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Garden games that are both fun and safe

fun garden games

Looking for fun garden games? We’ve lined up some great ideas that will keep your children entertained for hours.

“Mommy, I’m bored!”

Your children always look forward to the holidays … only to scream “Mommy, I’m bored” on the second day because they simply don’t know what to do with so much time on their hands. Time to step in!

3 surprising garden games

1. The gunpowder game

The gunpowder game is a kind of hide-and-seek, but with a ball. One of the children kicks the ball away, after which the seeker goes and fetches it. Meanwhile, the other children hide. Once the seeker has returned with the ball, they start looking for the other players. If they spot someone, they have to run to the ball and tap it before the other child kicks it away.

2. Water games

Children love playing with water. But unless you can keep an eye on them at all times, giving them water balloons to play with is much safer than letting them play in the pool. Just make it clear to them that throwing water balloons at someone’s face is a no-no.

Here’s another fun idea: why not let your children make a water tower or a viaduct from one side of the patio to the other using perforated plastic bottles and tape? The perfect way for them to let their imagination run free!

3. Chalk city

Another classic outdoor activity is curbside drawing with chalk. Even older children love to create their own chalk city on the curbside, with plenty of streets for their matchbox cars to cruise around in.

Bring the indoors outdoors

Not every child likes to play sporty and active games, and that's okay. But even more quiet children can enjoy the outdoors when the weather is great. Simply let them play the games they’d otherwise play indoors like drawing, playing with their dolls or Legos, … on the patio, on the lawn or in the shade of a patio cover.

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5 barbecue trends from all over the world

barbecue trends

Each country has its own culinary traditions, some of which have become popular all over the world.  Barbecuing, for instance, originated in the United States in the 18th century and has now even gained ground in North Korea. In fact, it seems every country likes to barbecue with its very own twist!

1. Grilling it German style with ‘Bratwurst’ 

Bratwurst’ served with sauerkraut, potato salad or a bun is part and parcel of Germany’s culinary heritage. If you’d like a taste of this German tradition at home, remember to always cook the sausages until they’re half done before putting them on the grill. That way, the outside won’t get burnt before the inside is done.

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2. Bulgogi

Both North and South Koreans love indulging in bulgogi: thinly sliced pork or beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and pepper. Bulgogi is best barbecued on a fine grill rack (or you can simply bake it in a pan). 

3. Yakitori

'Yakitori' is Japanese for 'baked chicken' and a typical Japanese delicacy. Making yakitori yourself is pretty easy. Select small pieces of meat (chicken, pork or beef) and then bake them over a charcoal grill. While baking, season the meat with salt or with a salty-sweet marinade made of sweet rice wine (mirin), soy sauce and sugar.

4. Straight from the USA: smoked vegetables and meat 

In recent years, people living in the United States, South Africa, Australia and Jamaica have taken a liking to smoking instead of barbecuing. Smoking means cooking your meat and veggies slowly and at a low temperature to give them a smoky flavor and preserve as much of the juices as possible. It’s best done on a pellet barbecue which allows you to easily control the temperature.

5. The vegetarian barbecue trend 

Veganism and vegetarianism is on the rise. Consequently, more and more people opt to barbecue without meat, choosing healthy alternatives like vegetable satays, halloumi cheese and corn on the cob instead. What’s your favorite veggie barbecue dish?  

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A barbecue is all the more fun if you don’t have to worry about the sun, rain or wind.

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How to have breakfast on the patio without freezing

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There’s no better way to start the day than basking in the morning sun while enjoying the view of your beautiful garden. Having breakfast on the patio is, in other words, always worth your while. Provided you’re comfortable, that is. Discover our tips for creating the perfect breakfast setting!  

Breakfast outdoors? Always a great idea 

Choosing can be stressful. That’s why our lives are filled with daily routines like eating at the same time, sitting on the same chair and having breakfast cereal just about every morning. 

Still, there’s no reason not to change things up every once in a while. Why not watch the sun come up while having breakfast on the patio, for instance? It’s always a great idea, even if it’s not 30 degrees outside … 

The best way to have breakfast on the patio 

Can you really have breakfast on the patio without freezing your bum off and spilling coffee everywhere because your hands are shaking cold, you ask? Why yes, you can. 

How to create a pleasant breakfast setting no matter the season? 

  • Don’t let rain and morning dew get to your garden furniture. Cover it up or place it under an awning or patio cover. 
  • Keep some soft cushions stored in a chest or a crate and take them out in the morning to get extra cosy. 
  • Always place a tablecloth or placemats on the table so that your arms don’t have to touch the cold surface. 
  • Consider using terrace heating. 
  • Invest in a patio cover that can be closed off. Summer or winter, you’ll always be comfortable when having breakfast outside. 

Do you never seem to have the time to eat out during the week? Then why not organize a cosy breakfast or brunch on your patio on the weekend? Invite some family or friends over and serve a rich buffet with all the works. It’ll be just like having a fancy dinner on a chic terrace in the city, but with a much greener view!   

Browse the Renson brochure to get inspired and start dreaming of your own outdoor breakfast paradise! 

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Say ‘I do’ to the garden wedding of your dreams!

garden wedding

If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect wedding for years now, chances are you’ve got the venue all figured out. A romantic castle, an idyllic beach, a rustic barn, ... But consider this for a change: why not have your wedding in your own garden? Your dream venue might be closer than you think!

Fairytale decorations

Having your wedding in the garden comes with many advantages. It’s free, for one, and you can have everything just the way you like it, adding all the fairytale decorations you want!

Don’t hesitate to go out and buy tons of romantic decorations to give your garden a festive look and make sure your wedding pictures will be to die for. Why not opt for

  • white or pink flowers,
  • Chinese lanterns in the trees,
  • a white wedding aisle runner,
  • a beautiful wedding arch,
  • a gazebo to get married under,
  • and vintage wooden signposts?

Tips for having the perfect garden wedding

Are you determined to celebrate your wedding with a fancy garden party? Be sure to add the following practical items to your checklist as well:

  • Music: provide a quality sound system – preferably manned by someone who knows a thing or two about it – or book a charming live band. Don’t forget to come up with a plan B as well in case technology lets you down or one of the musicians falls ill.
  • Blankets for when it gets chilly in the evening. It’s also a good idea to install heating in the party tent or near the reception tables.
  • Choose a type of catering that fits all weather conditions. An elegant barbecue with amuse-bouches and a selection of sophisticated salads, for example, tastes delicious on both hot and cold days.

Be prepared for all weather

When you’re having your wedding in the garden, the last thing you want is for your guests to get caught in the rain. Even when beautiful weather is forecast, it’s best to have a backup plan just in case. A lovely white tent, decorated with the same romantic decorations you used for your garden, is a perfect solution no matter what. Of course, you can always simply let your guests use your patio cover for shelter. Did you know your Renson patio cover can be as large as you wish?

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Here comes the sun! 4 steps to get your garden ready for summer

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With summer right around the corner, now is the time to dust off those loungers and enjoy your garden to the fullest. Follow our four-step plan to make your garden summer-proof in a flash! Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing under your squeaky-clean patio cover with a page-turner under your nose and a refreshing glass of white wine in your hand.  


Forget herbicide. All you need to get rid of weeds is a weed burner or some water with a dash of vinegar. Tip: invest in an electric weed burner. While slightly more expensive, electric weed burners are a great alternative if you prefer not to use gas bottles or vinegar. 

Get the fertilizer out 

If you have your heart set on a bright green lawn, regularly fertilizing it throughout the year (except during the winter) is a must. March and June are the best moments to fertilize your lawn in the spring. To prevent dry spots, it’s best to only turn on the sprinklers in the morning and in the evening – but not every day. Watering the lawn once a week usually suffices. Is the weather exceptionally dry? Be sure not to cut the grass any shorter than four centimeters (but don’t let it grow much taller either) for the greenest results. 

Clean your patio cover 

Give your aluminium patio cover a thorough cleaning using the Renson Maintenance Kit to make it look brand-new again. Dirt will vanish like snow under the sun while the lacquer receives an extra protective film, so that even the most intense UV rays won’t affect the color.  

Get your garden ready for summer with the right accessories  

New cushions for your lounge set, some lovely flower boxes, a nice table (for all those summer cocktails), a couple of soft blankets so you can relax  around the outdoor fireplace with friends until the early hours ... There’s no better excuse than the beginning of summer to go out and buy new accessories to spruce up your garden!  

Reading tip: How to transform your garden into a paradise. 

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Life’s a (garden) party if your patio cover has a built-in sound system

patio cover sound system

Organising a garden party is a breeze if you have a patio cover. The show will go on no matter the weather, and there are plenty of accessories you can choose from to make your patio cover party-proof! For example, how about installing a built-in sound system?

Get practical with your sound system

All Renson patio covers come with optional built-in speakers. They’re one of those luxurious little extras in life, and practical to boot. You’ll never have to worry about guests tripping over wires or your Wi-Fi connection breaking down anymore, as both built-in loudspeakers are connected to audio cables which are invisibly integrated into the design of your patio cover. You can even opt for an additional Bluetooth-enabled amplifier which you can simply control using your smartphone.

The right mood for every occasion

Not sure you’ll be using your sound system all year round? You’d be surprised! Next to garden parties, there are numerous occasions you can use them for. For example …

  • Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with a dash of jazz.
  • Having friends over in the evening? That’s what lounge music is for!
  • Your child’s birthday party and play dates become all the more fun with some children’s songs.
  • Celebrating Christmas once a year gets even better when those bells jingle all the way!
  • Who doesn’t love spending the afternoon sunbathing on the patio with a cheerful summer tune playing in the background?

Party under the patio cover!

And that’s not all you can do to party-proof your garden. How about these cool ideas?

  • Install mood lighting: LED lights in the trees, candles on the table and integrated LED lighting for your patio cover.
  • Provide heating: thanks to a cosy fire pit or a patio cover with built-in heating, your guests can party hardy until the early hours.
  • Add some colorful accents: party flags, creative table decorations and flowers never fail!
  • Opt for a party theme: fiesta Mexicana, The Great Gatsby, a sixties party, … Everything’s possible.

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Carefree relaxation on your patio thanks to a rain and wind sensor

patio rain sensor

Having a patio cover means you can enjoy your patio all day long and all year round. When it starts to rain, all you have to do is close the roof and side panels (if your patio cover has them) and you can continue to relax. If your patio cover is equipped with a rain and wind sensor, you don’t even have to get up from your seat at all! Read about it here.

An extra living space

There are several ways to turn your patio into an extra living space, and automatic controls are one of them. By equipping your Renson patio cover with Somfy® automation rain and wind sensors, you’ll never have to worry about the weather again. Thanks to Tahoma®, you can simply control the louvres, the screen roof or the sun protection screen in the side panels using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Your garden furniture will always stay dry, even if you’re not at home when it starts to pour. Other elements to give your patio an extra hint of luxury include:

  • Built-in heating elements, which enable you to enjoy your patio even on cold winter evenings.
  • LED lighting, built into the vertical columns, the roof or even the louvres.
  • An integrated audio system. Go ahead and start planning the next party!

Summer storm? No problem!

Sultry summer days are often followed by storms. No need to flee indoors, however! If your patio has a rain sensor, it closes itself off (the screen roof or the louvres) as soon as the first drops fall from the sky.

A stormproof patio cover

Strong winds, too, will trigger the louvres to close automatically if your patio cover is equipped with a wind sensor. When the louvres are closed, Renson patio covers are made to withstand gusts of up to 120 or 160 km/h (depending on the model you choose), so there’s no need to ever worry about storms ruining your patio cover.

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A patio cover for your apartment? Why not!

patio cover apartment

A patio cover makes a nice addition to just about any type of home, apartments included. Finding the perfect patio cover for your apartment requires taking into account multiple factors, though. Read all about them here!

New versus renovated apartments

Installing a patio cover for a new apartment or upgrading an older apartment with a stylish new awning are two different things – which both have their advantages nonetheless. In the first case, you’re free to choose whatever you want and turn your patio cover into a subtle extension of your home. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a wide array of options to choose from when you’re renovating!

How to choose the best patio cover for your apartment

What to look for in a patio cover for your apartment? We’ve compiled a handy checklist:

  • Make sure your patio cover still lets in plenty of light so that your apartment doesn’t get too dark during the day. Install your patio cover near a large window and consider one that has louvres, allowing you to choose between sun and shade at all times. Another sure way to maximize fill your apartment with natural light are translucent blades.
  • Pick a patio cover made of a sturdy material, as apartments (especially those located on high floors) tend to catch a lot of wind. Please note that all Renson patio covers are designed to resist violent storms, so no worries there!
  • Ask yourself whether you prefer a canopy you can open and close whenever you want – think patio covers with screen fabric which you can easily roll up or down or louvred canopies – or whether a permanent construction is more up your street.
  • Your patio cover should be a real eye-catcher. In other words, be sure to pick one that fits nicely with the style of your apartment and the apartment building as a whole.

An extra room in its own right

Finally, adding side panels to your patio cover turns it into an outdoor space or veranda in its own right. Just think of all the extra space you’ll have! Not to mention the many lovely breakfasts, lunches and dinners you’ll enjoy on your patio during the summer.

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How to choose between a detached or an attached patio cover?

detached patio cover

Deciding to install a patio cover means you have your choices cut out for you. There’s the design and the colour to think about, but first and foremost you need to consider where you want your patio cover installed. Should you have it attached to your house or is a detached patio cover the better choice for you? Much depends on what you’re planning to use it for. Read on to learn more.

An attached patio cover as an extension of your house

An attached patio cover’s primary function is offering shade. In summer, it keeps the bright sun from burning your skin, and it allows you to eat outside even when it rains. And, if you add side panels to your attached patio cover, it automatically becomes an extension of your home. An extra room if you will, where you can enjoy breakfast or chat with your friends until the early hours. A detached patio cover: your own oasis of calm

Detached patio covers serve a different purpose. Often installed next to a pool, they create an oasis of calm away from the home. Surrounded by nature, a detached patio cover offers privacy and, with the right side panels in place, can even serve as a garden room ideal for practicing your hobby in peace and quiet.

Your style of patio cover

Whether you decide on an attached or detached patio cover, you will be presented with endless possibilities. The Algarve, for example, is a simple yet practical cover that is available in a broad colour palette – just like all other Renson patio covers. Or how about the Camargue? Available with adjustable louvres or a fixed roof, it’s the perfect patio cover for people who love all things design.

Which type of patio cover do you like the most? Browse our brochure and get inspired! 

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Dreaming of a patio cover in your front garden? Why not!

front garden patio cover

Most people have their patio cover put up in the back garden. But that doesn’t mean you have to! Having your patio cover attached to the side of your home or installed in the front garden can be just as smart a move! Can’t wait to get started? Don’t forget to keep the following tips in mind.

Is your front garden large enough for a patio cover?

Unfortunately, not all front gardens are big enough for a patio cover. Is your front garden rather large? Then you’re in luck. Especially if you live in a secluded area or if your front garden is surrounded by shrubberies that keep nosy neighbours and passers-by from peeking in. Your patio cover then instantly becomes a sort of porch, giving your home a romantic and homely vibe. Are you not quite sure whether a patio cover in the front garden will be private enough? Don’t forget that you can always add sliding panels.

Keep it subtle

A patio cover in the front garden can look messy … unless you make sure it matches your house seamlessly! A white Camargue, for instance, is a perfect match for a modern white villa. Or, if your home looks rather rustic, why not opt for the Lapure in warm grey? However, no matter your taste, it’s always a good idea to choose your patio cover in the same RAL colour as the joinery to achieve a harmonious look. 

Don’t forget about local rules and regulations

Finally, don’t forget that local rules and regulations tend to be rather strict when it comes to front gardens. Not all cities and municipalities allow patio covers in front gardens, so do your research beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises.


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