Summers are beautiful, the sun is shining, the weather is pleasantly warm, lush green surroundings and a peaceful vibe that feels purely eternal. When the weather is so idyllic, there is no better place to soak in it than the outside.
The summer is almost here and it’s the perfect time to host friends for an ole style alfresco party. So dust off the patio, get the wine ready, and turn on the grill, we have people coming over!
But hold on, is that all you need to welcome your friends for a meal, probably not. So here are a few tips that can help you get the place ready and nail the outside dining retreat this summer. Let’s take a look
Get The Right Furniture And Enough Shed
The type of outdoor seating furniture you choose matters, especially when you are having people over. Because it’s an outdoor arrangement the furniture should be waterproof but at the same time it should be comfortable and spacious so people can relax and chat when they are not eating. The tables and chairs or the patio you put out must have the same aesthetic tone as the environment around so it can blend in and bring a soothing feel. Also, some form of awning or shed protection is advisable. It could be windy or rainy outside, you don’t want that to ruin your party.
Lighting is often the last resort when nothing seems to be working as far as decor goes. You can even say lighting is the ultimate drama piece for outdoors dining. But it’s an essential element when you’re looking to create a peaceful ambiance. So if you can throw some lights especially over the seating area, go ahead. It would literally and figuratively light up the mood of your guests.
Make The Most Of Your Space
Not everybody is blessed with large open balconies or a terrace, so you got to make the most of every inch you have. However, if you have a big space try breaking it into smaller areas for different stuff like for drinking, dining, relaxing, etc. In case you don’t have much space just make sure you don’t encroach it entirely with all the dining paraphernalia. Keep basic furniture and of course few greens because they don’t take any space and nothing looks more inviting than lush foliage and beautiful runners.
Prepare A Special Menu
Well, it’s about eating after all and more than anything, good food is what your guests are going to remember. So make sure you have it all figured out a day before you are hosting. Asking everyone what they would like to have is one way to go. It would make them feel more welcome and you won’t have to think much bout what you should be cooking.
Hope you follow these tips next time you have your friends and family over for an alfresco evening or a brunch.