Home interiors and gardening

Outside Is The New Indoors: Making More Of Your Garden

We have all just had a crazy year, and because of that it has meant that many of us have stayed at home and isolated away from loved ones, friends and family. However, with the easing of the restrictions in many cases, socialising is now an option once again. Socialising outside, in gardens at home can be an easy way to spend time with family and friends while still remaining safe. So how can you make the most of your garden? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started. 

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Make the space a usable area

One of the first things to do would be to look at making more of your garden space. This means that you could spruce things up a little. Whether it is replacing fence panels to make the garden private, where getting in touch with a local fencing company could help, to adding flowers to flower beds and mowing the lawn. Even cleaning the patio and decked areas. Making it a nicer space to spend some time. If you haven’t spent much on the garden recently, then looking at a new decke area or patio could be the perfect place for entertaining.  

Get the BBQ out

One of the easiest ways to cook and entertain outside is using the BBQ. Getting different meats or adding different vegetables to the grill can be a lot of fun and you can add a lot of flavour to them. This can be achieved either through marinades or through the smokiness of the char of the BBQ. Whether it is summer or winter cooking outside can always be an easy option to entertain guests and enjoy some comfort food. If you have a shelter over the cooking area it doesn’t even matter what the weather is like. Add a patio heater and you are good to go. 

What about some sweet treats

Maybe you want to consider a little more of a low key entertaining theme and that doesn’t necessarily mean cooking up a full meal, but you could offer some cool and icy treats to go along with some drinks for summer evening. Ice cream and other things like homemade popsicles could also be refreshing. You could use fruit and vegetable juice to make some wonderful flavour combinations. Or even if it is winter you could offer up warm hot chocolates or mulled wine in the festive period. 

Get the drinks flowing

Finally, you might just want to keep the drinks flowing, after all, we all want to feel refreshed and to have a great opportunity to catch up after all these months. It could be something a little more unique like a signature cocktail that you have created. There are some great inspiring recipes on websites like pinterest.com for some ideas. You could also invest in some funky new glassware that is safe for use outside to make sure there are no nasty accidents while you are all having fun.  

Let’s hope that this has given you some ideas to help you entertain in the garden. 

 

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