Outdoor entertaining ideas for safe socialising

With lockdown rules easing (in the UK at least), you may well be looking for ideas to safely spend time with your loved ones. Outdoor entertaining ideas can be a brilliant way to reconnect after too many months spent apart.

From hosting afternoon tea to enjoying a socially-distanced wine tasting, we share some fun outdoor entertaining ideas to share with loved ones.

Under current UK government rules in England, you may meet outside – including in private gardens – in groups of up to six, or as two households, while observing social distancing rules.

Discover some of our favourite outdoor entertaining ideas

Enjoy a picnic

Just because we’re having to meet outside doesn’t mean you can’t host a fabulous dinner party.

If you have the space, host a picnic with friends in your garden. Bring wraps and blankets for chilly evenings, and encourage guests to bring along a selection of dishes that they can enjoy. Short on garden space? Enjoy in a local park instead.

Picnics are super easy to add themes to as well. From afternoon tea to birthdays and baby showers, the sky is the limit. Plus, as we head into the warmer months, discover how to keep pesky bugs at bay with our top tips here.

Try wine tasting

There’s nothing like enjoying a glass of wine with friends on a long, fine evening. What’s more, you can even enjoy a wine tasting at home.

There are a number of DIY wine tasting kits that send samples of wine, along with videos that you can view – perfect if you’ve got a laptop that you can all easily have sight of. The Liz Earle Wellbeing Wine Box is the ideal way to dive into the world of organic wine and try new flavours. What’s more, you’ll receive access to an exclusive pre-recorded wine tasting evening with Liz.

If your plans are last-minute, it can be just as much fun to buy a few bottles of wine from the supermarket and have your own discussion about each. Which ones do you like? What flavours can you pick up? Add some individually wrapped cheeses for the ultimate cheese and wine night.

Host a movie night

Got an old projector gathering dust in the garage? Now is its time to shine.

Hang up a sheet in the garden and host an outdoor movie night for your loved ones. Each of your guests can enjoy snuggling up in a blanket with a box of their own popcorn for a night at the flicks with friends.

Get painting

Hours of fun can be found with an easel and paint brush. Ask your friends to come over with their sketchbooks for a drawing challenge.

Choose a selection of objects from your garden that you can all draw. It’s the ideal way to enjoy a catch-up while letting your creative juices flow. Make it fun by trying challenges against the clock, or keep it leisurely by going at your own pace.

Learn a new sport

If you’re limited on outdoor space at home, now is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at something new. With outdoor sport opening up, it’s the ideal time to try your hand at tennis, badminton, golf or maybe even horse riding.

Arrange to meet with a friend and enjoy a much-needed catch-up, all while getting your daily dose of exercise.

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