot. Lay a spread of sandwiches and sweet treats then enjoy a lazy afternoon of lounging.

Make the most of garden gatherings

Please follow government guidelines for where you live when planning to meet up with other households.

A family around a garden table.

Host a garden get-together

Enjoy family time again with a summertime gathering.

Six children celebrating.

Throw a kids birthday party

Outdoor toys and decs to celebrate with friends.

A pregnant woman opening a present.

Have an outdoor baby shower

Do something a little different to treat mum-to-be.

Set the mood with ambient lighting

Colourful lightbulb fairy lights hanging from a tree.

Enhance dusky evenings with a mix of lighting

String lights over the patio area adds a warm glow, or try wrapping them around tree trunks to make a feature of your foliage. If you want to light the way for guests, lanterns look lovely at night - or try lights that 'plant' into the ground either side of the path.

A smart Philips garden lantern.

Make your lighting smart

Really show off to guests with outdoor lighting you can control from your phone. With this lantern, simply connect to the Philips Hue app and control how bright it is, and even what colour your mood lighting is set to.

Top outdoor lighting

Chill in the air? Don't care

A metal fire pit with burning logs.

Keep it cosy (and marshmallows toasty)

Patio heaters are great for pumping out warmth, but if you're after more of a talking point choose a fire pit or chimenea. Some are even set up to let you toast marshmallows - s'mores anyone?
 

Add a final flourish

A ladder planter on a patio.

Let your garden grow

Add a little charm and character with some pots and planters - a few of these dotted around your outdoor space will add a beautiful pop of colour.

A yellow floor cushion on an outdoor rug.

Cosy up with cushions and throws

Adding squishy cushions to your outdoor furniture instantly makes it more welcoming. Have a few blankets on standby too in case it gets a bit nippy.

: A towel hanging out of a storage box.

Squeeze in some secret storage

Keep your outdoor essentials sheltered when not in use. If a big shed would cramp your space (and your style) opt for smaller units, or furniture with secret storage.

Set the scene with the right patio furniture

From socialising to foody feasts

From socialising to foody feasts

Deciding how you'll use your outdoor space will help you find the perfect patio set. Sofa styles are perfect for lounging, and creating a snug space for nibbles and drinks.

But if you enjoy BBQs and buffets in summer, then opt for a table and chairs set. Short on space? Don't despair! These petite picks are made for you.

A Habitat floor cushion.

Choose multifunctional pieces

Get the most out of your garden furniture with one of our great multifunctional sets. Floor cushions can be extra seating for guests or a comfy footrest.

A yellow outdoor rug on a patio.

Casual cushions and relaxed rugs

Make your garden feel cosy and inviting by decorating with cushions and an outdoor rug. As well as giving comfort underfoot, a rug helps to define your seating area.

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