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Create a cosy outdoor entertaining space

Enjoy your garden from sunrise to sunset.

The Argos Home Jucar 5-seater corner sofa set in blue with cushions and throws on it.

Chill in the air? Don't care

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 on those darker nights and cooler evenings. We'll show you how…

1. Set the scene with the right patio furniture

From socialising to foody feasts

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.

The Argos Home mini corner sofa set. The cushion-top table has hidden storage.

Choose multifunctional furniture

Get the most out of your garden furniture with one of our great multifunctional sets. This versatile mini corner sofa can be placed outside or in the conservatory. It has a cushion-top table that doubles as a footrest. Lift its lid to reveal hidden storage space with a waterproof bag inside; perfect for stowing away your blankets and books. This clever set can also be positioned left or right - whichever suits your space best.

The Argos Home Global yellow outdoor rug in front of a garden sofa set.

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. Floor cushions are also great for creating a really relaxed, picnic-esq vibe. They look great indoors too as lounge-about beanbags.

Top patio picks

2. Let there be light (and heat)

Outdoor lighting.

Set the mood with ambient lighting

Enhance those dusky evenings with a mix of outdoor 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.  Just connect to the Philips Hue app and control how bright, and even what colour your mood lighting is set to.

Garden heating.

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?

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3. 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 (hopefully) 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!

The Argos Home Deluxe 3 burner outdoor kitchen gas BBQ in a garden.

Turn on the grill to draw a crowd

Enjoy the succulent flavours of sizzling sausages and mouth-watering burgers. BBQs are the ultimate crowd-pleasers. If the sun is shining, there really is nothing better for dinner.

Habitat beach bar gazebo with two stools in a garden setting.

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?

The Argos Home woven picnic rug in a garden with food and drink laid out on it.

Stay-at-home picnic

Who doesn't love a picnic? You don't need to venture too far. Your garden makes the perfect picnic spot. Lay a spread of sandwiches and sweet treats then enjoy a lazy afternoon of lounging.

4. Add a final flourish

Cushions and throws.

Make it cosy 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.

Garden decorations and plants.

Give your garden a bit of personality

You wouldn't leave your lounge bare would you? Wall hangings, quirky lighting, potted plants - a few of these dotted around your outdoor space will add interest.

Garden storage.

Squeeze in some secret storage

Keep your outdoor party 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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