Tips for Outdoor Entertaining in Cooler Months

March 12, 2021

Some believe that the end of summer also marks the final days of enjoying outdoor barbecues, dinner parties and drinks with friends. For some of us, outdoor living has been a lifeline of sorts, providing some small semblance of normalcy in an increasingly tumultuous world. And it doesn’t need to stop. With some clever tricks and tips and a few stylish additions, you can keep your outdoor space functioning as a vital element of your home almost all year round.

Gigi rectangle black throw pillow black full view

Gigi Rectangle Crochet Pillow in Black


Transform your patio or outdoor space into a true outdoor room that you’ll love relaxing and resetting in by adding some the creature comforts you enjoy indoors like patio rugs, outdoor throws, weatherproof pillows and more. Thicker blankets reserved for outdoor entertaining or camping are a lifesaver on cold evenings, and will keep your guests cosy and warm long after the sun has set. And make sure that you don’t neglect the floor: an outdoor rug is essential as the cold comes straight up from concrete surfaces and moist ground. By adding just a few design elements to your outdoor space, you can comfortably entertain and extend your connection with friends and family through the autumn months and even into winter.



If you have a patio roof or covered area, chances are you’ll be more likely to stay outside when it gets darker earlier and the temperatures begin to fall. You can partition off part of your outdoor room using larger planters sporting impressive shrubs for extra shelter, and add a large cantilever umbrella like our Antigua and Kingston styles for even more protection. Both sport Sunbrella® fabrics too, which means they will stay looking beautiful in even the most inclement weather. This is due to the unique makeup of Sunbrella® fibres, which come saturated with highly UV stable pigments. Traditional dyeing methods only add colour to the fibre’s exterior, but Sunbrella®’s performance characteristics are an integral part of the fabric. This means they are not an applied finish that would wash off over time, and will maintain their signature hue for many years to come.

Cabo Teak Deep Seating with Sunbrella cushions

Cabo Deep Seating Collection


Vital to any outdoor space – rain or shine – is cushioned, deep seating with Sunbrella cushions, furniture that you’ll never want to leave. Uncomfortable outdoor seating is definitely the wrong way to go, and if you’ve ever sat down on a cold chair before you’ll know that it’s most definitely not fun! Consider a setting like our Cabo teak deep seating collection, which comes with the warmth and organic look of Grade-A teak. The architecture of the Cabo Collection is all about luxurious, deep seating, angular lines and large pieces that are sure to make an impact to your space. A top selling sectional, the Cabo Collection is comprised of a Left or Right Arm Daybed, an ample Club Chair, slim lined Coffee Table and Left or Right Corner Chair. The luscious, wide and deep lines of our Cabo Club Chair create the perfect environment to snuggle up with a loved one or fold your legs up and lounge in this generous sized club. Sunbrella® cushions are included with the purchase of all our Deep Seating products as shown on our website. All of our Grade-A Teak Deep Seating cushions are made in New Zealand.

Even Glo Potable Outdoor Heater in black

Even Glo Outdoor Heater in Black


Once you have created your dream outdoor oasis, you will want to use it as often as possible, even on those chilly days or nights. Adding sources of heat and lighting will definitely help keep you and your guests outside when the mercury drops, and you can enjoy your outdoor space all year round. Keep your family and friends comfortable no matter the weather with a concrete fire pit or choose from our high end range of outdoor heaters, heat lamps and patio heat pendants. We offer the prestigious EvenGlo® standing heaters exclusively. Manufactured in Canada, their modern designs blend seamlessly into any space.

If you’re near our furniture showroom, we’d love to host you for a tour of what’s on offer. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces to anywhere, you might be using our astute delivery service.  Design Warehouse has been manufacturing and supplying luxury outdoor furniture to architects, designers, landscapers, hotels, resorts and private residences for over 25 years, so when we say we know what’s best for outdoor style… you can rest assured that we have the knowledge to back it up.

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