Entertaining in your garden is something most of us love doing the whole year-round. From hosting birthday parties for the kids to socialising with friends over drinks, the garden is a wonderful place to relax and catch up.

Are you searching for a few simple yet effective ways to turn your garden into a social hotspot? You’ve come to the right place. Our style guide will give you all the tips and tricks you need to make entertaining outdoors a breeze.

Create your social area

Firstly, you need a dedicated space for hosting. Patios featuring cosy wicker sofas, footstools and hanging egg chairs deliver an intimate and comfortable place to host your friends. Or in the winter, why not spruce up your garden sheds and repurpose them as the perfect place to socialise? All you need is a few pieces of furniture, fairy lights and a small table to create a sheltered, sociable environment.

Light it up

Nobody wants to sit outside in the dark. So, to create the perfect social hotspot, consider investing in decent outdoor lighting. There’s a huge variety available, from hanging candles and retro lamps to LED suspension lights and atmospheric lanterns. Make sure these are spread evenly around your social setting, and perhaps consider hanging multi-coloured fairy lights along your fence or garden wall as a finishing touch.

Make it a staycation

Since holidaying at home is so popular right now, how about bringing the vibe to your garden to help turn it into the perfect social hotspot? A tipi or pop-up tent look ultra-stylish and are easy to put up. Then all you have to do is simply throw in plenty of plump cushions and snug blankets to create the ideal place to enjoy with friends and family. Having a barbecue on the go, offering hot chocolate in flasks, and making a fire to toast marshmallows (if you can do this safely) are ideal for this kind of social gathering, too.

Take cover!

Good weather can’t always be guaranteed, but you don’t want a bad weather report to ruin your social plans. Make sure you’re prepared for breezy days and rainy evenings by offering your guests plenty of shelter. Retractable awnings and simply large parasols that cover the whole table and seated area will suffice when the rain starts falling. You could also invest in an outdoor heater or a fire pit to make sure everyone stays toasty well into the night.

Fun parties

Do you like to host your children’s birthday parties outside? Your garden could be the perfect place! Start by creating a separate area for the kids and adults to make it easier for you to entertain and look after all guests. For example, you could offer a drinks station with canapés under the gazebo in one section for the grown-ups, while another could be home to a crafts table and play area for the little ones. Make sure there are plenty of toys to keep all kids entertained and you could even set up a ‘planting fun zone’ where they can get grubby planting seeds.

Good luck turning your garden into the social hotspot of the year!