Summer might be on its way out, but there’s still plenty of warm weather to be had on the Gold Coast. To get the best out of the years rays and some valuable vitamin D, what better way than to entertain outdoors?
The success of any get-together relies on some awesome outdoor entertaining ideas, but if you’re stuck for what to do, it can be easy to over-elaborate on things. You know how it goes: you’ve got more seafood than the ocean bed, more dinner guests than the Oscars, and more wine than a French vineyard. Before you know it, you’re hosting a carnival you just can’t handle, and your bill has gone through the roof.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The trick to ace outdoor entertaining ideas is firstly, keep things simple and secondly, check out our list!
First things first
What’s the one thing all Aussies are known for around the world? Putting a shrimp on the bar-b mate! Except, it’s usually sausages and steaks. An outdoor entertaining area is never really complete without the presence of a BBQ.
Make things comfortable
To enhance comfort for your guests invest in some comfortable cushiony couches, or if you’d prefer a more casual feel, chairs with cushions or even beanbags are a great idea.
It’s all about the vibe
When it comes to awesome outdoor entertaining ideas, we suggest going for a much more laid-back vibe. This means ditching the la-di-da bits and pieces in favour or a more eclectic mix-up. This gives off a very chilled-out feel and helps to get a comfortable atmosphere brewing whenever you have people over.
Spread the furniture around
Particularly if you have a large patio, you should look to set up a few different tables or chairs spread throughout the entire area, so everyone can appreciate the beauty of your outdoor entertaining area. This will also encourage your guests to walk around and check the place out. It helpfully creates a social vibe and ensures that people aren’t sitting in one place the whole evening.
Drinks, drinks, drinks
Because you aren’t all stuck indoors, having a bar cart, esky, or outdoor mini bar fridge is pretty much essential to make sure your guests don’t have to go too far for a drink. Stock it with all the essential drinks and try to have glasses and ice nearby, and make sure that you re-stock it whenever content is running low! This also makes it easy and accessible for everyone to grab a drink whenever they want.
Nibbles are a must-have
You’re all outdoors and for this reason you should look to create more of a picnic-feel than a formal atmosphere. We suggest a varied pick ’n’ mix of salads, fruit, vegetables, fresh meat for the bar-b, chips and dips. If you give off a tapas vibe that everyone can tuck into at will, you really will be creating a laid-back but social and interactive feel.
Above all else, the key to entertaining outdoors is to make sure the preparation runs smoothly, so that you and your guests have as much fun as possible and you get the most use out of your new awesome outdoors area. If you get the prep work spot on, you can then bask in the party atmosphere.
If you love entertaining but simply don’t have the room inside, why don’t you invest in a deck? Not only do they extend your living area and allow you to entertain outside even when it’s raining, they also add value to your home. The qualified team at In Style Patios and Decks can build you the deck of your dreams in no time. Call us today on 0432 082 243 and let’s get started!