With the festive season almost upon us, now is the perfect time to prepare your outdoor space for long hot days and nights spent entertaining family and friends. It is also important to unwind and restore your energy levels at the end of a busy year (and this year perhaps more than ever!), so your ideal outdoor space should also be one in which to relax, recharge and reconnect with nature… and we have just the right tips to get your outdoor spaces ready for summer and the party season ahead.
If you love to entertain, your outdoor space needs to include plenty of seating options to cater for groups of family and friends. Invest in a large table, and if you are hosting large numbers consider bench seats which allows you to squeeze in a few more at the table. If you prefer long, slow dining then comfy dining chairs are a must. Also think about incorporating another zone with casual seating to provide you and your guests with a choice of places to come together and relax.
Rather than simply creating spaces for socialising and entertaining, you may also want a space where you can unwind, relax and spend some downtime. Consider establishing spaces to retreat, by forming relaxing nooks with a comfy chair or floor cushions, where you can kick back for a bit of peace and quiet. A little area set aside is all that is required, so this can easily be achieved if space is limited. If you enjoy sitting in the sun or curled up with a book… look into a sun lounge or hanging egg chair.
Up the ante for your summer celebrations by going that extra creative mile with some outdoor décor items…. whether they are festive or simply to create a pleasurable atmosphere. Add a burst of colour and some summer fun into your outdoor space by using soft furnishings such as cushions and table linen, and décor items. Outdoor cushions are a great way to add a pop of colour and texture to your outdoor space along with an outdoor rug to define zones for relaxation and entertaining.
The easiest way to add ambience to an outdoor celebration is with hanging lights. Hanging fairy lights creates an inviting, warm feeling. Use one long strand to light up your patio area, or why not connect multiple strands through your garden to create a magical ambiance come sundown.