Well, spring is upon us, and that means summer is fast approaching. It’s time for long BBQs, al fresco dining and evening garden parties.
The right outdoor space will feel inviting for guests and have the functionality needed for entertaining – but don’t worry if your garden is more party pooper than entertainment central – we’ve got you covered.
This post is about creating the perfect space to entertain friends and family. Let’s dive in.
What does your garden say about you?
Nobody wants to relax in an overgrown garden, but a boring patio can also be horrible. First impressions are everything, and your guests will notice if your garden has no personality.
To add some life to your outdoor space, you should consider your personal style and how to inject it into the design. Some people love a traditional British garden, while others prefer the clean lines and minimalism of contemporary design.
Let’s not forget that bohemian aesthetics and Moroccan themes are popular and can create a unique entertaining space.
Use your space wisely
Once you’ve decided on the aesthetic of your outdoor space, it’s time to make sure it functions properly for entertaining.
If you have more than one patio area, consider how to use each section effectively. For example, one could be the main dining area and the other as a chill-out zone with seating options.
Having a children’s area is also beneficial because you can protect your plants and still allow socialising. Of course, this is all easier in a larger garden, but you can do plenty of things with a small garden – especially if you maximise the available space.
Focus on lighting
Lighting is essential to outdoor entertaining – especially if you’re planning on hosting evening gatherings. Your guests want to be able to enjoy your garden in the evening, and you need lights that are as attractive as they are practical.
If you have ample space, consider LED lighting strips or statement lanterns to create a beautiful atmosphere. Fairy lights can be more effective for smaller spaces and add a magical feel.
You might have household items that can double as lighting options. For example, old mason jars can be ideal as lanterns, and even cups can be perfect solutions that save money and promote recycling.
Create a dining area
Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need a designated dining area for your guests. A simple table and chairs will be fine, or you could zone your outdoor space and use folding tables and chairs as and when needed.
Make sure there is enough room around the table for people to move – including chairs and umbrellas if you plan on using them. Gardens are meant to be relaxed and informal, so you don’t need to worry too much about having a formal dining area; comfort is more important.
Dress up your patio
Some people prefer not to have lawns as they require maintenance and can take up more space. Any patio area can come to life with some investment and planning.
All you need to do is plant some colourful flowers in pots, add a few outdoor rugs and cushions to make the space more inviting and hang decorations like bunting or fairy lights.
To make the space more vibrant, you can also paint some areas, such as fencing or plant pots.
Repurpose an old shed into a bar
If you want to create something special for your outdoor space, think about turning an old shed into a bar. You can use crates or other items for a makeshift bar if you don’t have an old shed.
It could be the perfect way to add some personality and style to your garden, and you’ll be able to keep your guests happy by serving their favourite drinks all evening.
Add some greenery
Adding some greenery to your outdoor space is also essential, and you can use plants to divide the area into sections. It looks great in a larger garden and is also an effective way to bring colour and life to smaller gardens.
If you plan on entertaining regularly or having a party, create a timetable for watering plants. You don’t want guests to arrive and find wilted shrubs everywhere!
Choosing the right plants for your outdoor space isn’t easy – especially when you have to factor in the position of your garden and soil health – but it is possible.
Investing in professional landscaping services ensures you can make the most of your space and choose the right plants that will look fantastic and suit your maintenance limitations.
Set a party mood
If you want to have a great time, ensuring plenty of fun activities is important. Music is fine, but you can add colourful cushions and blankets to make a chill-out space.
Lawn games are fantastic ideas, such as rounders, cricket and croquet.
Being limited on space doesn’t mean you can’t play any games because skittles and Jenga will offer hours of fun too. Just get creative and think about what your guests will enjoy.
Invest in a fire pit
Who says the party has to end when it gets darker and the temperature cools? You’ve already got the lighting sorted – all you need now is a fire pit. Investing in a fire pit is an excellent way to add some atmosphere to your garden.
People can sit around it during the summer evenings, but it will also make your garden a year-round entertaining space. You can use it to make s’mores and hot chocolate, host bonfire night parties and everything in between.
The bottom line
Hopefully, the tips in this post will ensure you can create a welcoming garden space that will entertain family and friends. Once you complete the work, you can sit back, relax and look forward to your home becoming a social hub.
If you need any help with your garden design, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team of landscape designers. We look forward to hearing from you.