Casual Outdoor Entertaining – Where To Start
Creating an inviting outdoor sanctuary for casual entertaining and family dinners doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. With a little bit of planning, and careful consideration around functionality and aesthetic, the transformation of any outdoor space – large or small – is easily achievable.
Whether it’s a balcony, deck, pool area or patio, we’ve compiled some of our favourite tips for making your outdoor area the perfect space for casual entertaining:
Don’t Shy Away From Colour
While outdoor areas are traditionally thought to be of neutral palettes, introducing dashes of colour can completely transform an area and make it the ideal space for meal times or friends popping in. Garden pots, chair cushions, scatter cushions, and sun loungers are simple, cost effective ways to inject colour and life into outdoor spaces.
Consider A Fire Pit
A Fire Pit is the perfect focal point for alfresco dining and memory making, providing natural heating in cooler months, or serving as an esky in warmer weather. Having that extra ambience and comfort can mean the difference between a quick meal and those longer, nostalgic nights by the fire with the family.
Incredibly versatile, the Fire Pit Cross Base can be used as a side or centrepiece table when not in use. Additional BBQ grill and/or teak and merbau table options are also available.
LED Lighting & Sound Solutions
LED lights and sound systems are economical and energy-efficient ways of creating a sensory atmosphere to an outdoor space.
Furniture That Is Truly Outdoor
‘Outdoor furniture’ should be just that – robust enough to endure the weather, yet comfortable and stylish enough to feel like home. Outdoor lounges and sofas make great additions to eating areas and are designed with durability in mind. For smaller spaces, outdoor daybeds, cushion storage boxes and hanging chairs are fantastic solutions for cultivating comfort, without overcrowding an area.
Tableware, tableware, tableware!
Tableware really is the quickest, easiest way to bring instantaneous energy to any outdoor space. Whether it’s platters, high quality drinking glasses, battery operated candles, tea-lights, napkins, or your favourite natives in a vase, tableware is another simple way of injecting personality and drops of colour; the best part, it’s easily achievable in a matter of minutes.
Start Small And Start Soon
You don’t need a big budget or a big space to create an outdoor retreat. If you’re not sure which direction to take, start small with a few basic furniture pieces. From here, you can still use the space while you experiment with colour and composition – there is nothing wrong with a work-in-progress.