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Alfresco entertaining

If you like to entertain alfresco in summer, these outdoor accessories could help make it a more enjoyable experience both for you and your guests.

Alfresco entertaining

June, 2018

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Gazebo

Gazebo

We’ve all been there – the party’s just getting started then the heavens open and everyone has to dash indoors to escape the rain. So no garden party is complete without the shelter of a gazebo. But as anyone who’s ever erected one will know, assembling a gazebo can be a major hassle, especially on a windy day. But the latest generation of inflatable gazebos and shelters makes the task incredibly quick and simple. Just peg it out then inflate with a hand pump. Or if that sounds too much like hard work, invest in an electric pump. And when the party’s over, simply unscrew the bungs and the whole thing will collapse, ready to roll up and bag up.

Patio heaters

Patio heaters

If you plan to let your party guests enjoy the evening outdoors, then you’ve two options to ensure they remain comfortable. Either tell them all to bring their winter coats - because even in the height of summer, temperatures can plunge once the sun’s gone down. Or invest in a patio heater. Gas-fired patio heaters have become a very popular accessory, but they’re not cheap to run, plus they emit huge amounts of CO2. A fire pit or chimenea can add atmosphere, but they’re not very eco-friendly, and the particle emissions can be harmful to our health. So the smart solution could be an infrared heater. Infrared heaters are highly efficient, and a powerful 2kW heaters costs just 30p per hour to run.

Artificial grass

Artificial grass

Everyone loves a summer garden party, but if the weather has been wet, that pristine lawn can quickly turn into a muddy mess - unless you have artificial turf. An artificial lawn makes outdoor entertaining more practical and more convenient. If you’ve got kids, they can play on it all year round whatever the weather. And because it’s maintenance- free, you won’t have to spend valuable leisure time mowing, feeding or watering your lawn. You can just sit back and enjoy a luscious lawn without the back-breaking work.

Prep-ahead BBQ food

Prep-ahead BBQ food

BBQs are great fun for everyone except the cook, who usually ends up spending most of the day hunched over a grill with smoke in their eyes while everyone else tucks into the tasty grub. But there’s a better, smarter way - treat everyone to pre-cooked BBQ dishes, like delicious Cajun pork loin. Take a whole pork loin, roll it in Cajun spices then wrap in silver foil and cook in a low to medium oven for around two hours. When it’s done, let it cool, and if the BBQ is planned for the following day, pop it in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, simply unwrap the pork loin and put it on the BBQ to thoroughly re-heat and add authentic grill marks. Enjoy!

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