5 Ways to Make your Garden a More Social Space

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Hello darlings! 
Summer is making its way here and I cannot wait to enjoy my garden with family, friends and food.  We are also contemplating the idea of arranging our daughter's first birthday party in our yard. With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my favourite ideas on how to make your garden a more sociable, people-friendly place to hang out.

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Space to Play
When you’re entertaining, it’s important to have enough space to sit and eat or lounge. Decking or patio slabs are the perfect way to dedicate a space to socialising, sunbathing and enjoying the garden. They are available in a variety of different styles too, so whether you’re going for Mediterranean, Moroccan or English Country with your themes, you’re sure to find the right outdoor flooring to suit your garden

The Right Furniture
When it comes to furnishing your outdoor space, there are many options to choose from. Consider how you want to use the space and what kind of furniture would encourage that. For instance, a dining table and a set of chairs will imply a more formal use of the space, whereas a sofa and coffee table affair will be more relaxed. 
Think about whether you’ll be cooking outside, and where you might have space for a permanent barbeque. Create a kitchen area with cooking equipment, raised beds for a herb garden to grab seasoning while cooking or a vegetable garden for the salad.

Keeping Warm
Don’t go in when the sun goes down, instead make your garden comfortable for the night time too. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure you have enough throw blankets for your guests. That way, if they get a bit chilly they can just grab one from the blanket box.


If you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, then you could go for a patio heater, a chimenea or even a fire pit. A fire pit can work really well as it gives you and your guests something t
gather round, and you can even toast marshmallows on it.

Lighting The Garden
As dusk approaches, your garden will begin to get darker. Lighting is important on two counts. One is to make sure that you don’t stray from the decking and hurt yourself, and the other is to create an ambience. Both are crucial for a happy, social space.


Solar lamps are a great way to mark out a path, whereas up-lights embedded into the decking ensures that everyone knows where the end of the patio is. When it comes to creating an ambience, you can be a little bit more creative. From pretty fairy lights to lanterns and candles, there are lots of options to help you create the mood that you want.

Open Up Your Home
To create the feeling that your garden is a natural extension of the house, big, floor to ceiling windows are a must. Having these as sliding or bi-folding doors, like these ones from Express, is even better. Opening your home to your garden means that there’s no divide between inside and out and access between the two is easy.

Sliding or bi-folding doors also save space compared to a regular door, because despite the wide opening, the doors themselves take up very little space. So, instead of having a clunky door intruding into the indoor or outdoor area, you have a seamless entrance leading to the outdoors.


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33 comments

  1. I wish I lived in a house with a garden, to be able to make it pretty and also grow my own vegetables in it. Your ideas are great, I would definitely transform my garden in a cosy place if I had one.

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    1. We have a small one and I try to make the most of it! Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Great post! I live in a high rise apt with an expansive balcony and can incorporate some of these ideas!

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    1. Good for you! Every open space outside is perfect for such endeavors!

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  3. Posts like this make me wish I had my own private garden. We have a shared communal garden and don't really have much say about how it looks

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    1. Aw that's too bad! You would enjoy it much more if you'd be able to work it!

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  4. Great tips! I don't have a garden but a patio in my apartment which I've decorated with few cactus and ornamental plants.

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  5. These are really nice ideas. I would love to hang out in your garden. Lighting the garden is such a great idea.

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  6. Really great ideas, we have a patio heater but I never thought of a fire pit! The next thing I want to look at is an outside kitchen, thanks again for the inspiration!

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    1. Oh yes, great idea cooking outside especially with good weather!

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  7. It's times like these I wish I didn't live in an apartment. I really like that idea for the solar lights though.

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  8. Now that it's spring we've been spending a lot of time working on our garden. I can't wait for the summer months when it's finished and we can sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the evening!

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  9. Love the suggestions. I do like to use candles as lighting in the summer they look so pretty and you can include ones that help repel bugs too which is handy.

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  10. I miss having a garden, because it really is a social space. I like the idea of using blankets when it gets cold so the fun doesn't stop!

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    1. I love my blankets I crochet them myself!

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  11. Houses with gardens are really awesome. Wish to have one someday. Your garden looks really cool and spacious. Thanks for sharing the tips with us. :)

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  12. I feel so unlucky that we don't have a garden and we have a garage and storage for our merchant underneath our house.. If I had a huge green garden I'd throw off BBQ parties every weekend xx
    ♥ xoxo My Life as Foteini / Foteini Karagianni ♥

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  13. I love your tips. I think I might use some of them in my garden and btw your garden looks amazing!!!

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  14. I'm not a homeowner yet, but this made me want to be so bad! I love all the lights and little decorations. I hope to have something like that in my backyard one day.

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    1. I wish you'll get it! It's so worth it!

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  15. I love these fab little tips. I am trying to up our garden this Spring and these tips will be perefct to jazz it up.

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  16. Firepits are a great addition to a garden or yard. These other tips are great too.

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  17. I am having a garden set up this Summer in my patio. I am glad I found this post. Thanks for the tips!

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