Celebrate Easter Alfresco This Year!
Spring is finally knocking on winter’s door. The crocuses and daffodils are appearing, there are lambs gambolling in the fields.
And nothing confirms the arrival of Spring quite like Easter.
While Easter celebrations tend to be dominated nowadays by chocolate eggs, the holiday is a great opportunity to gather friends and family together, especially for an Easter Sunday feast.
If you are doing the hosting this year, why not really embrace the coming of Spring and dine alfresco? Here’s a quick guide to everything you’d need to entertain outdoors this Easter.
Outdoor dining set
If you haven’t hosted a meal for a large group outdoors before, you may need to review your garden furniture to make sure everyone has a place to sit. A wooden extending table is a good investment for your garden. Typically seating four to six people without extensions, they make a great option for a family without taking up too much space, while providing the option to expand to accommodate more guests. Make sure you have enough seating to go round with a combined garden table and chair set.
Protection from the elements
With Easter falling early this year, it is only prudent to take precautions from the weather, no matter what the forecast says. A classic round parasol and base will pair with a garden table set to provide cover in the event of any light showers. And who knows, you may get lucky and have to use the parasol for its real intended purpose - providing shade from the sun.
Again, as beautiful a time of year as Spring is, you cannot guarantee warm temperatures in this country, even if the weather is fine. But it would be a shame to let a nippy breeze spoil a chance to get into the fresh air after a long, dark winter. The easy solution is to provide heating outdoors. A Kadai fire pit is a great option, with the smell and crackle of an open fire adding an atmospheric touch to your celebrations. You may even want to get completely in the outdoor spirit by using the Kadai as a BBQ, adding a range of cooking accessories to prepare your meal.
Even though Easter just about falls after the clocks change, giving us that precious extra hour of light in the evenings, you can still expect things to be getting a little gloomy around 7pm. If the weather is fine and everyone is kept nice and toasty with the fire pit glowing, it would be a shame to have to take the party indoors prematurely just because it is getting dark. Maximise the time you can spend outdoors with some outdoor lighting.
For an extra special celebratory touch, string up some festoon lights across your garden. Or to create a softer mood, decorate your garden with lanterns. Lit by t-lights or candles, garden lanterns are available to stand on your lawn, suspend from fixtures or sit on tables.