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How A Small Garden Bar Could Transform Your Parties

Now that the summer is here our minds begin to wander to amazing ideas on how to improve our outdoor areas, how to make our gardens look and feel better and to those warm evening parties. Think barbecues, bunting, outdoor heaters, garden games, solar lighting but have you ever thought about a small garden bar?

Just imagine how your party would be transformed with this addition…

How Could It Be Implemented?

If your garden has the room for it why not build a small garden cabin to accommodate your small bar? This would be a great place to protect it from the elements, to give you the space to store plenty of beverages as well as creating your very own ‘pub’. 

A Pub You Say?

Yes, just imagine it. A room for your small garden bar as well as room for seating, such as a sofa and bar stools, how about a jukebox, fruit machine or even a pool table? Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Your friends could come to their local and bring their own drinks or chip in to help to keep the bar stocked and you could have a great pub evening in the comfort of your own back garden.

What If Space Is Limited?

If your garden is on the smaller side you could install your bar and use a pergola as a cover above. This could be covered in fabric or in creeping plants to provide protection from the rain and to make your bar feel apart of the garden. 

Bringing The Two Areas Together

As I said above, you will want your small garden bar to intertwine with the garden. You don’t want it sticking out like a sore thumb, the two areas have to work together. By this I mean being mindful of the materials you use, choosing the perfect spot, adding plants and decor that complement what you already have in your garden. Making your garden a part of your home takes time, thought and a bit of flair.

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Theme Ideas

You cannot have a small garden bar without a theme! The first that comes to mind is Hawaiian styling because let’s face it, a summer Luau fits in nicely, doesn’t it? Bright colours, barbecue food, limbo, fun music, lantern torches and plenty of cocktails to bring your friends and family a party to remember. 

Another idea is going for a typical British pub feel with pub benches, large TV, a variety of beers and ales and if your budget allows, maybe even traditional pumps added on?

Or how about a classy cocktail bar? With chalkboard for your extensive menu, tall cocktail glasses, gold, silver and black accessories with a comfortable seating area to relax on.

Lastly, you could opt for a jungle theme. Think jungle drums, jungle juice, vines falling down around the bar area and furniture made from wood and bamboo. 

If Budget Is Tight…

If your budget won’t quite stretch to a cabin or a full bar how about a few of these ideas as alternatives:

  • Homemade bar using pallets
  • A wooden cupboard bar
  • A bar inside a garden bench
  • A converted kitchen workstation
  • Large wooden water butt filled with ice
  • A disused fridge placed inside a wooden frame to provide a homemade ice box
  • Stone barbecue with extra worktop space for your small garden bar

You can come up with some amazingly unique ideas if you start to think outside of the box.

Not only will a small garden bar make your garden far more interesting it will also ‘make’ your parties.

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