Summer Outdoor Entertaining Must-haves

November 21, 2016
Summer Outdoor Entertaining Must-haves

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

With winter officially behind us, we can look forward to the most exciting time of the year! The season for pool parties, impromptu BBQs and backyard grills, brunches, cocktail soirees and alfresco dining is upon us!

Dining and relaxing in the garden or on the patio is the ultimate way to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather. It’s the best way to get re-acquainted with nature while enjoying the company of family and friends over a lovely meal and a crisp, cold glass of wine while of course making the most of Australia’s fabulous climate.

Nothing beats a meal or beverage in the sunshine or under the stars and it’s never been easier to cook and entertain for guests. What could be more Australian than having a barbecue in your backyard? Of course, you need the right ambience to have the perfect place to BBQ, not to mention the right outdoor BBQ for your patio or garden, along with some hot cooking accessories to make you look like a pro!

“Grilling takes the formality out of entertaining and everyone wants to be involved”. – Bobby Flay

We have captured a selection of outdoor entertaining must-haves to help you create the ultimate casual party vibe and make your summer evenings a huge success.

Prepare yourself folks, summer is coming…. Let's party!

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Cooking Companions

Be the envy of all your friends with a barbecue worth boasting about, there’s some pretty impressive designs available but how about going one even better and surprising your guests with a pizza oven or wait for it – a spit roast?! Variety is the spice of life after all and nothing beats the aroma of a freshly baked pizza or sizzling spit roast!

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Keep Cool and Cosy

You may also wish to consider a sun umbrella and stand, a sail, or a portable pull out shade cloth such as an awning. When spending time outdoors in the summer it is important to have shade. Not only to protect your family but your furniture also. It’s always a good idea to have protective covers for all outdoor furniture, this will maintain and keep your furniture looking new, and protected from all elements of mother-nature.

And of course don’t forget the outdoor heater for the cooler evenings. Sometimes when the sun goes down you can really feel the temperature drop. Outdoor heaters and fire-pits are a great way to ensure your guests stay warm and happy.

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Set the Mood with Outdoor Lighting and Music

You can’t have a successful soiree without ambiance or mood lighting. Turn your garden into a magical space and create a cosy atmosphere with mini lantern strings, fairy lights or small pendant lights or garden spikes.

Music is an equally important element in creating a fun atmosphere. Music soothes the soul and having tunes you love playing in the background really does change the way a home can feel. Having a great quality sound system really does make all the difference in creating a party vibe.

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Outdoor Dining Decor Essentials

Impress your guests with some striking décor to add the finishing touches to your party table. Outdoor entertaining should be relaxed and fun, with a kind of casual elegance that takes ques from nature. Think natural materials such a wood and team with bold pops of colour to create an exciting party vibe. For extra glam, brass décor can add a lovely touch of sparkle and shine.

Don't miss our tasty Summer Cocktail Recipes.

For more fabulous ideas visit our article Tabletop Inspiration for Summer Entertaining.