Top 10 Must Haves You’ll Need for Outdoor Entertaining

by Joanna Hazelton on January 15, 2014 · 0 comments

in Alfresco Dining,Garden Furniture,Garden Lifestyle

Looking rather worse for wear, in need of a bit of rejuvenation, a little shabby around the edges….my garden and I have a lot in common at this time of year.

Of course, I did make the obligatory New Year’s resolutions that I am going to stick to this year:

  • start going to the gym (again)
  • no carbohydrates after 6pm (it works for Victoria Beckham…)
  • no alcohol in January (failed)
  • monthly date nights with my husband (optional)
  • to persevere with my New Year’s resolutions…..

And I thought this year why not make some New Year’s resolutions for my garden too. It could do with some cheering up, some TLC, a bit of life.

So it got me thinking – what do I want from my garden this year?

Well, I plan to make this year the year of outdoor entertaining; my garden is finally going to get the attention it deserves by becoming the best nightspot in town.

So I’ve had a think and jotted down what I consider are the top 10 must haves for creating my perfect garden space for entertaining.

Garden Dining Table

With such a lot of choice nowadays, I’ve decided it’s time to do away with our rather worn wooden furniture and go for something a bit more eye-catching.

Durango Firepit Table - sausages or wine? You decide

I have to say I’m rather enamoured with the fabulous choice of mosaic firepit tables that not only look stunning but double up as somewhere to cook your sausages too. Clever. Do-it-yourself cooking. Get your guests to do all the work.

And I’ve discovered if you don’t want to use the central bowl for cooking, you can just fill it with ice to keep all your wine and beer bottles chilled and close to hand. Now I like that idea.

Comfy Dining Chairs

The ultimate in comfort

A must have. Especially with all the long, lazy lunches and even longer, lazier dinners I have planned.

I’ve decided you can’t go wrong with wicker seats for comfort. And there’s always a choice of cushions for that added touch of luxury. Sorted.


Essential for my summer lunches on a sunny afternoon. And as my gorgeous firepit table won’t have a parasol hole, I’ve found the perfect cantilever parasol that I can set to one side to provide plenty of afternoon shade.


Plenty of shade

Of course, I could go one further than a parasol and go for the ultimate shelter on my patio with a wall mounted canopy. I’ve had my eye on one of these for a while as they do look rather stylish with plenty of room underneath for a good gathering of friends and family. Lovely.

Yes, that’s a definite.


What better way to while away a summer’s day than with the smell of burnt meat – or is that just when my husband does a barbecue? Apparently it’s the only way to enjoy alfresco dining.


I won’t have to cut the evenings short because of the cold with one of these to sit around to warm our toes. Marshmallows are optional.

Outdoor Bar

The best bar in town

A little extravagant, granted, but where better to get the entertaining started with a cocktail or two. Funnily enough, this is my husband’s must have for our garden this year too. I think it’s the inner Tom Cruise coming out in him (or do I mean midlife crisis?) – still, as long as he masters a Flaming Volcano without dropping it that’s good enough for me.

Drinks Cooler

My very own outdoor fridge on wheels! Saves wasting valuable drinking time running to the kitchen for more supplies. And perfect tucked away behind the outdoor bar…see, it’s all falling into place.

Candles, Lanterns and Fairy Lights

The all important atmosphere. The finishing touch.

Oh yes, almost forgot, the tenth important thing for creating my garden haven:

My husband to put it all together….

How exciting. I can visualise it now. Friends, food, wine, laughter. My garden is going to be a very happy garden this year.

Make your garden happy too by checking out Jack’s fabulous range of garden furniture, outdoor heating, barbecues, parasols, canopies…you name it, Jack’s got whatever you need to turn your garden into the perfect social haven.

Bring on the summer and let the entertaining begin…

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