Folks may question this, saying their backyard is too small. However, this can be lovely area for a small group of friends or family because it is so intimate and it is a great way in bringing everyone together.
People often say that entertaining outdoors is not ideal, especially when living in harsh climatic conditions. However, there are so many products on the market these days. Solar lights and lanterns are affordable. There are portable heaters which are very powerful. These systems also add to the cozy environment. A fire pit is probably the ultimate for the those cold winter months, and it is perfect for the kids. They will enjoy toasting their smores around the fires, while adults will enjoy having a glass of wine together.
You have to decide whether you want this to be more of a relaxing area where you can do the cooking inside or whether you want to have a small barbecue outside. Barbecues often turn into more of a party atmosphere. It can add to more conversation, but it can also separate the genders. However, it is great for the summer time.
There are great features that you can think of to bring everything together and to draw the eye in. There are also certain materials to use which will develop into a particular theme. For example, you may want something more casual and rustic. Using wooden benches, stepping stones and fairy lights will help with a theme like this.
For the more sophisticated look, one may turn to something formal in the way you place certain objects. For example, you may place gravel, along with well designed stepping stones. You may be looking at stainless steel garden furniture, for example. There are also cushions which come in various fabrics and colors and this will add to the formality.
The lighting should be soft. You should be able to see what you are doing. You should be able to see what you are eating. However, when the lights are too bright, it will take away some of the atmosphere that you have created. Fairy lights as well as the flames from a fire pit give off a lot of light. There are also a lot of beautiful lighting features that are available. However, you need to test this out.