While some people prefer their outdoor space to simply be for growing plants and vegetables, for others, having a garden for entertaining is the number one priority. If you have people over on a regular basis, you want to make it an environment in which people feel comfortable and relaxed. Well, in this article we are going to be taking a closer look at a few of the things that you can do to make it a haven of entertainment.
Surfaces and Seating
Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up. First of all, many homeowners choose an area of decking or patio to give them the solid platform to build from. If you have yet to build this, consider the location. You will ideally want to choose a place that gets maximum sunlight and offers adequate shelter from the wind. Next, you will want to choose the seating. If you go for an all-weather variety, this prevents you from constantly having to put them away and bring them back out again.
Shelter from the Sun
You will know only too well how strong the sun can get in the heat of summer, So, you will want to provide your guests with some level of protection from the harsher rays. You could either invest in some parasols or some bigger shades. Check out this article about improving the lifespan – maintaining your shades if you are choosing the second option. And we have already mentioned the problem of wind, so you may need some sort of windshields too.
Sometimes, you want the party atmosphere to keep going into the evening and nighttime, so you will need to make certain steps to achieve this goal. Patio heaters are a good starting point so you keep warm during the cooler months of the year. Also, you don’t want to have to be squinting at each other when the sun goes down, so some outdoor lighting in this area is also a good idea.
Encourage the Party Flow
If you have got a big garden that you can make the most of, it is a nice idea to have the option of spreading out into different areas. Creating a garden ‘nook’ complete with a winding path leading to a hidden bench will definitely be a hit with your guests. Perhaps you could shelter it off with some big plants or trees and finish off the tranquil atmosphere with a water feature of some kind.
Make Life Easy for Yourself when Serving Food
You will probably be planning on serving some food while you are outside, so try to position your barbecue near to the house to reduce the need to go backwards and forwards from the house all night. Make sure you have enough surfaces to serve the food and drinks. And if you really have the budget to spend, you could even install your very own outdoor kitchen.