Outdoor entertaining in summer is about more than just food and drinks, it’s about creating a festive atmosphere and relaxed environment where you can connect and celebrate with family and friends. Need to get your alfresco area party-ready for Christmas? While you can’t control mother nature, there are a few things you can do to guarantee your guest have a good time. At Nu Style Shutters, we are the experts in high quality roller shutters and outdoor blinds servicing Perth, Joondalup and surrounds. Read ahead for 5 tips on how to get your outdoor space celebration-ready this summer.
Consider the View
Step outside and take a thorough look at your alfresco space and the view to the surrounding backyard. Is your garden overgrown? Are your garbage bins in the line of sight? If you don’t have time to clean up your garden or if you can’t store your bins elsewhere, try to block unsightly items from view with nice screens our outdoor blinds. Are the windows clean? Is your barbecue in good working order? Do your lawns need mowing? If you look at your space with the fresh eyes of a guest, you might be amazed at what you’ve been missing. Addressing any minor issues ensures you’ll be ready for festive celebrations all summer long.
The comfort of your guests is vital for gatherings and parties that are memorable for the right reasons. Use a mixture of seating styles, from outdoor dining chairs to lounges and even floor cushions and outdoor beanbags, that way there is something for everyone. Unfortunately, you cannot control the weather but you can be prepared for all conditions so the party can go on and your guests remain comfortable whether there’s extreme heat, gusty winds or late night chills. Outdoor fans are perfect for scorching summer days, while outdoor heaters and fire pits are great for when the sun goes down. Outdoor blinds and shutters will keep out wind, rain and hail as well as provide shelter from the hot Australian sun. Be careful not to make your guests too comfortable though, they might never want to leave!
Beat the Bugs
Summer in Australia means flies, mosquitoes and other pesky insects but don’t let them stop you from enjoying your Christmas lunch or New Year’s Eve drinks outside. There are many options you can use to keep bugs at bay, use insect catchers, citronella candles or oil burners. You could even make a natural bug repellent by planting fragrant herbs like lavender, mint, tansy and rosemary in a pretty container to use as your table centrepiece. If the bugs become too much, pull down your café blinds and turn your alfresco area into a pleasant indoor room.
Pay Attention to the Details
Little details make a big difference to the overall atmosphere and experience. Use garden and string lights to create a magical mood, and don’t forget Bluetooth speakers for background music and louder tunes as the party gets going. Decorate with colourful pots of fresh greenery, upgrade your outdoor dinnerware and throw around some outdoor cushions for extra comfort.
Bring the Bar Outside
Eliminate the flow of guests moving in and out of the house by keeping refreshments close to the action. Use sturdy metal tubs or outdoor cooler boxers to allow partygoers to help themselves (so you can sit back and join in the festivities!). You could even be creative and fill a clean wheelbarrow with ice and drinks. Be sure you have plenty of water, lemonade or non-alcoholic drinks on hand for designated drivers.
Spending time outdoors with family and friends is one of the best things about summer so make the most of it, and get your outdoor space party-ready today.
For the ultimate way to get your alfresco area ready for year round entertaining, you can’t go past outdoor blinds from Nu Style Shutters Perth. With over 15 years’ experience, we can design and make an install the perfect shutters and outdoor blinds for your Perth home. Providing protection form the elements, our range of innovative outdoor blinds will also enhance the visual appeal of your alfresco spaces and add significant value to your home. Contact us today for a free measure and quote.