Entertaining family and friends under summer skies is one of life's great pleasures.

From generous curved corner sofas with fire pit tables to elegant teak tables with armchairs to linger in, here are our favourite outdoor living pieces large enough to seat the crowd in comfort and style.

Chedworth casual dining garden furniture set

Casual dining to feed a crowd

The largest of our casual dining sets, the Chedworth is just as at home in a large country garden as it is gracing a modern townhouse terrace.

With curved sofas and two dining benches, there's room for up to 12 of your favourites around the smart ceramic dining table, complete with integral fire pit.

Luxurious Herringbone Barley cushions cocoon your guests in comfort while the neutral Sandstone-coloured outdoor wicker will stay looking good for years to come – and can be dressed up or down for daytime soirees and sophisticated suppers alike.

“Casual outdoor furniture like this helps everyone make the most of alfresco lunches and suppers under the stars, even if we’re not always lucky enough to be basking in Mediterranean temperatures,” says Annie Blackledge, Holloways Interior Designer.

“It’s the perfect solution for entertaining a crowd on long, summer nights, and a great place to relax with your favourite book and a G&T in the afternoon.

“There’s plenty of room at the Chedworth’s ceramic dining table for all of your guests, and the resident barbecue king or queen won’t need to leave the table to cook up a storm thanks to the cast iron cooking griddles.

“Once the feasting’s done and the sun goes down, the Chedworth comes into its own – a fabulously sociable space with the mesmerising flicker of a fire to keep the party going long into the night.

“Just add beautiful cushions, cosy throws and pretty lighting and the stage is set for an evening to remember."

Chedworth fire pit table

For slightly smaller gatherings, the Monterey casual dining set seats eight to 10 in comfort and style.

Again, in a neutral Sandstone weave with deep, comfortable cushions and practical dining benches, the Monterey has an adjustable-height ceramic table to take you from lounging to dining in seconds.

Much like the Chedworth, the Monterey casual dining sofas also come with a fire pit table. When the sun dips, fit the glass screens and light the gas and relax.

Monterey casual dining set and Monterey casual dining set with fire pit table

Timeless teak

Racing into the must-have stakes, the dreamy Derby teak dining table is elegant and timeless.

Whether yours is a contemporary or traditional garden, this formal dining set is smart enough to host long, lazy lunches or sophisticated dinner parties under the stars.

The 2.4m table is both generous and solid, with plenty of room for knees thanks to its splayed legs, and will weather beautifully to a sublime silvery grey in our great British weather.

Built from sustainably-sourced teak, harvested from SVLK-managed forests, it blends good looks with practicality and excellent value and is guaranteed for five years.

Derby 240cm teak outdoor dining table

Pair it with eight of our comfortable Lisboa dining chairs in a cool, Ice-coloured all-weather wicker, hand-woven by craftsmen and women for quality and longevity. Season-proof seat pads are included.

Annie advises thinking about the time of day you’ll use your table, how many guests you’re likely to welcome and your style of dining.

While round tables are sociable - everyone can see and hear everyone else - long rectangular tables can often seat larger numbers, she says.

"Particularly if you add dining benches where everyone can cosy up a little more.

“The Derby's hardwood mellows to a silvery grey as time goes on and, much like period homes, it just gets better with age."

Annie advises dressing the Derby as you would your dining table, with beautiful china, sparkling glassware, linen napkins in neutral shades – we love Neptune's Antonia fringed linen napkins, in shades from powder blue to snow and olive – and flowers and foliage picked from the garden.

"Neptune's Stanton teak bowls are a lovely, natural addition to a table setting, filled with salad leaves or crusty bread," Annie says.

"And adding pretty cushions and a throw or two will really dress your outdoor living space and help keep the chill off your guests when the sun goes down."

All Neptune items are available in our Neptune store-in-store at our Worcestershire showrooms.

Derby 240cm outdoor dining table with Avila pebble outdoor dining chairs

The Derby teak 240cm table is also available in a set with six Avila dining chairs in Pebble-coloured Hularo wicker, with comfortable seat pads, guaranteed for 10 years.

For smaller gatherings, there is a Derby round teak dining set, too, with four Lisboa Ice chairs, and a teak-topped 170cm Derby table with contemporary anthracite legs, which comes with six Palma dining chairs in a natural Hularo weave.

Derby round teak outdoor dining table and Derby 170cm outdoor dining teak table with anthracite legs

Space-age style

Seating eight of your favourites, our Goa outdoor dining table is made from state-of-the-art HPL.

HPL – high-pressure laminate manufactured by saturating multiple layers of kraft paper with phenolic resin before being fused together under heat and high pressure – is one of the world's most durable decorative surface materials used in applications from hospitals to aerospace.

Here, it's been turned into a strikingly modern garden dining table, built to last and available in two generous sizes.

Goa large HPL outdoor dining table with eight Palma Hularo weave outdoor dining chairs

Stunning on large contemporary terraces with its textured dark grey top, the Goa is available as a special offer with either eight Palma dining chairs, eight Santander rope chairs or eight Lisboa chairs in Anthracite with metal legs.

Goa table with Santander garden dining chairs and Lisboa Anthracite garden dining chairs

Shop all of our new-season garden furniture collections through our website, or visit our showrooms in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside where you will find exclusive in-store offers on outdoor living furniture sets.

Find all the inspiration you need to create the perfect outdoor room in our Journal.

Read our designers' tips for lighting your garden here and click here for clever decorating ideas to steal for your outdoor space.

Embarking on a planting project? Read RHS Gold medal-winning Garden Designer Kate Durr's advice on planting pots here.