The Ultimate Summer BBQ: Entertaining Tips

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Summer is well and truly here, and I have to say, we are loving the warm sunshine! Where there is sunshine and good company, there is the perfect excuse for a weekend BBQ with friends. So dust off the grill and get your backyard or patio space ready for the ultimate summer entertaining experience in your very own garden.

Having a BBQ is all about simplicity and ease. To help make things easier for you we’ve put together these entertaining tips as a guide.

Enough Food To Feed Your Tribe

Preparing a meal for a large number of people doesn’t need to be stressful. The beautiful thing about a BBQ is that it’s a very informal and light-hearted event. Why not turn your BBQ into a pot-luck? You’ll provide the grilled meats, and your guests can bring along cheese platters, bread, salads, and even dessert. Classic favourites like sausages, kebabs, steaks, and rissoles are always a hit at our family BBQ. What will you be serving up?

BBQ’s are fantastic when it comes to recipe planning too. They offer so much versatility with the kinds of meals you can prepare. Jamie Oliver and Webber offer some scrumptious recipes online, to spark your tastebuds with inspiration.

Get Creative With Your Seating Options

Make sure you have enough outdoor furniture to accommodate all of your guests. From classic outdoor settings to picnic rugs on the grass, you can never have enough options for accommodating your mingling guests.

Entertaining ranges like the Nardi and Kwila suites are fantastic! They’re durable, stylish, and comfortable all year round. Plus, they offer incredibly versatile arrangements, so that you can find the perfect chairs to match your table and home decor. Bench seats and bar stools are also a great option when entertaining a big group of people. Visit Daydream Furniture before hosting your next BBQ and make sure your entertaining space is a hit this summer!

Keep The Kids Corner Busy

While you’re entertaining your guests at the ultimate summer BBQ, remember to keep the kids’ corner occupied too. There’s nothing worse than when all of the adults are having a great time and suddenly the kids start complaining that they’re bored. Perhaps plan a few fun activities for the littlies, or if you have a pool, you can encourage them to bring along their swimmers and floaties to take a dip?

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.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Dream Backyard Renovation

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Aussies love their outdoor spaces and the backyard is our haven from the stresses and tribulations of our daily lives. We embrace our backyards wholeheartedly, regularly inviting friends and family over for a big BBQ, maybe a swim in the pool, an afternoon watching footy on the outdoor TV, and generally lounging around and relaxing at home.

So if your backyard could do with a serious makeover – where do you start? First of all, you need to know all of the specific regulations that will affect your outdoor renovation, otherwise, you can be in a great deal of trouble. Next, take a good hard look at your outdoor space and decide what you like and don’t like, and what is and isn’t possible.

Creating a plan on paper is always a good idea because you can see where everything fits, and prevent any huge mistakes before they happen! Some mistakes can be costly, so give due consideration to your plan before you start calling in the backhoe and demolishing your backyard!

If you are ready for a backyard makeover at your home, here are our top tips for making the whole process run smoothly.

Identify your colour scheme

The colour scheme you chose for your outdoor spaces will be determined by your home’s internal and external colour palette. This is because you will want your outdoor entertainment spaces to flow naturally from your internal spaces, so continuing with the same palette is a sensible idea.

Decking for your home

You might not have any decking at all or need to replace your existing decking because it is old and rotten or no longer suits your lifestyle. One or more decks will help to define your outdoor spaces and you can choose from hardwood timber or the newer composite materials. Even pavers or bricks can be used instead of decking, depending on your budget and your design style.

Privacy and shade

You can create a stand-alone outdoor pergola with a variety of different screens or use large plants, such as clumping bamboo to provide privacy from neighbours. A popular choice when it comes to furnishing our backyards is the wide range of outdoor shade options available today, such as wind-rated cantilever umbrellas and retractable outdoor awnings. These additions not only provide shade and protection from wind and rain, they have the ability to compliment your landscape design and furnishings. Other options include using large pots filled with palms to provide both privacy and shade for your seating areas, building a hedge or installing outdoor blinds that are designed for external areas.

Pool fencing

With older pools, you might want to completely revamp the pool itself, the pool surrounds and even replace the pool fence. If you want to do any renovations around your pool, always check the pool regulations that are applicable, so you don’t have to re-do your renovations to comply with local laws. For example, you can’t have outdoor furniture and pots within a certain distance of the fence, as this prevents children from climbing over the pool fence.

Outdoor kitchens

Many Aussies are now investing in an outdoor kitchen complete with sink, fridge, stove and food preparation areas, and even pizza ovens, which is fabulous if you have space. However, there is nothing wrong with simply renovating your BBQ area and patio with aa table, chairs and perhaps a drinks trolley, like this one, to make it more inviting and functional for everyone.

Landscaping makeovers

If your garden has seen better years with fences falling down, retaining walls crumbling, and dead plants and grass everywhere, then it might be time for a makeover. Always spend big on a number of large focal plants, filling in with smaller cheaper plantings and don’t forget to consider shade plants. If you have a large backyard, you can also consider creating one or more meandering paths through your garden, ending in small magical areas with outdoor seating for two!

Outdoor furnishings

Once you have the landscaping, plants and hard surfaces organised, it’s time to think about your furnishings. This can be the most exciting time for many home owners when they start to decide how they will furnish their outdoor entertainment areas. There are plenty of options available, but most people want tables and chairs to create an outdoor dining area, and daybeds and sofa lounges for relaxation. Of course, there are sun lounges for around the pool and all of the cushions you need to soften the spaces as well.

Costs of your backyard renovation

The cost of renovating your backyard can be as small or as large as your budget allows. Everyone’s needs are different and there are always changes you can make that will improve a space, regardless of the size of your budget.

For more information on any of our outdoor furniture and accessories, call Daydream Leisure Furniture on 07 5449 9336 (Noosa) 07 5493 4277 (Warana) or complete our online enquiry form.

 

 

 

Choosing The Perfect Outdoor Furniture

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Creating a liveable outdoor space is all about finding the right pieces and details to make it feel cosy and comfortable – a personal oasis. Cleverly designed outdoor furniture can bring comfort and function to your backyard patio, balcony, veranda, poolside, or garden. With a spacious table setting, your favourite flowers or pot plants, textiles and homewares to match, a simple brick patio is quickly transformed into a delightful garden hideaway.

 

When thinking about outdoor furniture, you shouldn’t limit yourself to only thinking about family sized table settings – there is such a wide variety of furniture available to fit any sized space, functionality needs, and comfort criteria. If you have a small apartment with a balcony, introducing the right furnishings can easily take the space from concrete jungle to rooftop bar in a matter of minutes!

 

We have put together our top tips for choosing the perfect furnishings for your outdoor space. Thoughtful planning (and a touch of interior design know-how) will ensure that your outdoor living space is homely and inviting for years to come.

 

  1. Make A List

First thing’s first – start planning how you want to use, furnish and decorate your outdoor space by building a list. What kind of furniture do you like? What will the layout be? What materials do you prefer? How will you most likely use the space? How will you decorate the space? Will the ambience be a peaceful escape or an entertainment area? Once you have the answers to these questions and more, you can start curating furniture to match.

 

  1. Take A Seat

Take a seat and put your feet up before you buy. Comfortable patio furniture, just like interior furniture, will be used regularly. So ensure that it’s comfortable and doesn’t just ‘fit the look’. You will get more use out of the space if your furnishings are comfortable and inviting, rather than just a room focal point.

 

  1. Choose Easy Care Outdoor Furniture

Use your time relaxing or keeping busy in the garden, not maintaining furniture. Purchase easy-care patio furniture. Aluminium, teak, kwila, polypropylene and all-weather wicker pieces are durable no matter the weather conditions all year long. Furniture made using these materials will look near new for years to come.

 

  1. Consider Storage Needs

How protected is your outdoor space? Choosing furniture that is made from durable materials will certainly improve the longevity of the piece, but making sure it is protected from the elements will also make a big difference! Storing your setting in the garage, shed, or basement during the off-season when the furniture isn’t in use will keep it protected. If your storage space is limited, look for patio furniture that folds or is easily taken apart for compact storage.

 

  1. Smart Colour Palette Play

Now when purchasing patio furniture, you are no longer limited to the natural tones. Colourful finishes abound in the world of outdoor furniture. Thanks to the introduction of different materials and finishing types, compounds like resin and polypropylene are now more widely available. For stylish longevity, reserve bold splashes of colour for cushions and accent pieces.

 

  1. Invest In Quality Furniture

You certainly get what you pay for when you purchase cheap, low-quality outdoor furniture. If you do not invest in your furniture, they can quickly deteriorate when exposed to the elements. Be wise when choosing outdoor furniture –ask lots of questions in store to make sure you are purchasing quality, hardwearing furniture that won’t snap, break, or become brittle.

  1. Versatility Is Key

Get the most out of your space (and your money) by choosing hardworking furniture that is versatile. For example, an ottoman can double as extra seating and bench seats can easily become day beds with soft textiles.

 

Make your outside space just as beautiful as inside. At Daydream Leisure Furniture we cater to both domestic and commercial furniture needs. No matter what kind of space you have, the purpose of the furniture, or the style you seek, we can help you find the perfect pieces. Contact our friendly team on the Sunshine Coast today, for all your outdoor furniture needs. We would love to help you create your perfect outdoor oasis.