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Outdoor Entertaining Essentials
10 April 2015
Regardless of your outdoor space, be it a luscious garden, spacious patio or just a petite balcony, there’s nothing better than dining al fresco or just relaxing with friends while soaking up some rays during these long balmy evenings.
Carefully selected outdoor lighting can instantly transform your outdoor space into a welcoming and relaxing place to spend your evenings, and allows you to chill outdoors for as long as you desire. At Garden Trading we have a wide range of outdoor lighting available, from traditionally inspired designs to suit country cottages to modern feature lights perfect for the contemporary home. This new St Ives Mast Light looks great for illuminating a patio, whilst this classic Downton Light looks charming situated on some rustic stonework.
For a simple approach to outdoor lighting without any wiring, invest in a few lanterns or votives such as these charmingly simple Cornbury Votives, simply add a few candles and place around your entertaining space and you’re good to go.
Outdoor dining is all about the Great British Barbeque, is there anything better than relaxing in the sun accompanied by the soft aroma of smoke and the sound of gently sizzling sausages, cold beverage in hand? Our new Witterings Barbeque is great for a large gathering and is easily portable for trips to the beach or just to the Utility room for a good cleaning.
For simple dining outdoors this summer, simply pair with some homemade salsas, dressings and olives served in a few re-sealable jars to keep the bugs at bay. We love this set of printed Tapas Jars, but you can also mix and match from our full range of Storage Jars to meet all of your requirements.
Add a fresh crispy salad - a glass Serving Bowl is always a nice touch to let the vibrant greenery show through - and some warm crusty bread, just serve on a sturdy, easy to carry Paddle Board and let people help themselves. For an indulgent touch add a range of cheeses for a finishing touch - this slate Cheeseboard is great for transporting indoors to out with sturdy rope handles and can be used as a serving base for anything you desire.
Finally, make provisions to keep your beverages cold without endless trips back indoors and you’re all set! Our Bibury Planter makes a great drinks cooler with a difference, but if you’re just a pair you can’t go wrong with a classic Ice Bucket.
Comfortable outdoor furniture can make all the difference to your enjoyment, we have a wide range to choose from including small metal Bistro Sets for two to large Teak Tables which seat up to eight, plus benches and deck chairs too. Browse the full range here.
Slap on the sun-cream and enjoy!