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Large outdoor dining table 'a party essential'

11/11/2010 Those unsure of what their hardwood garden furniture set should include have been urged to spend whatever is necessary to buy an outdoor table large enough to accommodate the whole family.

Writing on his blog, patio design expert John McE suggested that, as the colder weather subsides and spring returns in the new year, families should ensure that they have the "essential" pieces of hardwood garden furniture in place.

"If your table is large enough and all your guests can congregate around it when they eat it, it creates an enjoyable atmosphere," he explained.

Mr McE went on to say that, while size is important, other factors to consider include the material from which furniture is crafted.

He recommended a hardwood garden furniture set for those with decking in their outdoor space, as it is more likely to complement the existing style than a plastic or aluminium alternative.

Earlier this week, the Outdoor Living Design blog said that, as a durable and weather resistant choice, teak patio furniture usually ticks all of the boxes – as well as "looking great".

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