Garden furniture and accessories you need for your next party

From getting together around the fire pit to suave soirees and al fresco afternoons, up your garden party game by investing in super chic garden furniture and some outdoor cooking kit.

The best garden furniture sets

Who says sofas are just for the living room? Treat your garden as an extension of the house by snapping up some fancy furniture to keep things comfortable.

Outdoor armchairs and corner-shaped or modular couches are cleverly designed to withstand all weather - perfect for the Great British Summer. And many garden tables are adjustable, meaning you can transform them from coffee to dining table in moments.

Surround your outdoor seating area with some trellis, set a sweet-smelling climber off to romp over it, then string up some fairy lights and lanterns and dig out your scatter cushions for all the dreamy garden party feels.

Lounge sets for sun-bathing

In our eyes, there’s nothing better than soaking up the sun from a luxury lounger. With adjustable backs, they’re ideal for afternoon snoozes under a paperback. Add a side table and you’re all set for cocktail hour on the decking, too.

Whether you go for a traditional wooden steamer chair or lightweight aluminium lounger, thanks to some well-considered, modern designs, you can simply fold your recliners flat and pack them away when the sun goes in.

Bistro furniture for two

Perfect for small lawns, city gardens, balconies and roof terraces, bistro sets usually consist of two chairs and a small table where a couple can enjoy a laid back cuppa or a quiet meal.

Small but versatile, these sets suit so many scenarios, from a catch-up with a friend to a romantic date night under the stars. Just add a pot plant or a vase of cut flowers as a table decoration and you’re good to go.

Fire up the BBQ

What is it about outdoor cooking? Somehow, food tastes even more delicious when you’re eating it in the garden, straight off the grill.

Whether you’re in the mood for smoked fish, roasted vegetables, a joint of meat or timed-honoured burgers and sausages, get yourself an all-singing, all-dancing BBQ and your friends will be queuing up to come dine with you.

Should I get a fire pit?

No matter the season, a fire pit is a fab addition to gardens big or small. They’re great for summer shindigs and the perfect way to make the most of your garden and stay cosy in colder weather.

From Bonfire Night to Halloween, spring birthdays to summer festivities, the flickering flames will light up soirees and add warmth to seasonal get-togethers on the patio. These babies kick out heat and, with the addition of a grill, are also perfect for extending the barbecue season…or just toasting a few marshmallows.

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