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…
Set the scene with the right patio furniture
From socialising to foody feasts
Deciding how you'll use your outdoor space will help you find the perfect patio set.
Still looking for more inspiration? Check out our garden furniture guide.
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!
Pizza lovers hub
Up your food game by adding pizzas to the menu. Pizza ovens let you make the perfect authentic pizzas. Play 'make your own' or surprise your friends and family with interesting toppings, the choice is yours.
Serve in style
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Set the mood with ambient lighting
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.
Make your lighting smart
Lighting can really make a difference to your party. Set the mood of your garden with just a tap on the phone. Simply connect to the smart lighting app, and control the brightness and even what colour your mood lighting is set to.
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Chill in the air? Don't care
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
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.
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.