Spring is well and truly here and with it comes beautiful weather that just begs for outdoor entertaining! But where to start? The backyard is a jungle! You’ve barely stepped foot out there for 3 months. But never fear. An outdoor entertaining space is easier to create than you think…
Who doesn’t enjoy a get together on a beautiful Spring day! Great food, a few beers in the backyard, it’s the Aussie way of life. If your backyard has been lacking a little love however, you may be feeling like it is the last place on earth you want to invite people into. Well don’t stress. Just follow our 5 easy steps and you’ll have an outdoor entertaining space to be proud of before the weekend!
Get that jungle under control! We’re talking lawn mowers, whipper snippers and weeders. Whatever it takes to tame the beast. If your lawn has really gone wild then you’ll need to slash it first, mow it and then possibly mow it again. Depending on personal preference you can go super short or leave it a little longer for a lush look. It should be nice and green post Winter! It will start to grow faster in Spring so going a little shorter wouldn’t hurt and saves you having to do it quite as often. Also get those shears out and prune any bushes and trees that have gone a little crazy. Keep the limbs above head height if they intrude into your entertaining area.
Clean…and then clean some more! It’s an obvious second step but one that can be done a little half-heartedly. We’re talking grimy windows, gutters full of leaves, dirty decking, the pool if you have one, clean out the fire pit, tidy up the compost area, give the rubbish bins a scrub, move any pet beds/kennels/toys into a dedicated area and give them all a wipe down. You want the area to look neat, tidy and inviting. Leave no stone unturned….as they say.
Time to think about comfort and where you want your guests to sit. Do you have a decked area for seating? Are you thinking something more casual on the grass? Maybe you have a balcony with an amazing view? Whatever you are lucky enough to enjoy you need to have somewhere for your guests to sit and something for them to eat off (generally.) Seating options are pretty varied including everything from outdoor lounge suites, to bar stools, bean bags on the lawn, day beds, hammocks….we could go on! You need to think about who you will be entertaining and where best they would be comfortable sitting. Also the type of entertaining you’ll be doing….are you more formal or do you like things pretty relaxed? What about the food you’ll be serving. Is it finger food that doesn’t require a table or do you want your guests seated and served on plates? Choosing the right seating/dining option is a key part of creating your outdoor entertaining area, so give plenty of thought to this. Outdoor furniture can be expensive but also doesn’t have to be. You can check for great second hand options online and pick up a bargain.
Now to create the perfect ambience for your outdoor entertaining area. This is a crucial step as you want the space to be welcoming and alluring even. You want it to draw people in and encourage them to stay. And what creates a great atmosphere? Well music and lighting…ofcourse! Forget the harsh fluoro lights, blinding spot lights or annoying sensor lights. Think gorgeous twinkling fairy lights, the soft glow of candelight and the warm appeal of lanterns hanging in trees. A fire pit also creates a beautiful (& warm) centrepiece that generates plenty of light and also plenty of conversation. Add to this some music, be it chilled or more upbeat, and you’ve created a space that people will want to stay in and come back to.
What’s an outdoor entertaining area without food and drinks? Well it’s just an outdoor area really. The food and drink part is the central bit of entertaining and the last crucial step in making over your backyard. Investing in a great bbq is highly recommended and something you will get enormous use out of. These days, bbq’s can do almost everything and you can cook some absolutely amazing dishes on them. When it comes to drinks, a small bar fridge would be ideal but failing that a good quality (large) esky is a great second choice. If you’re ready to take your food prep to greater heights then an outdoor kitchen could be just the thing. Starting from as low as $3000, a basic outdoor kitchen will make food prep a breeze and create a space that will be the envy of all your friends. With many options and sizes available, an outdoor kitchen is fast becoming the must-have addition to many homes, creating additional functional space perfect for families.
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