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How to entertain outdoors

From cosy cushions to gorgeous dinnerware, find all you need for some outstanding outdoor hosting.

How to entertain outdoors.

As soon as it's deemed coat-free weather, we're looking for an excuse to get friends and family around for a feast and a few drinks. Here are some ideas to get you in the mood for entertaining al fresco.

When night falls

Don't let a chill in the air put a stop to your al fresco entertaining. Our outdoor lighting and heating ideas let you extend your evenings past twilight.

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Glow in the dark

When it comes to garden lighting, we don't think you can over-do it. Create an inviting glow with a mix of string lights and lanterns - the natural warmth of a few tealights will amplify the effect.

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Keep it cosy

While we have everything crossed for a balmy British summer - it can still get a little chilly once the sun goes down. Keep guests content with fire pits, chimineas and patio heaters.

Set the scene

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Is there room for everyone to sit?

Especially if you're serving food, it's a good idea to plan out where people can grab a seat. If you're investing in a new garden furniture set, consider one that has bench or sofa style seating - they're great for squeezing on one more.

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Casual cushion seating

Outdoor cushions and rugs create a really relaxed vibe.

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Folding furniture

Extra seating that's easy to store when you're finished.

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Nibble tables

Great for groups to gather around and grab a snack.

Guest-impressing decor

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It's a party after all

Whether you display your food and drink on some beautiful tableware, or go the whole hog with colourful garden decorations, you can easily (and inexpensively) create that party feel.

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Add some lighting

They'll add a gorgeous glow to any evening soiree.

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Go faux with plants

An instant garden. No green fingers. We're sold.

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Is there a theme?

Mexican fiesta? No prob-llama. Match your decor.

Food and drink

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Turn on the grill to draw a crowd

Let's be honest, for most of us good grub takes centre stage at a party. Summertime usually = BBQs, with guests queuing up for that succulent flavour.

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Get guests involved with a pizza oven

We love this idea - it's edible entertainment! Let party-goers add their toppings, and cook fresh to order. They'll be ready in minutes.

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Set up an outdoor bar

Take some of the pressure off hosting and let them help themselves to drinks. Gorgeous outdoor glasses and big dispenser or pitcher of punch looks the part.

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Top marks for presentation

Instantly elevate any dish you serve by presenting on beautiful tableware. These are made from oops-proof melamine (but you wouldn't know it).

Keep guests cosy come rain or shine

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