With winter nearly behind us, now is the perfect time to think about revamping your outdoor space and make it a haven for entertaining. We’ve put together a few ideas of how to transform your outdoor entertaining area and make it the perfect space to host guests or simply enjoy a relaxing meal with family or friends.
Invest in durable outdoor furniture
No matter what size your outdoor area is, adding some outdoor furniture can turn an ordinary space into a functional and attractive alfresco dining area. Up the comfort factor by investing in an outdoor sofa, adding some plump cushions, side tables and make the most of the warm weather.
If space is an issue, choosing outdoor furniture that folds or stacks when not in use is a great way to save on precious space in a small garden.
Add some warmth outdoors
You can’t beat long, lazy summer days in your garden, but when the sun starts to set and the air cools, it can mean a reluctant retreat indoors. Without some form of warmth, your outdoor area will have limited functionality. Electric heaters are efficient, cost effective and eco-friendly. They come in a range of different options – standing, hanging, tabletop, ground level, and with a range of heating element options.
Just like indoors where you have different heating options available at the flick of a switch, now you can have the same experience in your garden.
Set the mood with outdoor lanterns
By incorporating some outdoor lighting, you can make your alfresco area perfect for evening entertaining as well as during the day. From simple fairy lights strung up around your pergola or patio, to LED or candlelit lanterns, there are many ways to create drama and inject lovely ambience. Soft white lights will give your space a classic, elegant feel; bright colours will create a fun atmosphere.
Create a cosy firepit area
It’s all well and good to design your outdoor space with summer in mind, but what about the cooler evenings in late autumn and early spring? Why not create a cosy nook with a firepit for your family to gather round on those chilly nights and toasting marshmallows?
There is plenty of choice when it comes to firepits – traditional wood-fired or gas powered – each have their merits. Firepits are a great way to spend quality time with the family and enjoy your garden all year round.
Splash out on an outdoor cooker
Eating and entertaining alfresco is now listed as the UK’s number one summer leisure activity. If you really want to make a statement, you could go all out and splurge on a trendy outdoor oven. Depending on your needs, budget and space available, you can choose to include as few or as many facilities as you like.
A traditional wood-fired oven like the Lorenzo is a good pick. It transforms your outdoor eating habits by presenting a marvellous opportunity to grill, smoke and bake a huge variety of succulent food (and pizza, of course!)
For those who take barbecuing a little more seriously, the Kamado multi-function oven is more ‘Futurama’ than ‘Fred Flinstone’ allowing you the option to grill, sear, roast, bake or even smoke a whole host of foods.
Looking for more inspiration?
For 30 years, La Hacienda have been helping people make the most of their outdoor spaces, whatever the weather. Whether you want to chill out in the warmth of a real wood fire, or cook an alfresco feast for family and friends, we can help you transform your outdoor entertaining area.
La Hacienda products are available from a wide range of garden centres, multiple retailers and online stockists.