How to entertain outdoors
Enjoy your garden from sunrise to sunset.
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!
Make the most of garden gatherings
Please follow government guidelines for where you live when planning to meet up with other households.
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
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
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.