How to host the perfect afternoon tea

Whether you’ve been dreaming about having high tea in a luxurious hotel or simply miss going out with your family for a nice afternoon tea – why not throw your own tea party at home? Get your best china out of the cupboards, turn the kettle on and it’s time to host the perfect afternoon tea.

Get comfortable seating.

Afternoon tea can’t be enjoyed if you are sitting down on uncomfortable, worn-out chairs. If your garden furniture has been out all winter, is rusting and could really use an upgrade, do it. Upgrading your garden chairs and furniture will not only make sure your guests are comfortable but will also guarantee you spend more time in your outdoor space.

At Elements Home & Garden, we supply a variety of high-quality outdoor furniture, including outdoor dining tables which will be perfect to seat your afternoon tea guests. The Timor 280 Outdoor Dining Table and the Extending Brown Kingston Corner Dining Set are great options to seat all your visitors in style.

Round dining tables are also a fantastic option and will save space. Imagine your garden or patio with the Ascot Round Sofa Dining Set with Rising Table or the LA 8 Seat Round Ice Bucket Dining Table Set with Lazy Susan Table – wouldn’t it look stunning?

Make a delicious menu.

One of the most important parts of an afternoon tea is the food, we can’t deny that. We suggest setting out some common tea options but also some unique flavours that you love, so you can introduce your guests to some new teas. Pair tea with finger sandwiches and some pastries – don’t forget the warm scones with cream and jam!

Be prepared for the rain.

Even if the weather forecast says otherwise, always be prepared for the rain. It’s England, after all. Plus, as going indoors is out of the question due to the restrictions in place, your outdoor space is the only place where you will be able to spend time with people outside your household.

The Got It Covered Pop Up Grey Gazebo is the perfect shading solution to keep everyone covered from the sun or rain. It can be quickly set up and will be easily stored. The Royce Junior Taupe Parasol is also a great shading option and will look fabulous in any outdoor space.

Set the scene.

Lay down your finest cutlery, tablecloths and china to create the perfect afternoon tea setting. Take it one step further and pick a theme for your special afternoon event – Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea, Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea, Sherlock-themed afternoon tea… the choices are endless.

Stay warm.

As the sun is setting, you start to feel a chilly breeze and think that your gathering should end soon. Not so fast! If everyone’s enjoying themselves, an afternoon tea party can quickly become a soiree. Make sure your guests are warm by adding a fire pit next to your dining table. Alternatively, you can choose to go for an outdoor dining table with a firepit. Some of our top picks include the Ambition 8 Seat Rectangular Firepit Outdoor Dining Set and the Pulse Rectangular Corner Dining Set with Firepit Table.

If you have any questions regarding our outdoor furniture, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01279 755294 or [email protected]. Want to try one of our garden sets? Come over to our showrooms.

Get your garden ready for outdoor gatherings

With some of the restrictions lifting on the 12th of April, we will be able to meet family and friends outdoors in our private gardens. This is the perfect opportunity to start giving your garden some much-needed attention. Here are some tips on how to get your garden ready for outdoor gatherings.

Think about seating.

It’s more important than ever to offer your guests a safe and comfortable space to socialise. For this reason, it’s essential to consider seating. At Elements Home & Garden, we stock a wide range of outdoor furniture to meet any and all outdoor seating requirements.

If you are searching for an outdoor dining set with a large dining table to ensure everyone has enough space, we would highly recommend the Timor 280 Dining Set. In case you are looking for a lounging outdoor sofa set, the Half Moon Sofa Set is a great choice.

Don’t forget about shade.

You never know when the weather is going to turn upside down, so always be prepared for the worse. The Got It Covered Pop Up Grey Gazebo is the perfect addition to any outdoor space. It can be quickly assembled to provide shade and weather protection plus, it can easily be disassembled for storage.

Mow the lawn and plant flowers.

Make your garden look as inviting as possible by keeping it tidy, clean and colourful. Start by mowing the lawn, getting rid of any weeds in between the paving stones and then add colour by planting some flowers and giving the garden shed and the fence a new lick of paint.

Prepare for chilly nights.

Don’t let the cold breeze stop your long-waited reunion. We have available a large collection of fire pit sets ideal to keep your and your guests cosy all night long, including individual fire pits, such as the Cosibrixx 90 Anthracite Fire Pit Table, as well as dining table sets inclusive of fire pits, such as Ambition 8 Seat Rectangular Firepit Charcoal Dining Set.

Browse our full collection of outdoor furniture to view our full range of products or pop by our showrooms today to see your favourite outdoor furniture. Got a question about an outdoor dining set? Contact us today! Give us a call on 01279 755294 or email us at [email protected].

Top outdoor dining sets

If we could have al fresco meals every day, we would. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating outdoors is a whole different experience – it’s relaxing, boosts your mood and helps you enjoy your food more. Whether you are by yourself and enjoying breakfast al fresco to start the day off the right way or you are having your friends over for a lovely al fresco Sunday lunch, you will need the right outdoor dining furniture. Furniture that is not only comfortable but that will also make your patio stand out and impress guests. If you are looking for brand-new outdoor dining sets and need some inspiration, we have put together some of our favourites below.

Oxford 6 Seat Oval Fire Pit Dining Set with Heritage Chairs

This stunning Oxford Outdoor Dining Set is the perfect addition to your patio, terrace or garden. It includes everything you need to guarantee a good time with your friends and family – six comfortable heritage dining chairs and a sturdy oval table topped with toughened glass that features an integrated gas fire pit system, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living even during colder summer nights.

Ascot Deluxe Corner Dining Set with Rising Table and Ice Bucket

The Ascot Deluxe Corner Dining Set is the statement piece you didn’t know you needed. This luxurious outdoor dining set features a versatile square rising table with an integrated ice bucket that can quickly and easily go from an afternoon coffee table to an evening dining table. This set also includes two large footstools that can be used as extra seating or as the perfect place to rest your feet when lounging.

Oxford Corner Dining Set with Ice Bucket and Rising Table

Make the most out of your garden with the Oxford Corner Dining Set. With comfortable seating, a rising table and an integrated ice bucket, this outdoor dining set allows you to experience outdoor living like you never had before. It provides the perfect lounging space and dining space to enjoy any meal of the day or simply to relax outdoors. Create great memories with your friends and family over breakfast, lunch and dinner in this outdoor dining set.

At Elements Home & Garden, we stock a variety of other outdoor furniture to uplift your garden space and allow you to enjoy your outdoor area to the maximum. Browse our collection of outdoor dining sets, outdoor corner sets and outdoor bar sets today. For any inquiries, feel free to contact our friendly team on 01279 755294.

Relax with our stunning daybeds and loungers

Finding time to relax when you have a busy scheduled can be a difficult task. However, it’s an essential task to ensure you keep healthy both physically and mentally. We might be a little bit biased, but our favourite place to unwind is our outdoor space – the garden, patio… Spending time outdoors, whether it is enjoying the sun or sipping on a cuppa, is essential for us, and it should be a part of your day too, if it isn’t already.

To help you relax even further, we recommend getting a comfortable daybed or lounger for your outdoor area. At Elements Home & Garden, we have available a comprehensive selection of outdoor furniture to take your relaxation to the next level. Here are a few of our favourite daybeds and loungers.

Goldcoast Grey Double Swing

Sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing glass of favourite drink in this Goldcoast Double Swing Seat. This luxurious outdoor seat features a cocoon design to make you feel as cosy as possible and padded cushions for extra comfort.

Lotus Grey Daybed

A must-have for any garden. The Lotus Daybed will quickly become your favourite piece of furniture in the house. This daybed is the perfect statement piece to adorn your patio, whilst providing you with a comfortable and private relaxation space.

Winchester 3 Piece Lounge Set

Simple, functional, and stylish. The Winchester Lounge Set includes two rounded chairs with back cushions plus, a coffee table topped with toughened glass. Combine this set with one of our gazebos and pergolas to create the ideal covered lounging area.

Cheltenham Grey Daybed

The versatile Cheltenham Daybed can be assembled in various layouts to best suit your needs. It can quickly transform from a daybed to a sofa set. Plus, the centre footstool can double up as a rising table to keep your drinks close by.

To view our full collection of lounging outdoor furniture, browse our loungers and daybeds range. If you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can be easily reached at [email protected] or on 01279 755294.

How to uplift your outdoor space

With the weather slowly showing its rays of sunshine, we start to think about taking out the barbecue, planting some new colourful flowers and, of course, buying new outdoor furniture. Maybe you’ve been using the same outdoor chairs for years and you feel like it’s time for a change or perhaps you’ve just moved in into a new house and feel like sprucing up the garden with comfortable and stylish outdoor furniture.

At Elements Home & Garden, we believe that the best way to uplift your outdoor space is by turning your garden into a sanctuary – the place in your house where you go to relax, entertain guests or simply enjoy a cup of tea while reading your favourite book. What better way to start creating your outdoor retreat than by adding some outdoor furniture?

For shade.

Got It Covered Pop Up Grey Gazebo

Having a shade system in your patio is essential to offer both shade and cover from the unpredictable British weather. This Got It Covered Pop Up Gazebo is the prefect choice! It can be easily assembled and disassembled plus, it will look stunning in any patio.

For lounging.

Ambition 3 Seat Flanelle Sofa Set

The Ambition Sofa Set perfectly combines function with design. It features a modern aesthetic and premium comfort which creates a sofa that you will struggle to leave. This set also includes a sturdy coffee table to keep your cocktails or mocktails always at hand.

For socialising.

Half Moon Grey Sofa Set

The Half Moon Sofa Set features a unique design that is perfect for socialising with friends and family. This set is made up of three curved sofas that can be arranged in various ways to best suit your requirements. It is also inclusive of two trapezoid side tables that slot in perfectly with the sofas and one large circular table.

For dining.

Ambition 8 Seat Rectangular Firepit Lead Chine Dining Set

Get ready for outdoor gatherings with the Ambition Rectangular Dining Set. This eight-seater dining set is big enough to seat everyone in comfort. Plus, it features an integrated fire pit in the centre of the rectangular stone table which allows you to enjoy chilly summer nights outdoors.

If you have any questions about our outdoor furniture, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We can be easily reached on 01279 755294 or at [email protected]. In case you want to see your favourite pieces of furniture or want to explore other options, visit our showrooms in Ongar or Bishop’s Stortford.

Time to decorate your patio like Olly Murs

Olly Murs, one of our valued customers, has purchased the stunning Life Fitzroy White Aluminium Outdoor Corner Sofa Set. The British singer-songwriter needed some brand-new garden furniture for his home and chose this modern and elegant outdoor corner set. We believe that this is the right time to be getting your patio and outdoor area ready for the warmer days of spring and summer.

Even though, as he said in his Instagram post, it was a “wet and miserable day to be buying garden furniture”, we couldn’t be happier that he loved our beautiful Life Fitzroy Corner Sofa Set.

This comfortable and stylish outdoor garden sofa set comes with a coffee table, bench right, bench left and a corner sofa. If you want to decorate your patio area like Olly Murs, this sofa set will be the right choice.

Discover our full range of garden furniture today to completely give your outdoor area a makeover. From lounging patio sets, including sun loungers, hanging chairs and outdoor sofa sets, to outdoor dining sets and patio shading solutions, such as gazebos and parasols. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We can be easily reached on 01279 755294.

Get your patio ready for Spring

Spring is in the air… and with Spring comes blooming flowers, nicer weather and longer days. That means, spending more time outside enjoying your garden area. However, there is one question you need to ask yourself: Is your patio ready for the sunny and warm weather? If not, what are you waiting for?

At Elements Home & Garden, we supply a wide collection of top quality garden furniture to refresh your outdoor area and ensure you can make the most out of your outdoors during the warm days of spring and summer.

We are big believers that spending time outdoors is of the utmost importance. It improves your mood, reduces stress and helps you relax after a long day at work. Adding patio furniture will enhance your outdoors and allow you enjoy outdoor living even more.

Do you love outdoor dining? Upgrade your old and worn garden dining sets for our elegant and modern outdoor dining sets, corner dining sets, garden bar sets and outdoor sofa sets. These contemporary outdoor dining sets will adorn your patio and highlight your outdoor dining area, creating the perfect space to entertain guests and family members. Add fire pit sets near your dining area for a touch of luxury and warmth during colder nights.

In case you are searching for outdoor shading solutions, we stock parasols, gazebos and pergolas. These modern outdoor shading systems will protect you and your guests against the changing weather conditions. Pergolas and gazebos can be installed as an extension to your indoor space to create a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living.

Add sun loungers and hanging chairs under these shading structures for the perfect seating space – comfortable and stylish. These will look great on any patio, terrace and garden. Do you have any questions about our outdoor garden furniture? Don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a call on 01279 755294.

Welcome to our brand-new website

We are happy to welcome you to our new and fully refurbished website. We went for a simple and modern design that is focused on helping you, the customer, easily find everything you need for your home and garden.

This user-friendly design also features improved functionality to provide our customers with the best experience possible on site. For instance, the search function will automatically give you the best results based on your queries plus, we have added some of the best-selling products and brands to the homepage, so customers can quickly find these when they first land on the website.

We hope that you love our new website as much as we do! While you are here, be sure to check out our new categories and products, including patio bar sets, garden dining sets, gazebos and pergolas, sun loungers and parasols.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We can be easily reached on mobile at 01279 755294 or via email at [email protected]. Alternatively, we can be quickly reached via our new chat window!

Elements Top 3 Mother’s Day Picks

Treat your mum this mother’s day with some luxurious garden furniture to ensure she can make the most out of her garden space. Whether she enjoys spending time in the garden planting new flowers and veggies or she simply loves lounging outdoors when the weather is nice – garden furniture will be the best gift to give.

Pulse Chaise Sofa Set

This comfortable and elegant Pulse Chaise Sofa Set features a sleek and modern design that will uplift any outdoor area. By adding this to your garden, patio or terrace, you will create the perfect relaxing spot to enjoy the warm and sunny summer days. This set includes the Pulse Fabric Sofa and a coffee table to match.

Timor 280 Dining Set

Give your mum an excuse to have all her meals al fresco with this stunning Timor 280 Dining Set. Enhance any meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – by having it outdoors. This beautifully crafted dining set features a cross frame table with a robust teak table top and eight dining chair with cushions.

Regal 6 Seat Rectangular Charcoal Bar Set

Imagine long summer evenings with your family and friends experiencing the best of outdoor dining and entertainment in this contemporary Regal 6 Seat Rectangular Charcoal Bar Set. It features a charcoal bar table and regal fabric bar stools to match.

Discover our full collection of garden furniture today. We supply a variety of top quality patio furniture, including outdoor seating, such as outdoor bar sets, garden corner sets, patio dining sets, outdoor sofa sets and sun loungers, as well as outdoor shading, such as parasols, gazebos and pergolas. If you have any questions regarding our products, feel free to contact our team today. We can be quickly reached on our popup chat box or give us a ring on 01279 755294.