Could your deck area work a little harder and become the inviting space where everyone wants to be for a garden get together this summer? We think the answer’s yes. The quickest way to create a sociable garden that’s does the trick for alfresco drinks is to follow our favorite garden bar ideas and set up a comfortable seating area around a firepit. Add a cover such as a pergola and you can even use it on days when the weather isn’t so great. 

If you feel a project coming on it could be time to try a transformative paint makeover, generally do-able in an afternoon. Then move on to styling things up, which is the best part. Whether it’s introducing a fun element such as a garden bar with high stools for alfresco cocktails or creating an easy chilled zone with a low table, floor cushions and candles for that relaxing holiday vibe, rethinking a space with a fresh new look is just so rewarding. Don’t forget to layer up the accessories, and add one of the best gas barbecues, speakers and lights, and your space will be the hot ticket.