British summertime is temperamental to say the least. The occasional grey skies and rain showers are to be expected, yet you can’t deny that there are few things lovelier than an English garden on a sunny day. All of that water makes our flowerbeds bloom, and the milder climes keep our grass green and our plants thriving.
So how can you make the most of it? With a touch of alfresco dining, of course. When the evenings are balmy and the air is sweet-smelling and warm, here are a few fantastic tips to help you experience British summertime at its very best…
#1: Make sure that there’s seating for all
Entertaining friends and family at home is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and whether you wish to do it indoors or out, you need to make sure there’s a seat for everyone. Luckily, our stunning collection of garden furniture has plenty of outdoor friendly options for you to choose from. Whether you prefer the chic styling of our Tuscany five-piece cube set, the elegant vintage aesthetic of our Winchester round dining table and chairs, or the pared-back simplicity of our Soul six seat option, we can help you to elevate alfresco hosting from picnics in the garden to the perfect summertime dining experience.
#2: Keep the party going all night long
Even the balmiest British night can have a bit of a nip in the air, but this is no reason to take the party inside as darkness draws in. All you need to extend your ability to entertain is one of our gas patio heaters. Beautifully crafted from the finest available rattan, it will set your evening alight with the soft flicker of a real flame, lending a warm and welcoming glow to the proceedings whilst looking stunningly lovely in the process.
#3: Cater for every eventuality
Any outdoor entertaining will be at the mercy of the intemperate British weather, which is why you should prepare for every eventuality with our Maze Rattan banana parasol. Lovely in form and functional too, it will shade you from the sunlight on the hottest days of the year, and keep you dry and comfortable underneath it if ever a passing shower should threaten to ruin the proceedings.
#4: Make sure that there is storage space
If you’re thinking of living it large this summer and making the most of the warmer weather, we also suggest combining practicality with style by investing in the ultimate outdoor accessory: our gorgeous garden storage box. The perfect place to keep your cushions and other dining essentials when they’re not in use, it means you can always be prepared for an impromptu evening of entertaining.
Make sure that you have the best summer ever this year: invest in some of our fantastic furnishings and get ready for alfresco dining to become a feature of your warmer weather calendar.
See the latest additions to our exclusive Alan Ward collection. Stylish corner sofas, sofas and chairs available in both leather and fabric options. Available now in our Shrewsbury store - coming soon online.
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Curious about LA-Z-BOY? No need, we have just launched our fantastic, brand new gallery in our Shrewsbury store! Sit back, relax and unwind plus you recieve an extra 10% off in our Summer Sale!
We like to reward our customers in any way we can, which is why we try to bring you the best offers around. To thank you for the business you gift us with, we’ve dropped our prices as low as we can for our summer sale, with lots of great deals on beds, garden furniture, flooring, dining, homeware, and more.