More people are choosing to entertain at home, and during the warmer months, it makes sense to make the most of any outdoor space you may have. Whatever size your garden, here are some ideas for how to transform your outdoor space for entertaining.
Create a People-Friendly Space
Regardless of the size of your garden, if you want to entertain, you need to optimize the space you have to accommodate people. Ideally, you will need a flat area for people to walk, stand, and sit on which will not be affected by weather or foot-traffic. For this reason, grass is not ideal – instead, consider decking or a patio. Deck builders such as Outdoor Living Inc provide and fit a wide range of decking to suit most requirements, or you may decide a stone patio is best for your space.
Provide Food & Drink
Entertainment often revolves around eating and drinking, so factor this into your garden by providing a barbeque. There are many options on the market, from standalone grills to having one built into your outdoor space. If you have the space, an outside bar makes a stunning centerpiece and is bound to be the talking point of any party. You could also consider planting fresh herbs for guests to use on their food or in their drinks.
Obviously, your sparkling conversation will be the main entertainment, but if you have the space and the funds, you could consider other forms of entertainment. A hot tub or a pool is the height of luxury entertainment for the garden, but if you are setting your sights a little lower, a fire pit is a great feature for the garden, and allows the entertainment to continue into the evening once the temperature has cooled.
Don’t forget the music! If you aren’t able to set up an outdoor sound system, ensure your Wi-Fi reaches the garden, or invest in a Bluetooth speaker so that you can play your favorite tunes in the garden.
If you are entertaining, you will need somewhere for your guests to sit, so garden furniture is a must. Comfortable seating should be at the top of the list, with many options available, from chairs and benches, to hammocks and beanbags! A table is also important as a place for people to gather, especially if you are providing food and drink. If you live in a hot area, remember to also provide shade for your guests to keep them comfortable.
Make your outdoor space look inviting by adding your own personal touch to it. Choose low maintenance plants and flowers, and accessorize the area with blankets, candles, and garden crockery. Don’t forget lighting if you plan on spending evenings outside – choose feature lighting such as fairy lights for a magical feeling.
You don’t need lots of space or money to create an entertainment space, just a little imagination. Think about the space you have and what you want to achieve from it to find the perfect solution.