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At Oxley’s, we believe that a great garden complemented by our cast aluminum garden furniture should be enjoyed all-year-round, not just in the summer months. So, we’ve put together a 12-month plan for outdoor entertaining to offer you some inspiration for your next garden party, no matter what time of year it is.
01 JANUARY – Alfresco Coffee Morning
It can be tempting to retreat indoors during the colder months, but a daily dose of fresh air and natural light are proven to boost health and wellbeing. So, beat the post-Christmas blues and take your mid-morning coffee out onto the terrace during catch ups with friends.
02 FEBRUARY – Alpine cheese and wine night
Whilst temperatures remain cool, why not get creative with your outdoor space and host a ski-lodge themed dinner party? From tartiflette, to fondue and raclette, there are so many delicious warming alpine-inspired dishes to choose from. Adding faux-sheep skin rugs and a crackling fire pit to your seating area will add to the theme and keep everyone toasty during the festivities.
03 MARCH – Brunch party
Mornings in March often bring crisp sunshine and fresh breezes, making it the perfect time to swap dinner parties for long, lazy brunches in the garden. Decorate your patio area with blankets and cushions to add warmth and a touch of style to the space. If you need some inspiration for show-stopping brunch dishes, this list from Olive Magazine is a great place to start.
04 APRIL – Cosy supper clubs
With the evenings beginning to grow lighter, spring is the perfect time to host cosy sunset suppers. Add a touch of warmth to your outdoor dining area with soft lamps, candles, and thick blankets for guests to wrap around themselves as the evening grows cooler.
05 MAY – Pizza party
May often sees us welcome the first of the year’s heatwaves. With this warmer weather, inevitably comes of flurry of BBQ invitations. Hosting a pizza party is a great way to mix things up. There are a range of fantastic pizza ovens on the market that will allow you to make delicious, woodfired feasts from the comfort of your garden.
06 JUNE – Cocktail club
What better way to celebrate the longest, warmest evenings of the year than with a tipple on the terrace? Our list of simple, summery cocktails features a range of refreshing recipes to get you inspired. Cheers!
07 JULY – Lawn games
Garden games are a fantastic way to keep family and friends of all ages entertained at summer gatherings. Opting for classic wooden garden games, such as giant chess or croquet, will look elegant in your garden and are more sustainable than the plastic alternatives.
08 AUGUST – Outdoor cinema
Outdoor cinemas are incredibly easy to create and guarantee an evening to remember. All you will need is a projector, speaker, and a plain white sheet. We’d recommend adding a string of fairy lights for extra ambience and a comfortable seating area to relax and enjoy the film.
09 SEPTEMBER – The classic garden party
September is the most popular month for birthdays, so the chances are you will have at least one cause of celebration throughout the month. Make the most of the late-summer warmth and host a classic garden party, complete with bunting, festoon lighting and colourful tableware to create a picture-perfect set up. Opting for cast aluminum garden furniture for your seating will mean there’s no need to put your seating away for the autumn when the fun’s over as it doesn’t wear or rust in the adverse weather conditions.
10 OCTOBER – Halloween fun for the family
Spooky season is the perfect time to get outside and have some fun with the whole family. Adding ghoulish games and some atmospheric pumpkins can instantly transform a patio area into a Halloween-lovers’ paradise. Light up the fire pit for warmth and stick some sausages on the BBQ for a simple feast to feed a crowd.
11 NOVEMBER – Bonfire night celebration
Avoid packed public firework displays and instead host a cosy at-home bonfire night party for your closest friends. All you will need is a pack of at-home fireworks, some sparklers and plenty of mulled wine to keep you warm throughout the evening.
12 DECEMBER – Fireworks and fizz
If you have any fireworks left from bonfire night, the New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to use them. Offer your guests blankets to snuggle under whilst they watch the display and take your glass of midnight sparkle out into the garden to bring in the new year with a bang!
For more advice on making the most of your outdoor space throughout the seasons, read our round up of the best products to help you enjoy your garden all year round.