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Garden Bar Ideas

Are you looking for a way to revive your garden before Summer? We’re guessing that your garden has been neglected this season- after all, it’s still chilly and we know you weren’t sitting outside in December! But as the sun starts to shine and the evenings get lighter, sitting outside becomes appealing once again and it’s so important that your garden is ready and feels like a space that the whole family can enjoy. Utilising this space became particularly evident during lockdown, so you may already own some helpful bits of garden furniture that will help set up your space. However, times are changing once again and it’s most likely that you’ve not sat outside in your garden in recent months and instead made the most of being able to sit inside together.

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What has recently become popular in the past few years and has stuck since lockdown is a garden bar! They’re a brilliant way of making the most out of your space that has been wasted and neglected. As well as improving your space, they add so much character to the garden and it’s a way of making the garden your own. Want to set one up, but you don’t have a clue where to start? We’re here to help! Here’s a guide on how to create your very own fun and fabulous venue thanks to our garden bar exterior and interior ideas.

What has recently become popular in the past few years and has stuck since lockdown is a garden bar! They’re a brilliant way of making the most out of your space that has been wasted and neglected. As well as improving your space, they add so much character to the garden and it’s a way of making the garden your own. Want to set one up, but you don’t have a clue where to start? We’re here to help! Here’s a guide on how to create your very own fun and fabulous venue thanks to our garden bar exterior and interior ideas.

The Essentials

The foundations of your garden bar is the outdoor furniture you select depending on the vibe you’re going for and is the element of the bar that’s worth investing in for longevity and durability. Garden rattan bars are incredibly popular due to the rustic, beachy vibe it creates whereas a wooden bar for the garden hones on ideas like it’s a secret spot within the forest. This is why it’s crucial to consider the materials of the garden furniture you purchase, as it usually dictates the theme of your bar. A lot of people revamp their garden sheds into a bar as they are usually unused and take up room when they could become something that’s used every weekend! It’s a clever way of having a starting point for your space and the aesthetic that you’re going for. Corner garden bars also work really well and utilise the space you have in the most efficient way; it’s a fun way of making it a feature of the garden as well as being able to have a bigger bar without using up too much room!

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The staples to include for your set up are a garden bar table and stools (whether your only table is the bar, or you have separate seating as well is up to you and depends on how many guests you intend to include). Stools for your garden bar should be steady and durable depending if they’re sitting on grass or decking – some form of flooring will save your grass. Garden furniture has become a classic staple to feature and what would your guests love more than a comfy sofa to sit back and relax in, cocktail in hand. The sofa seating area can be treated as a “time out” of sorts from the bustle around the bar and they look incredibly chic in your garden. This creates the perfect opportunity to bring cushions outdoors, so you have an ultra-cosy corner to your bar too! For garden cushions we recommend big cotton or linen cushions- they’ll survive a spillage and not pick up dirt as quickly as fur or velvet cushions would. We love outdoor furniture sets that come with a trunk for your garden cushions so they can be kept in good condition and keeps your space nice and tidy. To keep you all cosy once the sun sets on a summer eve, a chiminea makes for a wonderful addition that you can all gather round to stay toasty. They’re an investment staple that means you can enjoy being seated outdoors all year round and not have to rush inside after a summer eve BBQ if the chill picks up.

The staples to include for your set up are a garden bar table and stools (whether your only table is the bar, or you have separate seating as well is up to you and depends on how many guests you intend to include). Stools for your garden bar should be steady and durable depending if they’re sitting on grass or decking – some form of flooring will save your grass. Garden furniture has become a classic staple to feature and what would your guests love more than a comfy sofa to sit back and relax in, cocktail in hand. The sofa seating area can be treated as a “time out” of sorts from the bustle around the bar and they look incredibly chic in your garden. This creates the perfect opportunity to bring cushions outdoors, so you have an ultra-cosy corner to your bar too! For garden cushions we recommend big cotton or linen cushions- they’ll survive a spillage and not pick up dirt as quickly as fur or velvet cushions would. We love outdoor furniture sets that come with a trunk for your garden cushions so they can be kept in good condition and keeps your space nice and tidy. To keep you all cosy once the sun sets on a summer eve, a chiminea makes for a wonderful addition that you can all gather round to stay toasty. They’re an investment staple that means you can enjoy being seated outdoors all year round and not have to rush inside after a summer eve BBQ if the chill picks up.

Party Time

One of the most popular reasons people have gravitated towards an outdoor garden bar in the past few years is that you then essentially have a venue in your back garden! You can save on renting out a room at a pub or bar and instead, have your nearest and dearest round to your garden where a bar awaits with cocktails, music and a seat that’s guaranteed. If you want to make it into a fancy occasion and not have to fuss, you could hire some servers and bartenders to help out for the evening. What you save on the venue cost could go towards staff, drinks, food and even a DJ if that’s your vibe! If your bar is on grass not decking, we recommend suggesting flat footwear for your guests. Some form of flooring whether it’s decking or temporary can then act as a dancefloor to turn your garden bar into an at-home night club which will prove very popular- especially amongst the young adults in your household. Essentially, a garden bar is the starting point for so many fun ideas and opportunities to make your outdoor space the hottest venue in town.

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Make It Pretty

You’ve created the foundations for your garden bar, the space is plotted out and the furniture has been arranged just how you want it. Now it’s time to dress it up and give it some character! Firstly, the most obvious way to do this is by naming your bar and then making a sign for it. This is a bit of fun and helps it create some status amongst your family and friends which will most likely become an inside joke. You should have an idea for the aesthetic you’re going for and this will help you add decorations that are the finishing touches to your bar. Pictures of the family are always a lovely touch, as well as leaving room for pictures of the memories you make at the bar.

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Stools for your garden bar should be steady and durable depending if they’re sitting on grass or decking – some form of flooring will save your grass. Garden furniture has become a classic staple to feature and what would your guests love more than a comfy sofa to sit back and relax in, cocktail in hand. The sofa seating area can be treated as a “time out” of sorts from the bustle around the bar and they look incredibly chic in your garden. This creates the perfect opportunity to bring cushions outdoors, so you have an ultra-cosy corner to your bar too! For garden cushions we recommend big cotton or linen cushions- they’ll survive a spillage and not pick up dirt as quickly as fur or velvet cushions would. We love outdoor furniture sets that come with a trunk for your garden cushions so they can be kept in good condition and keeps your space nice and tidy. To keep you all cosy once the sun sets on a summer eve, a chiminea makes for a wonderful addition that you can all gather round to stay toasty. They’re an investment staple that means you can enjoy being seated outdoors all year round and not have to rush inside after a summer eve BBQ if the chill picks up.

Stools for your garden bar should be steady and durable depending if they’re sitting on grass or decking – some form of flooring will save your grass. Garden furniture has become a classic staple to feature and what would your guests love more than a comfy sofa to sit back and relax in, cocktail in hand. The sofa seating area can be treated as a “time out” of sorts from the bustle around the bar and they look incredibly chic in your garden. This creates the perfect opportunity to bring cushions outdoors, so you have an ultra-cosy corner to your bar too! For garden cushions we recommend big cotton or linen cushions- they’ll survive a spillage and not pick up dirt as quickly as fur or velvet cushions would. We love outdoor furniture sets that come with a trunk for your garden cushions so they can be kept in good condition and keeps your space nice and tidy. To keep you all cosy once the sun sets on a summer eve, a chiminea makes for a wonderful addition that you can all gather round to stay toasty. They’re an investment staple that means you can enjoy being seated outdoors all year round and not have to rush inside after a summer eve BBQ if the chill picks up.

Light It Up

The most scenic way to literally light up your space is with garden lights! Fairy lights always set the scene and will create a lovely, soft lit-within-glow in the garden that will cast flattering shadows and match the atmosphere of your evening. For lights you won’t get tired of, we recommend warm white lights to really melt your garden into a welcoming ambience that your guests won’t ever want to leave. Whether you hang on them trees or fencing, or the bar itself (make sure it’s not a fire hazard and the lights are suitable for outdoor use), this will bring your garden to life. Coloured lights can be super fun for a particular occasion, such as LED style rainbow lights will set a party vibe for the bar but it’s most likely you’ll want to save those for special times and not overuse them! For more garden light ideas, we think a glitzy disco ball hung in the bar is perfect for allowing light to scatter and really setting the tone for party time. Hanging lanterns are easily available in different shapes and colours which will make your garden bar feel enchanted and idyllic to the eye which we know you’ll love! Candles if used safely can also add to the atmosphere for a more romantic, intimate setting for when you’re outside till the early hours and really go that extra mile if you’re eating outside too.

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Fine Dining

Another important aspect to consider is that you’ll need garden dining sets for the ultimate sophisticated look. Keeping it coordinated will make your bar feel real for your guests, as well as showing that you’ve thought about every little detail. Outdoor dining sets are also the perfect opportunity to really hammer home your theme- whether you pick jazzy and colourful for your dinnerware or muted and soft, it’s fun to keep it coordinated. If matching sets aren’t your thing and you’re going after rustic and personal, having every item be different is a fun way to make your bar feel family friendly and add some character. (And then if one glass smashes, you don’t have to worry about its replacement not matching when none of them matched in the first place anyway!) Just like how some households love having unique coffee mugs that relate to places where they’ve visited, gifts and jokes- why not do that with cocktail glasses? The funkier the better because they make for excellent ice breakers and conversation starters.

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Now is the perfect time to get thinking about setting up a garden bar, as it’ll be just in time for Summer so you can make the most of your garden this year. Whatever vibe you choose, it’s a lovely alternative knowing that you’ll always have a seat in your bar and your favourite drink is available- there’s nothing worse than being told they’ve run out of your drink of choice! With garden furniture you’ll use year in, and year out, why not make your outdoor space into something fun that the whole family can enjoy and will make your house, the place to be this season.

Now is the perfect time to get thinking about setting up a garden bar, as it’ll be just in time for Summer so you can make the most of your garden this year. Whatever vibe you choose, it’s a lovely alternative knowing that you’ll always have a seat in your bar and your favourite drink is available- there’s nothing worse than being told they’ve run out of your drink of choice! With garden furniture you’ll use year in, and year out, why not make your outdoor space into something fun that the whole family can enjoy and will make your house, the place to be this season.

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