Everything you need for outdoor entertaining
Summer is all about making the most of the warm weather. And with lots of sporting and cultural events this summer, there's many reasons to get your friends and family together for fun in the great outdoors. So whether it's your own garden, local park or the beach make sure you're ready to entertain.
If you're looking to update your garden, then garden furniture is essential. A garden set is great if you have limited funds and want ease and convenience. However, if you're looking to invest in your garden, then it's worth spending a little more money on your furniture. The Napoli range is stylish and perfect for any English garden, big or small, and it's FSC-certified.
If like me you only have a small outside area to work with, then a
2-seater balcony set won't take up too much room and it can be stored out of the way when it's not needed. And while you may not be throwing large parties all summer long, it's always nice to have some extra seating at the ready for those impromptu get-togethers.
When planning ahead, it's hard to know what the weather will do, so it's great to have a summer house, or a garden pod if you're after more of a permanent feature for your garden space. Accessorised with seating and flowers, one of these will make a big impact and will be lovely to relax in with a glass of wine, book or just good company.
If you love firing up the barbecue at every opportunity, I can recommend a John Lewis barbecue which is one of our bestsellers. I must say I'm not known for my barbecue skills and have burnt many a burger in my time, so this summer, I'll be going for a portable barbecue that's simple to use and small enough to go wherever the sunshine takes me!
When planning a barbecue, it's a good idea to prepare your food the night before so it can marinate, and ask your friends to bring a dish - you can never have too much food! We have a range of tasty sauces and oils for the finishing touch. As the evening turns a bit cooler, keep warm with a firepit or chimenea to enjoy every last drop of the day.
If you're planning evening entertainment, then light up your garden or patio with colourful line lights and solar stake lights. And if you really want to liven up your garden seating, than this cube garden chair is just the ticket - it's quite the conversational piece! However if subdued lighting is more your thing, then create a tranquil atmosphere with large lanterns or candles.
Reminisce over your favourite getaways and create a holiday vibe. For a Mediterranean-style haven, choose our Al Fresco tableware that's great for tapas, salads and dips. Or treat your guests to tasty summer cocktails, Club Tropicana style, with fun accessories,colourful cocktail glasses and flashing placemats to jazz up your drinks.
And if you want to go further afield and enjoy a picnic, with a hamper you'll have everything you need to enjoy it. Enjoy a traditional English afternoon with Pimms and a game of croquet, or if you're heading out with younger children, organise a sports day and make medals to hand out to the winner.
Fingers crossed for a great summer!