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8 tips & ideas for eating in the garden

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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A few weeks of summer are yet to come—and of course we want to enjoy them to the fullest! Especially too, when it comes to dining. Whether it’s a spontaneous barbecue in the park, a Sunday breakfast on the balcony or a relaxed picnic in the countryside—if we’re honest, dining al fresco is a strong preference to dining inside. So, today we’re dedicating ourselves to the dinner party in the garden, with a few good tips and pointers. Enjoy! 

Comfortable furniture

Comfortable furniture is the be all and end all when we invite friends for dinner on the garden or on the terrace. On wobbly plastic chairs and hard beer banks, seating is just not as comfortable as on beautiful outdoor furniture with cushions and pillows. For example, like these classy and popular wicker lounges.

The atmosphere

Ambience is also important if we aim to organise a perfect open-air dinner. Children's toys lying around, garbage cans, garden waste etc had better get out of the immediate surroundings of the dining table! With fresh flowers, colourful accessories and lanterns, you can create an instantly inviting and summery atmosphere. 

Rustic charm

A summer dinner, with good friends and in the outdoors, is not a very formal event. And that's a good thing. Make your place as charming and homely as possible with a little rustic decoration, where possible! It works a treat. 


No matter what's on the menu, an appetiser is a must for any dinner party—especially on hot summer days. Nothing beats a sparkling drink to start the evening off with, accompanied by some nibbles.  

Always use protection

Depending on what time of day we organise our dinner, we should ensure that our guests are protected from the elements. Umbrellas, awnings, pergolas and sun sails are a practical helper. For some ideas on this take a look at our ideabook Garden Parasols.

Colourful crockery

Summer time means colour, fun and good humour. The dishes for a dinner party, in the garden or on the balcony, can be so quiet sometimes that a bit of added colour would go a long way. Designer plates with gold rims are generally reserved for dine fining. Instead, why not choose to eat on colourful plates, bowls and glasses? A super fun element for both adults and children alike. 


Like any perfect dinner, the pudding is equally as important as the main! Make sure your guests get what they all really want and make a memorable trifle, Victoria sponge or gateaux. 

Garden lighting

Late evening demands exceptional lighting for you and your guests. These days there are a multitude of cool and alternative lighting options to choose from. At an affordable price, this miniature fire pit, for example, is exactly that!

For more tips on garden lighting, click here.

Otherwise take a look at the modern British garden.

Are you the king (or queen) of garden parties? Let us know your tips in the comments below. 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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