It’s no fun whatsoever eating a delicious meal outdoors if you must stare at a concrete wall or mountain of overgrown vegetation infested with spiders, snakes, and other nasties. For most Australians, the solution is to construct a fashionable 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 the chill out through the winter, and hire a professional to do the setup if DIY is not your forte.
The Appropriate Cooking Equipment
You can not cook a nice meal if you don’t have the right equipment. At the peak of the range, we’ve got outdoor kitchens, but if your budget won’t stretch that far, invest in an integrated BBQ or pizza oven. This ought to make outdoor cooking a breeze, plus you can 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.
An attractive dining table is vital. Decide on a budget model that folds away when not in use or pay a bit extra for a modern, fitted unit crafted from polished steel or concrete.
Are you planning on cooking and eating at night? If so, you will have to install adequate lighting. However, whilst lighting is vital, you don’t need to stick to utilitarian lights that illuminate the whole neighbourhood. Instead, start looking for ornamental lighting; LED string lights are pretty and contemporary lights are eco-friendly.
Scented candles that repel insects are always helpful. Also, your visitors will most likely appreciate comfortable seat cushions, nice dinnerware, and fairly glassware. Decide on a colour scheme and design your patio seating and dining area accordingly.
Food and Drink
Successful outdoor dining demands the ideal food and drink. This is very much a personal option, but you can’t go wrong with grilled beef, mixed salad, and a fantastic choice of wine and beer.
The Right Guests
In addition, you require a mixed guest list. For an informal outdoor dinner, invite close family and friends to join you for some amazing food and endless drinks, but if you want a more memorable event, compile a guest list of friends, family, neighbours, and anyone else you enjoy spending time with. Your alfresco dinner party is guaranteed to be a riot!