Outdoor entertaining is a luxury that many of us would love to do more of, especially here on the Sunshine Coast. Having a well-designed space for hosting guests and preparing food can take the stress out of dinner parties and leave nothing but a relaxing time with friends, especially when it comes to the clean-up. Here’s our tips on creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining area in your own backyard.
Start with the layout
When planning a layout for your outdoor area, it pays to consider exactly how you’re going to use the space. This is especially true if you have a smaller area to work with, as you’ll want to work with the space to create an inviting and open area to entertain guests in. Have a bigger yard? It’s recommended that you create different zones within your yard, such as an eating area, a sitting area and a grass/shrubbery zone for children and pets, or perhaps a quick game of bocce!
Consider your flooring
The two most popular options for outdoor entertaining areas are timber decking or pavers, depending on your situation. Choosing dark coloured pavers and applying a coat of sealer, creates an effective and very low maintenance outdoor area that’s easy to clean and repels stains. Just a simple wash down after a big night and you’re done!
Fancy a feature?
Including a focal point in your outdoor area can give it the extra oomph it needs to draw guests outside. Whether it’s a colourful wall, vertical garden, some garden lighting or a standout outdoor dining setting, a feature can really transform a space and create conversation. A water feature can not only look beautiful but provides a relaxing atmosphere through its calming white noise.
A functional entertaining kitchen
An outdoor kitchen space can really transform your entertainment area. It allows you to prepare and serve food without retreating inside and also give you a space to clean up afterward. Additions such as a small bar fridge enable you to keep food and drinks outside, which is not only convenient for entertaining, but also frees up valuable space in your family fridge.
Extend your living space
Bi-fold doors are the perfect addition to any entertainer house. Not only do they look amazing and let more light into your home, but they also allow you to join your internal and external areas to create a larger space which can be utilised no matter the season or weather; perfect!
There you have it. Use some of these tips and create the perfect entertaining space, no matter your budget. And when you’re ready to furnish your area with the latest in outdoor living and dining settings, look no further than Daydream Leisure Furniture. Our showrooms in Noosa and Warana are stocked with beautiful and stylish pieces to suit all tastes and budget. Shop our range online here or find us on Facebook.