Pergola Entertaining

What could be more perfect than sitting in the garden having a great time entertaining family and friends on a warm summers day, with a few drinks, sizzling's chill out time!

These are moments to savour in our busy lives. We look back on them as very happy events; longing for the next fine day, when we can let time pass us by and forget the outside world. Just fantastic!

Pergola Entertaining Ideas

There are many benefits, not least reducing stress, putting things into perspective, time for enjoyment, or just getting out in the fresh air in a comfortable and relaxing environment. It's such a good way to unwind.

And it doesn't have to be a full on event: it can just be a few impromptu nibbles and a glass of wine, or a few beers, with friends, after a long, hard day. I love these times to catch up and have a laugh.

Creating an outdoor living space, or even an outdoor garden room makes these times so much easier to achieve effortlessly.  It's fairly easy to do this, and doesn't need to be hugely expensive. With a little imagination, you can have your outdoor living area up and running very quickly!

Let's have a look at some ideas, and get that party started!

Beautiful metal canopy pergola for entertaining.

Entertaining Made Simple

The good news is not a lot, really: that's the beauty of it!  Let's start off with the simplest first.

A patio or decked area, with some colourful pot plants is probably all you need to make your area attractive and welcoming.

The important thing is to section off the area in some way, so that it has the cosy and intimate feel ideal for entertaining. This could be done with just pots, planters or trellis. Think carefully about where to position your seating area for shade or sun to fit your specific needs.

Here is a combination made from the free raised bed plans, filled with rockery plants, and a couple of posts supporting the trellis panel.  This can be used to simply section off your patio area.  The plants make all the difference, adding a splash of colour and that ever-important height.

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Copyright image: A raised bed planter with trellis:  A simple way to create an attractive patio area.

Adding some height can be a real bonus, because it gives a feeling of enclosure, and can provide a framework on which climbing plants can grow. This can be done with trellis and planters, as above, or with a pergola: either as a DIY pergola or in pergola kit form.

Gazebo are also ideal for outdoor entertaining too.

Here are a few ideas that would provide an ideal solution:

DIY Pergolas

This amazing pergola was built from the free pergola plans, making a fantastic area for outdoor entertaining.

Copyright image: The most amazing modern pergola made from the free pergola plans, with interesting accessories and planting.
Copyright image: An unusual hexagonal pergola, with beautiful radiating rafters, with dining chairs and table.
Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola.  A wonderful extension to the house for entertaining.
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Copyright image: Beautiful pitched roof pergola plans.

These pergolas can be used with attractive trellis panels to make cosy corners and private areas. Plants can be used either to climb over the pergola or planted in pots placed on or around the structure.

Simple, yet superb!

Pergola Kits

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Modern box pergola.
Gorgeous modern wooden pergola pod hideaway outdoor room.

Find other fabulous pergola kits suitable for entertaining.

Gazebo Kits

Gazebos are wonderful for entertaining as they tend to have a solid roof, making them ideal for protection against the sun, shelter from the elements and creating a cosy and intimate feel.  They can be used to great effect in the garden for entertaining and relaxing.

Wooden Gazebos

Metal Gazebos

Lovely curved metal gazebo for outdoor dining.

These beautiful Italianate metal gazebos have become very popular recently and look absolutely gorgeous with a few carefully placed, attractive plants, either in pots or growing through the supports, and look particularly amazing against a beautiful house wall.

Because they are very self-contained, the feeling of intimacy and cosiness is achievable very quickly.  Relatively, they are a very affordable option.

Square gazebo with curtains.

Fabric and Wooden Gazebos

There are so many products available today to make your outdoor living space attractive, welcoming and interesting but, before thinking about these, it is a good idea to make decisions about how all the hard and soft landscaping will fit together.

Landscaping Ideas

Both paving and decking are a good option for a base for outdoor living. Balustrading can also enhance an area

Find Balustrading, Decking and Pergola Combinations here, or see below for more ideas.

With a huge range to choose from, in all different styles, shapes, materials and prices, these are great way to quickly create a fantastic area for outdoor dining, transforming your garden in a very short time.

A chunky box pergola with soft furnishings and lights, a corner pergola made from the DIY pergola plans, and a pergola and deck kit combination provide a wonderful place to relax.

Chunky pergola for entertaining.
Copyright image: A stunning corner pergola design perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Pergola and deck combination.

Add string lights and a beautiful outdoor dining set to make these pergolas extra special.

Pergola with deck.
Wooden gazebo pavilion with deck.
Wooden pergola for outdoor dining with deck.

Paving Kits

Paving can be used instead of decking as a base for your seating area. Find some excellent ideas here: there are lots of pictures in the gallery!

The main advantage of this company is that they are much cheaper than others who supply the same products, and they have great customer service.

Amazing paving ideas for patios.

If you would like to include a pergola, this can be placed on the paving using bolt down post anchors, or fixed in the ground, around the paving, using post anchors or concrete.

A very affordable option is to create a seating area using decorative gravel. It is relatively cheap, and comes in many different different colours and sizes. However, it isn't as easy on chair and table legs, being a non-rigid surface.  A mixture of decorative gravel and paving works well and can be easier on the pocket!

Enjoy Your Garden

Whether you choose to build your outdoor entertaining area very simply, or in a more elaborate style, I hope these ideas have inspired you to see what can be achieved.  Make your garden into an outdoor space that everyone can enjoy! 

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