With the approach of spring on our minds, we’re starting to think about getting back out in the garden to entertain our family and friends. You might ask yourself, “Can I have a garden party?” and the answer is definitely yes. Perhaps you’re hosting a bbq, a slow, lingering lunch or delicious dinner; having a beautiful dining area in your garden will truly set the seal on spring. Read on for some garden dinner party ideas.
Party in Your Garden
For a complete ‘party in your garden’ experience think nice, long dinner, followed by interesting, fun conversation. When you’re ready for your laidback alfresco dining experience, have a delve into our garden furniture. All our garden furniture is happy to weather life outside all year round and is relatively maintenance free. Our maintenance-free Casual Corner dining set with table is made for lazy afternoons in the garden and offers the ultimate in relaxed dining experience. The grey coloured deep-filled cushions create a modern, elegant style and are shower-proof with removable washable covers.
How do I Dress my Garden Table?
For more garden dinner party ideas, we all know that the food and drinks are only half the battle when it comes to throwing a good garden dinner party. We eat with our eyes first and food definitely tastes better if it is well prepared and served on good quality plates and a well-dressed table.
A garden table is all about mixing rustic and contemporary styles at the moment. Think about combining rustic-style, enamel tableware, linen napkins and wild flowers in jam jars with more formal elements, such as candle holders, crystal glasses and china cups.
How Can I Use A Bistro Set In My Garden?
A bistro set is a stylish addition as a dining space within a smaller section of your garden, patio or balcony. The wing back armchairs add a bit of luxury and comfort. What could be better than warm coffee and croissant, Parisian style on your bistro set.
With bistro furniture you can dine alfresco or sit outside and enjoy drinks with a friend or loved one. They are compact and don’t overcrowd your small garden, but even if you have a large garden our bistro furniture can still look charming on your patio or decking.
You could dress your table with a group of potted plants to add interest at differing heights. Maybe add some citronella candles or tea lights to the table, not only for atmosphere, but to repel midges and flies. Then, hey presto, you’ve got a relaxing, dining out spot or an after dinner drinks area to spend a summer evening.
Set up a Shaded Area
It is a good garden dinner party idea to create a shaded area at your garden dinner party for your guests who want a shaded spot away from sun or drizzle. A parasol would do the job, however, sail shades are simple and stylish and add a beachy vibe to a garden. An investment in a gazebo offers long-term protection from whatever the English weather has in store for us.
After Dinner Drinks
After you’ve finished your alfresco meal, when the sun is setting, there’s nothing better than to sit back on your garden chaise set for after dinner drinks. Comfy seating is a must in the garden, and the deep-filled stylish grey cushions of a chaise long set is a must have. Glass in hand, and maybe with some fairy lights hanging along a fence, draped over a bush or inside your parasol.
Light up Your Garden
As well as candles and fairy lights, mix and match tea lights and lanterns for a pretty luminous effect. For early spring, an open fire creates warmth and light and always draws people together to keep the cooler evening chills at bay. Toast some marshmallows for an extra bit of fun, especially if you have children at your dinner party.
Inside Outside Ideas for Your Garden
Roll out an outdoor rug to create an outdoor living room feel for the party in your garden. An outdoor rug can be a great place to set up the children with an activity or a picnic while the grown ups enjoy a glass of something sparkly with their dinner. You could even add some cushions, throws or a duvet in the hope that the younger members of the family may fall asleep to give you a little peace and quiet.
Set up an Outside Fridge
Find a galvanised steel trough and fill with ice cubes to keep your beers, wines and soft drinks cool without having to keep going inside to the fridge. Not only does this make your drink accessible, it saves your kitchen floor from dirty footprints. Cocktails are always fun: look at these recipes for the best ever classic cocktails.
Garden Furniture at Lees Furnishers
Our garden is an extension of our living space with many of us now using our garden, patio or decking area all year round. Garden furniture should be comfortable, good-looking and made for relaxing and socialising with friends.
Our garden furniture needs to be tough, durable and weather resistant. Even though our collections are suitable for all weathers and designed to live outdoors all year round, furniture that’s brought inside over winter will always need less in the way of maintenance to keep it looking good.
So, whether you want to create an understated BBQ bash, a fun-filled afternoon with all the family, a picture-perfect dinner party or an elegant feast, our garden furniture at Lees Furnishers will help you make an impression at your garden dinner party.