Winter is finally thawing, which means it’s time to start preparing for spring and summer fun. Dining at Alfresco is a quintessential part of the Aussie lifestyle, but needs careful planning to ensure everything runs smoothly. Here’s how to make sure you have everything right for your outdoor barbecue and dinner party!
Your guests deserve a better seating choice than just a milk carton! Invest in a quality outdoor salon set that not only dreams of use, but can also withstand the elements. When guests are provided with comfortable seating and dining furniture, they will happily mingle and better enjoy their time at your home. Courtney Younie from Allure Property Styling supports this, suggests:
“If you love outdoor entertainment, a nice and sturdy table, along with comfortable cushioned chairs is essential… .The outdoor lounge should be comfortable and large enough for you to soak in and relax. stretch. Dining tables, coffee tables, and side tables need to have a purpose, so make sure they’re large enough to hold drinks, plates and plates. “
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On a similar note, you also need to provide shade from the harsh Australian sun. For this you can use outdoor umbrellas, sunshades or MyDeal gazebos. If you’re lucky enough to have a deck or yard, you’ve been sheltered from the elements. Otherwise, try entertaining in the evening so you don’t have to worry about harmful sun exposure.
Have everything in its right place
When it comes to burning BBQ, Dean Berman from Berman Buys suggests be prepared:
“The French have a term called ‘mis en place’ or ‘everything in its place’, which encapsulates everything you need to know about food preparation. Prepare all the side dishes in advance to prepare the seasoned meal ready to wait for the heat of the BBQ. “
Remember that quickly food prepared and served equals happy guests!
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Dean also points to another function that BBQs provide:
“The BBQ not only acts as a cooking tool, but also as a warming tool. Heating lights will also help you stay warm and comfortable in winter. Fire pits are becoming the norm in homes with large enough gardens.”
If you’re planning to entertain in the spring, it’s likely to still get cold in the evenings, so make sure you have a good heating system. Lighting is a year-round necessity, so consider fun options like lamps and fairy lights.
Protect yourself from nature
While you want to be able to be in nature when dining outdoors, you also need to protect yourself from some inconvenience. Marieta Ivanova from Fantastic Cleaners reminds us to protect our outdoor furniture:
“You can have the most beautiful dinner table, but a bird visit is enough to ruin everything. Outdoor furniture gets dirty faster, so things like plastic wrap can protect them. If they don’t fit your vision for the perfect alfresco dinner, keep them on until all the guests arrive. “
Perhaps it’s more important to protect your guests from insects, as Marieta says:
“Nothing ruins a nice picnic like insects. While some of them may just annoy your guests, others can actually endanger their health. Good weather stimulates species such as wasps and bees to forage. This is a threat that you definitely want to avoid, so keeping your spray bottle waterproof is important. It is also a good idea to pre-check the outdoor area for nests.”
To read more about how to protect yourself from wasp nests, click here.
Choose the right outdoor tableware
Choosing the right tableware for a picnic can be difficult. On the one hand, you don’t want to use your porcelain plates because they are heavy and fragile, but on the other hand, plastic plates are fragile and harmful to the environment. Try choosing an eco-friendly option like bamboo tableware, which looks gorgeous and can be used over and over again.
Create a striking wall
Considering you’re entertaining outdoors, try to make the most of the natural beauty around you. A great way to do so is to create a feature wall or a vertical garden. This immediately breathes life into your outdoor dining area and also doesn’t require as much maintenance as a traditional garden.
Start preparing for summer fun now with these tips for the perfect outdoor dining!