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How to entertain outdoors

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A Habitat 5 seater wooden garden sofa set with cushions in a garden.

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

A beautiful home garden with a sofa set and coffee table.

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. And, a modular set is the perfect way to give your garden area a personal touch.

Still looking for more inspiration? Check out our garden furniture guide.

2 garden chairs under a blue gazebo in a garden.

Uninterrupted fun

Don't let the rain stop play. Enjoy your garden all year round with our range of outdoor shelters.

A yellow sun lounger in a garden.

Soak up the sun

They are the perfect place for chatting and catching the rays with your friends.

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!

Barbecue sticks on a BBQ.

Get your grill on

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

A delicious pizza in making in an Argos Home pizza oven.

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.

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. 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. Pack you bags and grab your blankets and baskets. Your garden makes the perfect picnic spot. Lay a spread of sandwiches and sweet treats then enjoy a lazy afternoon of lounging.

Serve in style

Make the most of garden gatherings

Make the most of your special moments. Discover ways to enjoy your garden all day.

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.

Four friends enjoying in a hot tub.

Turn on the jets...

Slip into warm water and enjoy an at-home spa like experience.

A mom and daughter playing on a trampoline.

Let your inner kid out

Let the fun begin. Indulge in some adventurous games with your friends and family.

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

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.

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 Habitat round natural rug placed outdoors next to a wooden chair and side table.

Treat for your feet

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

A Habitat multi wick candle in a small metal lazer cut holder.

An extra glow

Scented candles in glass holders add a delightful charm to your get-together. Place them all around and turn your garden into a magical place.

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.

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