When the sun comes out, it’s the perfect chance to get everyone together and fire up the grill! Summer might still be a way off, but there’s no doubt the weather is milder than it was even just a few weeks ago- and some places have been lucky enough to have been hit by a heatwave already. If you love entertaining, chances are you’ll already be planning upcoming events. Here are a few things to consider if a spring barbecue is on the cards.
Get Your Garden Up To Scratch
First things first, you’ll need the space to look presentable to host guests! Winter is hard on the garden, you might need to patch your lawn and cut back any dead or overgrown plants. Pull up any weeds that have no doubt sprouted up in the last couple of weeks, and refill your beds and pots with some pretty flowering plants from your local garden center. You could jet wash your patio down or sweep and re-stain any decking. Generally just give everywhere a good clean and tidy, if it’s the first time you’ve entertained in the garden this year it’s probably not at its best.
Choose a Good Barbecue
You could undertake a project and build a brick barbecue in your garden, this is handy if you entertain and lot and want it to stand the test of time. You can buy the grill and charcoal pans separately to finish it off. You could go with a large gas barbecue, or just a simple, inexpensive charcoal ‘kettle’ style if you only need something small. Disposable barbecues are another option but aren’t ideal for entertaining crowds of people, as they don’t stay lit long and are pretty tiny. So may be best to keep those for camping trips!
Create a Nice Seating Area
Somewhere for your guests to sit is essential. You could buy a large outdoor table and chair set, and add a couple of temporary chairs if you need extra seats. You could buy a couple of picnic benches, or even an outdoor sofa set. If you have a lot of guests, you could create a separate area for children out on the lawn, a big picnic blanket with some outdoor cushions to sit on would work well. To stay shaded from the sun (or any light drizzle!) a retractable awning over the seating area could be a good investment. That way you can sit in the sun or create shade if you need it.
Think of Heat and Lighting
A heat source in the garden is always useful. Even on summer nights it can get chilly in the evening, but in seasons like spring and fall, it’s a particularly useful thing to have. If the sun goes in or the party last through to the evening, you can light a fire to keep everyone warm. You can buy outdoor fireplaces or go with something like a firepit or chiminea. For extra coziness, you could even have a number of blankets that you keep especially for using outside. Lighting is also important to consider. The light fades quickly in the spring, although good lighting in the garden is useful all year around anyway.