Ideas for Entertaining in Your Garden This Winter
There is something magical about sitting out under the stars wrapped up with a cosy heater, good friends and some nibbles and drinks. We do it all the time when we go out to restaurants, but it is easy to replicate at home too.
Create your own useable winter garden, perfect for entertaining even on the coolest of nights, with the tips and ideas below.
#1. Under Cover
Invest is an awning or a good gazebo to keep the rain off. If your budget doesn’t stretch to this, look at getting a piece of durable, waterproof fabric and hanging it from trees or from a pole or wall to cover an area to sit under.
Once you have this in place, it will encourage you to spend more time outdoors no matter what the weather.
#2. Turn Up the Heat
As the weather turns cooler we often ignore the garden as a space to enjoy. But with the addition of a patio heater the space can be cosy enough to use even on the coolest night of the year.
Calor offer some great options with both tabletop and free standing units available.
Be sure to tell your guests that you plan on entertaining outdoors so they can be prepared with warm clothing and sensible shoes!
#3. Let There Be Light
From simple solar powered lights to lanterns and more elaborate lighting options, you can make your garden space feel and look beautiful, whatever your budget.
Installing garden lighting means you are more likely to use your outdoor space for longer during both the summer and the winter months, but can also be used strategically, such as around plant borders and other areas of the garden to make it more enticing to venture out.
White lights looks best during the dreary winter months and are lovely to look at from indoors too, however a combination of lighting options will really brighten your garden. Try winding solar-powered lights around trees, sheds or summer houses, placing low level lighting around borders, or creating a canopy of lights by using battery or plug in lights above your patio or hanging from a gazebo roof.
Large lanterns with a candle safely placed around an area in the garden or patio are also beautiful. Whatever you decide, lights will create a cosy, ambient setting for your outdoor gatherings.