Alfresco, Dining, Entertaining

A Suitable Dining Area

It’s no fun at all eating a delicious meal outside if you must stare at a concrete wall or mountain of overgrown vegetation infested with snakes, spiders, and other nasties. For most Australians, the solution is to construct a stylish patio area. How you design your terrace is a personal decision, but get the most out of the available space, match patio blinds to keep out the chill during winter, and hire a professional to do the installation if DIY is not your forte.

The Appropriate Cooking Equipment

You can’t cook a nice meal if you don’t have the right equipment. At the top of the range, we’ve got outdoor kitchens, but if your budget won’t stretch that far, invest in a built-in BBQ or pizza oven. This should make outdoor cooking a breeze, plus you’ll be able to stay warm in cooler weather. Just remember to construct a food prep area so you aren’t running to and from the kitchen every five minutes.

Furniture

Make certain you invest in good quality furniture. Opt for a budget version that folds away when not in use or pay a bit extra for a modern, fitted unit crafted from polished steel or concrete.

Lighting

If so, you will need to install adequate lighting. However, whilst lighting is essential, you do not need to stick to utilitarian lights which illuminate the whole neighbourhood. Instead, start looking for decorative lighting; LED string lights are fairly and contemporary lights are eco-friendly.

Dining Accessories

Scented candles that repel insects are almost always useful. Also, your visitors will probably appreciate comfortable seat cushions, nice dinnerware, and fairly glassware. Decide on a colour scheme and design your patio seating and dining room accordingly.

Food and Drink

Successful outdoor dining demands the right food and drink. This is very much a personal option, but you can not go wrong with grilled beef, mixed salad, and a good selection of wine and beer.

The Appropriate Guests

In addition, you need a mixed guest list. For a casual outdoor dinner, invite close family and friends to join you for some awesome meals and endless drinks, but if you would like a more memorable event, put together a guest list of friends, family, neighbours, and anybody else you like spending time with. Your alfresco dinner party is sure to be a riot!