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One of the best things about summertime is the chance to entertain. The weather, inviting temperatures, and beautiful skies all come together to create the ultimate atmosphere for enjoyment with your friends and family. And nothing is more quintessential to summer enjoyment than alfresco entertaining.
Alfresco entertaining is the act of gathering your guests in your outdoor living area. Therefore, today, part of realising your ideal home aesthetic includes considering your backyard and paying attention to whatever enhancements you can successfully execute beyond beautiful landscaping.
Since alfresco entertaining has evolved significantly, decorating your backyard area is considered a major part of your overall interior design. So how can you 'up your game' enough to ensure that you are creating the ideal space for this most desirable seasonal pastime?
Shed Some Light
Although summer days are longer, the night still comes about at some point. Therefore, rather than letting the onset of darkness spell an end to your time outdoors, consider adding lights to your outdoor space to keep it welcoming and inviting.
Outdoor lighting can be functional while having a truly significant impact on the overall aesthetic. The trick lies in identifying the numerous options available and recognising how to pick and choose, then mix and blend to create the ideal entertaining space. For example, you may search for outdoor lamps which connect to an electric outlet and light up your patio brightly enough to almost be like daylight. Conversely, if you prefer to go with the more budget-friendly option, why not consider fairy lights? They may be a collection of small bulbs strung together, but they will have a truly remarkable effect on the ambience you create.
Give A Little Warmth
The warm temperatures of idyllic summer days don't always survive the setting sun and clear nights. So, the best way to preserve that atmosphere of comfort and enjoyment is by installing outdoor heating. Furthermore, going with this option has the added benefit of making your outdoor area useable year-round.
There is a wide range of outdoor heating options available for you to choose from, including wood-burning gas and electric fireplaces, firepits and stoves, among others. The type you select can match your needs and appearance requirements so that you don't have to choose between form and function.
Embrace Outdoor Cooking
Australians' love for a good BBQ is well known throughout the world. Therefore, they need the tools to match this avid enjoyment. You can now design an outdoor cooking area that reflects your vision for outdoor entertaining and matches your aesthetic. And you don't even have to make style compromises since it doesn't matter if you prefer to keep it simple with a single BBQ or go all out by constructing an entire outdoor kitchen. You will still have pleasing results as long as you match your imagination to your budget.
Beyond the conventional grill and elegant kitchen, one more outdoor cooking option is available: wood-fired pizza ovens. These appliances have been in use in the home for centuries, with good reason. Beyond the possibility of making unlimited pizzas in the comfort of your own home, you can also branch out and explore the versatility of these ovens by trying new recipes from grilling meat and fish to making stews and curries. Furthermore, the dynamics of using these ovens allow you to interact with your guests while cooking, thus making it a memorable experience.
Embrace the available possibilities for transcendent alfresco entertaining this summer by using the above options to enhance your outdoor space. Your family and guests will not be able to resist singing your praises.