Tips to get your Garden Ready for Summer Entertaining

We all love spending more time in the garden during the summer months, an ideal space to hang out with friends, family or even throw a little summer soiree. However you choose to get together, the summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining. Make the most of the summer fun by creating an entertainment area that everybody can enjoy.

Whether your garden is small or spacious, there’s plenty of potential to create the perfect garden entertainment area with a few simple finishing touches. From layout ideas, practical tips and garden furniture essentials, we’ve got you covered.

Spruce up your summer and uplift your outdoor furniture with these handy garden entertainment area ideas.

Provide enough seating

A bistro style outdoor table set, consisting of two chairs and a table with a unique mosaic design

Firstly, having a dedicated space to sit and socialise is key. Whether you’re planning a relaxed evening get-together or a back garden beach party, your guests need a place to perch. There’s nothing worse than being that one person left standing, right?

Whilst your seating doesn’t have to include a large family-sized table, a bistro garden set can instantly set the scene for outdoor entertaining. This Athens Mosaic Bistro Set has a decorative centrepiece that will add a touch of character to any garden entertaining area, as well as a three leg design to ensure no wobbles or drink spillages!

Think about providing extra bits of seating with outdoor chairs, or perhaps spare stools from inside. With a space for everyone to sit, you’ll ensure nobody misses out on the conversation. 

Summer entertaining hint: Think about where to set up your seating and entertainment space, summer is nothing without the sun – so make sure you’re in a spot where the sun can reach you.

Family garden entertainment

Depending on who’s attending your garden get-together, it’s a good idea to make everyone feel as welcome as possible. For a family party, it’s a good idea to make sure the whole family can join in with a combination of adult and children’s garden party chairs. 

The little ones will love this adorable Lady Bird Camping Chair! Its fun design is sure to bring a splash of fun and colour to the garden, helping the younger ones feel special. Plus, with its foldable and easy to move around, you can bring the summer entertainment along wherever you go!

 Provide shade from the sun

A black, pop-up gazebo in a green, sunny garden

Summer is bright and full of life, and there’s no better feeling than soaking up the sun with friends and family. Especially in the UK where, well, let’s just say the sun is more of an acquaintance than a familiar friend… 

But even so, shelter from the sun is always a must when it comes to summer entertainment. Avoid burns or sunstroke with a simple parasol or gazebo. Shade can make all the difference, providing a refreshing spot for party guests or family to catch some of that cool summer breeze.

Plus, a great way to protect from the unpredictable British weather. Because even in the peak of summer entertainment, who knows when it might rain…

Be sunset ready

For summer entertainment that lasts all evening long, it’s best to be prepared for when it gets a little bit chillier. As temperatures drop, a chiminea is a great way to enhance your garden entertainment area with glowing light and warmth. This’ll help your garden party guests stay warm and prevent them from standing around in the cold, plus, save you from having to wash a few blankets.

To keep the summer entertainment going, make sure to protect your garden accessories against the unpredictable British weather. This Chiminea Cover works perfectly to keep your chiminea or other garden equipment safe. It’s even available in different sizes with a storage bag, a sturdy rope cord tightens around the base!

As the sun begins to set, fairy lights can also be a great addition, bringing a touch of magic to your garden entertainment with an enchanting outdoor glow. 

Small garden entertaining ideas

Entertaining in a small garden can be a challenge. But with the right setup, you can still create a bustling garden entertainment area for summer get-togethers.

If your garden isn’t too spare on space, foldable furniture is always handy. A large Folding Trestle Table is super useful for providing guests and family with a place to chat, or perhaps a place to serve buffet or bbq food. 

Versatile and multifunctional, folding tables are perfect for small garden entertainment, neatly tucking away in the garage or shed once your gathering is over.

You might even want to consider splitting your garden into two main areas to feel less confined. Perhaps create a side for food, drinks and snacks, and one side for socialising. This will help define two separate spaces instead of restricting the garden entertainment to just one area.

Outdoor entertaining ideas on a budget

It’s sometimes easy to get lost in the excitement of party planning and spend more than intended… but getting your garden ready for summer entertaining doesn’t have to cost a fortune. 

Our garden range always stays budget-friendly, with everything you need to create the perfect garden entertainment experience without breaking the bank. From budget garden benchesgazebos, buffet tables and more, you’ll find everything you need to plan your garden entertainment the affordable way.

Once you’ve set up the perfect garden entertainment area, stay on budget with DIY outdoor accessories. Try using flowers from your own garden to decorate your table space, or dress things up with indoor items. This is a great way to make use of what you already have and avoid going overboard on spending!

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