Summer is coming and with it comes blissfully warm nights and party season. The longer evenings allow for more time to be spent outside with family and friends, so now is the time to make sure your outdoor areas are set up and ready for easy entertaining.
A kitchen bi-fold servery window is a great way to easily open up the food preparation areas to the entertaining zone. This means that the party can easily flow from inside to outside without anyone being stuck by themselves in the kitchen as they prepare food.
Outdoor lighting is essential for illuminating the outside dining and cooking areas, and is also important for walkways and paths. The right lighting can also add a great ambiance for entertaining guests, adding to the atmosphere.
Include shelter in your outdoor area so that you can provide a comfortable area and entertain in varying weather. Ensure that there are options for shade in the summer months. Trees, shade cloth or awnings provide great shade and let the party continue through the hottest part of the day. Pergolas and canopies can offer shade and help define your patio ‘hangout’ zone from the rest of the backyard. Outdoor fans are also a simple addition to help keep the area cooler for guests.
A great way to extend the size of your entertaining areas is to install glass doors that open up the indoor/outdoor areas. This makes an extension of your living spaces so guests can mingle between both areas.
If you have a connected outdoor/indoor entertaining space, use complimentary colours to create a sense of flow and consistency between the two spaces. This also helps a smaller area feel larger.
Create a beautiful setting that guests will be happy to linger in. The easiest way to dress up your outdoor living space is with lighting. Stings of fairly lights or lanterns are great at adding some magic to the atmosphere. Mood lighting ensures your entertaining area will continue to be alluring after the sun goes down.
Since you are outdoors, enjoy the beauty that nature provides and use greenery, pot plants, decorative planters and climbers as enchanting features to the outdoor area.
An outdoor kitchen, BBQ or pizza oven takes the joy of cooking outdoors. This limits the mess in your home and lets everyone hang out with the cook.
An accessible outdoor drinks fridge will keep the drinks cold and within reach, so people won’t need to traipse in and out of your home for a drink. A beverage station is easy to set up. Include glasses and a drink dispenser and guests will be able to help themselves.
A poolside cabana gives extra living space away from the house that is perfect for entertaining with or without the pool. If you don’t have a pool, a garden cabana can work in much the same way.
Enclosing an outdoor patio with windows or glass doors turns it into an outdoor room that can be used in a variety of weather conditions. By using bi-fold doors or sliding stacking doors around your patio you have total control over what areas you open up to the elements.
You don’t need a backyard to entertain, balconies and decks make great outdoor areas. When setting up your entertaining zone, include an area to dine and hang out in, and add some feature plants to bring a natural touch to your balcony.
Ensure you have enough seating for guests. You might need to get creative and use stools, pillows, futons, tree stumps or milk crates. Items that can easily be moved around are practical. Some items can even serve two functions and be used as seats or places to rest drinks. Bench seating can be a space efficient way to incorporate lots of seating (and storage) around the entertaining area.
If you have plenty of space, separate your backyard into zones with different areas for guests to gather. You could have an area with outdoor lounges, a beverage area or an area with hanging chairs and stools. A fireplace or fire pit offers a centrepiece for guests to congregate around.
Screening with fences, foliage or panels transform the outdoor space into a private oasis. Screens provide more than just privacy, they dress up the area and provide shelter from the wind.
Accessorise your entertaining space with soft furnishings. Include comfortable items like hammocks, cushions and throw rugs to give your guests a relaxing place to linger.
If you haven’t got an outdoor area for entertaining over these blissful months, now is the time to create one to enjoy easy entertaining. We would love to hear in the comments your tips on creating the perfect outdoor entertaining space.