Long, sunny days… warm wind blowing … beachside walks and everything in between – summer’s just around the corner, and we know you’re just as excited as we are! At Outdoor Impressions, we’re all about creating the best spaces for summer outdoor living. So if you’re looking for must haves for outdoor entertaining, look no further: we’ve put together a handy list to help you round up some fun ideas for your next outdoor entertaining space. From patio furniture, string lights, to garden parties and everything in between, we’ve got the lowdown to all things outdoor!
1. Outdoor pillows and furniture
Comfort is key, whether you’re inside or outside of your home. If you’re wanting to level up your outdoor entertaining game, it might be time to invest in a comfortable patio set or outdoor dining table to help you and your guests enjoy the warm weather whilst lounging around in your backyard. And of course, the more seating you have, the more guests you can entertain – and for longer, too!
2. Barbecues and outdoor kitchen
It’s almost a given that if you’re having some friends or family over during summer, that you’ll have some hungry mouths to feed! One of the must haves for outdoor entertaining is a barbecue, a smoker, or even a fully-fitted out kitchen for outdoor use. Go one step further and add in a bar cart, or even an outdoor bar to keep the good times coming.
3. Amp up the music
Summer outdoor living just isn’t the same without some fun tunes in the background. Whether it’s a bluetooth speaker that you’re thinking of adding, or installing high quality sound systems around the outdoor space that’s perfect for your next party playlist, you’re definitely spoilt for choice on how to take your summer party to the next level.
4. Lawn games galore
Keep your guests entertained and look into lawn games that are not only easy to set up, but can be played for hours on end. From giant outdoor Jenga, cornhole, croquet – there’s a million games out there waiting for you and your friends to try. It’s one of the perfect opportunities to keep the party going and cement your home as a great spot for summer get-togethers.
5. Keep it breezy and bright with fans and lighting
The best outdoor spaces are once that utilise different sources of light as the sun goes down. Even though on a summer day, the daytime hours are extended, if you’re curious about the outdoor entertaining must-haves, you should definitely look at both direct and ambient lighting. Direct lighting is definitely a requirement for when you’re wanting guests to be able to see where they’re going – and ambient lighting is more to set the mood. Whether this looks like lanterns, citronella candles burning, string lights, or even an outdoor fire pit, there’s a lot of choices to create beautiful ambiance in your outdoor area.
Take your outdoor summer party one step further and add some good outdoor fans to keep guests comfortable! Some homeowners even invest in a patio makeover and add a mister, which uses moisture and air to keep friends and family as cool as a cucumber.
6. Summer splash with pools
Cold drinks, outdoor furniture, all these must haves for outdoor entertaining, but there’s definitely one way to create a summer outdoor living space that you’ll love spending time with. Adding a pool to your backyard is definitely an accessible way to keep you and your family cool, and have friends loving your next outdoor party. With summer comes the opportunity for a pool party!
7. Stay in the shade and keep sunsafe
There’s no doubt about it – Australia’s sun can get a little too hot, a little too quickly. It’s why sunscreen is such a staple in any Aussie’s summer kit. And while you and your guests can lather up and cover up, there’s really no denying that having the hot sun blazing down on you can be a party pooper. So if you’ve got an outdoor patio with no shade and you’re wanting to create the best summer outdoor living space, you might want to invest in a shade solution, like patio roofing. Patios in Melbourne need to be installed with the right materials to weather the Aussie elements, and with Outdoor Impression’s Stratco range, you can rest easy knowing your new outdoor solution provides protection year-round, come rain or shine. Not only that, adding a shading structure can also add value to your property, too – it’s a win win!
8. Have an outdoor movie night
Got a projector, or looking into getting one? You’ll love setting up your very own outdoor cinemas in your own backyard! Make use of a plain sheet hung up as a projector screen, and set up your own movie theater with bean bags and folding chairs. All that’s left is to serve cool drinks, popcorn, and put on a great movie for you and your guests to enjoy.
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Professional Contractor, Director, Outdoor Impressions
Anthony Davis is a professional contractor and Director of Outdoor Impressions, the leading authorized Stratco dealer in Melbourne. With extensive knowledge in outdoor design and construction, Anthony and his team deliver design-focused, functional home solutions. With over 50 years of combined experience, Outdoor Impressions provides tailored, lifetime-engineered products for your outdoor living area.