Immerse yourself in the very latest Finish Simply Brilliant feature articles.

Prepare For Outdoor Entertaining

16 Aug 2017

Rate this

Is your outdoor area looking a bit blah? From summer barbecues to weekend gatherings, outdoor living is a huge part of Australian culture, and having a guest-ready outdoor space is a must!
Make the most of your patio, veranda, deck or backyard with these tips for creating an inviting outdoor entertaining area your friends and family will love.

Consider how you’ll use it

Do you plan to enjoy meals outside, simply kick back and relax in a comfy chair, or both? Is your outdoor area dedicated to barbecuing, or are you looking to create a poolside oasis?
When it comes to selecting the furniture for your deck or patio, you’ll need to consider how you’ll actually be using the space. Sure, that funky hanging egg chair might look cool, but if you’re not going to use it, it’s just going to take up precious room. Choose your furniture based on how practical it is for your lifestyle.

Create zones

If you’d like to use your space to cook and eat as well as chill out and hold casual conversations, creating zones can help separate the areas and encourage good flow and functionality.
You should consider accessibility when creating your zones. For example, you might like to have your outdoor dining table close to a door back into the home to make it easier to carry dishes inside and out. You may also like to set up your seating area in a spot with the nicest view of your garden, or a spot that gets the most sun in the morning.

Privacy, please

Even if you’re on good terms with your neighbours, it’s nice to have an outdoor space where you don’t have to worry about making awkward eye contact while you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you install a fence, a screening wall, or tall plants to create some privacy and block out excess noise, both you and your neighbours will benefit from not being in each other’s business.

Let there be light

Your lighting can make or break your outdoor space. Ensure everyone can see what they’re doing (and eating!) by making sure the space is properly lit.
You may even like to add some candles, lanterns, and fairy lights. These finishing touches are simple yet very effective for creating a sparkling wonderland to set the scene for your outdoor dinner parties and gatherings.

Make it yours

Finally, have fun with your outdoor space. Bring character to your area with items that reflect your personality. Love the colour purple? Add some purple throw cushions to your outdoor sofa. Love the beach? Use seashells to create a beautiful centrepiece for your outdoor dining table.
It doesn’t take much to add a few personal touches to your outdoor living area and make it yours.

Now you’ve created an outdoor entertaining area to wow your guests, learn how to throw a successful dinner party with our handy tips!