Easier outdoor entertaining
Simple outdoor entertaining ideas for less stress, more socialising
With this in mind, we want to make sure you spend as much time as you can enjoying the summer and as little time planning as possible. So, swap your stress for smiles and ditch the hassle in favour of some good old-fashioned fun in the sun. Here are our top 9 tips for easier outdoor entertaining…
1.Trays, trollies and caddies
A simple way to turn your garden into an outdoor entertaining area is by using trays, trollies and caddies! If you’re not sure where or how to arrange all the drinks and nibbles for everybody, these handy pieces of furniture are your best friends, especially for a small garden party. They instantly make everything look organised and everyone will love serendipitously tucking in to all the tempting treats on offer. Try turning a serving trolley into a cocktail station, with glasses and garnishes on the top tray and bottles underneath.
2.Re-vamp your garden into the ultimate picnic spot
Decorate your garden with picnic blankets and baskets to create the ultimate picnic! This way you don’t need to buy new furniture or worry too much about the food you need to prepare. Ask your guests to bring one essential picnic item each, this will certainly make things easier for you as the host but will also make for a unique evening of outdoor entertaining.
3.Set up a DIY outdoor fridge
A great way to keep cans and bottled drinks cold without having to run to the fridge every five minutes is to fill a bucket with cold water and ice then pop them all in for people to help themselves to. Mix up the options for people to choose, and you could even have one bucket for alcoholic drinks and one for soft drinks. One of the most important garden entertainment ideas to make things easier for you, is to have a pretty tea towel or two handy for any spills or splashes!
4.Create a focal point in your garden
A great way to get folks all together is by creating a focal point in your outdoor space. An example of this is using a firepit for everyone to gather around. You could also include activities like roasting marshmallows, a sure-fire way to get your guests chatting amongst themselves. This will certainly ease the pressure of hosting your alfresco party!
5.Design a cosy garden corner with soft furnishings
When it comes to outdoor entertaining, your guests need to feel comfortable. Create plenty of cosy corners and spaces that are perfect for long lingering lunches by opting for comfortable garden furniture your guests will want to sit in all afternoon long. You can never have too many cushions, and thick, fluffy blankets are ideal for if the clouds start to come in (it is the UK after all!).
6.Use garden storage to section off your garden
Do you have the odd storage bench or plant stand placed in your garden? Why not use them to section off areas of your garden to create a beautiful space? By moving plant stands behind garden sofas or turning a storage bench into a comfortable seat with cushions and blankets, you will turn your garden into a beautiful haven perfect for socialising.
7.Create ambience with solar lighting
Outdoor lighting is the perfect way to add a whole lot of atmosphere to your garden, but you don’t have to worry about tangling wires and finding the nearest plug socket. Solar lights are the easiest way to light your outdoor space with minimal effort, and they can make quite an impact too. Line flower beds and walkways with lanterns or globe lights and hang festoon lights between trees and pergolas for that enchanting festival look.
8.Keep alfresco food fresh
9.Sharing is caring
Big platters of food for everybody to share are the best way to go when it comes to feeding your hungry guests. Don’t worry about putting each individual thing into its own bowl – make it like a mezze and mingle vegetables with cheeses, put breads alongside meat and a few good dollops of dip in between. Remember, it’s much better to have too much than too little. That way, everybody is well fed and you get leftovers to enjoy the next day.
With our top tips for easier outdoor entertaining and our favourite garden décor ideas, you will want to host a garden party every weekend this summer. Find more unique yet simple ways to decorate your garden here.