Do you ever use your garden for entertaining? Most of us have comfortable reception or living rooms in our homes that are welcoming for guests. Some of us enjoy an open plan kitchen diner specifically for hosting lush dinner parties with friends. But not all of us make the most of our outside spaces. You might not have the best weather all year round. That doesn’t matter. With the right planning and effective design you too can enjoy a backyard party for any occasion.
When you invite guests to your home, you want them to feel relaxed and welcome to stay as long as they want. Your garden can easily become the most relaxing area of your home. The more space you have, the better, but even a petite yard can be converted into a wonderful retreat and entertaining space. What you need is a good flat area for seating. Garden sofas are easy to find at garden and home stores. With reclining functions and padded cushions, you could comfortably sit there all evening.
You might also fancy the idea of a pool or a hot tub to soak away a long day. Outdoor speaker systems and warm lighting like solar-powered fairy lights can all be used safely. Look to hedging, climbers, and trees to provide privacy and a little shelter from a chilly evening breeze. If you have trees in your garden, you’ll need a good tree service to keep them in shape and avoid leaves and twigs falling into the water.
If you’re entertaining outdoors, why not cook and eat outdoors? It’s easier than ever to set up a garden kitchen. A sheltered area with a made-for-purpose roof can be ideal for your gas barbecue or kitchenette. You’ll need a good sized dining set with table and chairs. This is best placed on a flat surface like decking or patio slabs. If you have heated lamps and covering, you could make use of this almost all year round.
Lighting is really important here. Most solar-powered lights will last a good few hours after sun down. Many have sensors, so they only come on when they detect motion. You may need quite a few to light the paths back to the house as well as the dining table. This is why many homeowners choose mains powered lighting to provide enough illumination for the area. Fairy lights can add a little ambiance though.
For The Kids
Family occasions can often leave the kids bored and restless. If you love entertaining, make sure there are plenty of things for the kids to do in the garden too. Make sure pool gates are locked to avoid accidents, though. Trampolines, balls, ride-on toys, basketball hoops, and swingball tennis are good garden toys to have available. Why not invest in a bouncy castle? These can provide hours of fun (even for the grown-ups!) You might need a large lawn area that is flat and free of debris.
Don’t forget, the garden offers fresh air, beautiful views and a fun hobby. Entertaining here gives you the opportunity to share your favorite part of your property. Enjoy