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Schools out, and we’re in the midst of enjoying a record-breaking hot summer. Never has the idea of a garden party, BBQ or evening on the patio with family seemed so appealing. However, where outdoor entertaining is supposed to be a joyful and relaxing experience, some of us can be left nervous at the idea of having to make our outdoor space look summer party ready. 

We’ve put together our top five simple tips to take an outdoor space from bleak to chic just in time for peak summer season. 

1. Outdoor Fairy Lights


Outdoor Festoon Lights (Festive Lights) and Solar Powered Moroccan Outdoor Fairy Lights (365 Online Shopping)

No matter the situation, the addition of fairy lights is a sure-fire way to brighten up any space. An outdoor space can look fantastic in the day, but uninspiring in the evening once the summer light fades. The simple addition of fairy lights can make a space look beautiful and enchanting throughout the darker hours.

2. Outdoor Seating


Adriondack Chair (Waitrose Garden) and outdoor lounge seats painted in a variety of colours by Sandtex Rapid Dry Gloss (Sandtex)

It goes without saying, that any outdoor space needs a good seating area for entertaining guests. Either invest in a set of good comfortable chairs that are likely to stand the test of time, and the unpredictable elements of British weather, or spruce up old chairs with a protective exterior paint to create your ideal outdoor seating on a budget.

3. Drink accessories 


Pineapple Beverage Dispenser (Wayfair) and Light Bulb Novelty Drinking Glasses (Amazon)

No summer party is complete without a cocktail, no matter what your beverage of choice. Serving drinks via an on-trend drinks dispenser or with fun accessories is a great way to make an outdoor occasion really feel like a party.

4. BBQ


Forno Grill II (Morsø) and Kettle Barbecue Clas (Ohlson)

There are so many different ways to create the perfect summer barbecue to suit your friends and family, but one thing that is always an essential is having the right BBQ.

5. Soft Furnishings


Nomad footstool (Weaver Green)

If you want guests to enjoy your summer do, then comfort is key. Any soft furnishings such as rugs, cushions, throws or a comfy bean bag style pouffe are sure to be the perfect addition to any exterior space. Make sure to choose versatile pieces that are made to withstand outdoor conditions.

For more design inspiration, request a copy of our 80-page brochure here or browse our blog and page for recent case studies. Alternatively, book a complimentary consultation here in your local Harvey Jones showroom to discuss your kitchen design with our expert designers.

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