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.

How to entertain outdoors.
Summer is so close that we can almost smell the BBQ. So, why not get ready to make the most of the warm weather, and deck out your garden with all your hosting essentials.

Set the scene

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.

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Guest-impressing decor

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.

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Food and drink

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).

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Keep guests cosy come rain or shine

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