Easy alfresco entertaining is what everyone is after and there’s nothing quite like enjoying a meal with your family and friends right there in your backyard, no matter the season.
Here are 5 ways to make alfresco entertaining easier.
1. Consider whether your outdoor area is functional
Having an outdoor kitchen or BBQ is not only great for entertaining outside, but also adds value to your home. A bar fridge will also be handy in the alfresco area to store food and drinks. Locating your indoor kitchen near your outdoor area for simplicity and flow can make all the difference.
2. Turn your alfresco area into a room you can use all year around, no matter the weather
An overhead ceiling fan not only will keep your guests feeling cool during the warmer seasons, but also will help in keeping the mosquitoes and flies away. In the colder months, an outdoor fire pit will create the perfect spot to keep your guests warm and cosy.
3. Create a welcoming ambience with good lighting
When creating the lighting plan for your backyard, it’s important to think about the areas you would like to highlight, such as a feature wall or your favourite tree or pot plant. Installing spot lighting fixtures above the outdoor table will also help give the space a bright and welcoming feel.
4. Update old outdoor furniture
Comfortable and easy-care outdoor furniture is a must to make your alfresco look cosy and inviting. If your current outdoor setting is still in good use, simply give it a new coat of paint. If your budget allows, then consider updating your furniture by adding options like a bench-style table, chaise lounge, couches or wicker chairs.
5. Use accents throughout
Outdoor decor can make a huge difference to your alfresco area. To create the perfect balance between indoors and outdoors, consider adding new accessories such as mirrors, vases, coloured cushions, floor mats and decorative wall panels, which can immediately enhance the look and feel of the area.