Outdoor Furniture Essentials

Outdoor Furniture Essentials

Your dream alfresco is complete and you’re almost ready to show it off and enjoy – all you need are your outdoor furniture essentials. 

There are so many choices available these days, which can be an exciting adventure deciding what to have – or it can be slightly overwhelming.

Here are three things to consider to help you furnish your dream alfresco. 

1. How will you use your space?

Do you host more formal style dinners, with beautifully presented dishes to everyone sitting at a dining table? If so, then choosing a sleek outdoor modular dining setting can create a more modern and structured style. If you have a larger space, adding a modular style lounge and modern outdoor chairs will add to the look (as well as offer additional seating). Or, if you do want to soften the look slightly, you can always accessorise with beautiful outdoor cushions.

Alternatively, a natural-product dining setting (such as wicker or wood) with comfy chairs can create a more comfortable and relaxed environment. Or forgo a dining setting altogether and fill your patio or pergola with comfy outdoor sofas and ottomans.

No matter what your style is, if you entertain large numbers, consider using an outdoor dining setting with an extension table. 

And, if your outdoor space allows, you can choose both an outdoor dining setting and a modular lounge. However, if you only have space for one, let how you plan on using your alfresco be your guide. 

2. Colour

Most outdoor furniture offers a range of colour choices, which can make it tempting to choose ultra-trendy colours. If you plan on updating the look of your alfresco area regularly, then this may be a good option for you.

Alternatively, selecting classic colours and looks offers you more longevity and usually a wider choice of styles.

classic colours

3. Care

Like colour options, you also have the choice of a large variety of different furniture types.  The great thing is that most modern outdoor furniture have easy care and maintenance. The key thing to remember is that quality matters, and like so many purchases, you will get what you pay for. 

You can help preserve and protect your outdoor furniture from the effects of weather by storing it for part of the year (usually winter). If you’re going to do this then choose outdoor furniture that is easily stackable.

And, if you really hate looking after your furniture some of the most durable outdoor furniture materials include aluminium and all-weather wicker furniture. 

All weather, stackable furniture

Use these outdoor furniture essentials tips to complete your dream alfresco. 

If you need help creating your dream alfresco, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew

Four easy tips for entertaining outside

Four easy tips for entertaining outside

The warm weather has arrived, which means moving your entertainment outside.

To make the most of your alfresco entertaining, here are four easy tips to help you and your guests enjoy your alfresco area.

1. Keeping the bugs away

Outdoor entertaining is part of the Australian culture, and battling the flies and mosquitos can sometimes be a challenge.

A great tip is to spray your tables or tablecloths or placemats with a bug repellent before setting your table.

Then, include in your table setting mix of non-scented candles and citronella candles. This adds ambiance as well as keeping those pesky mosquitoes and flies away.

Turning your glassware upside down until your guests use them is great for not ending up with any surprise beasties in your drink.

2. Prepare early and keep it simple

Alfresco entertaining is about enjoying your time with family and friends.

To make sure you minimise your time in the kitchen and maximise your time with your guests, keep your food simple and prepare as much as possible before your party.

A couple of simple (or unusual) salads with our BBQ Salmon Steaks recipe works a treat. Or go for a chilled seafood platter you can prepare beforehand and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. 

3. Don’t forget the drinks!

Greeting your guests with a smile and a glass of their favourite wine or beer puts everyone in a great mood.

Then, while you all relax and enjoy some nibbles, have an ice bucket in the center of your alfresco lounging area where everyone can place and easily reach their preferred wine, beer or other beverage.

If you reminisce about the bygone days of the punch, bring out your treasured punchbowl your grandmother gifted you, make a sangria and enjoy the party.

 

Dance the night away

You can’t beat a really good playlist.

Music makes for a memorable party. Whether it’s…

  • background music as you discuss the important issues of life
  • listening to Dave tell his “stuck in an elephant umbrella stand” story for the zillionth time
    or
  • clearing the tables to dance under your disco ball…

Know your crowd and pick the appropriate music – after all, you really don’t want the baby elephant walk playing when you want to disco!

Entertaining tips

If you need to create an outdoor area that you can entertain guests with ease, contact us to discuss your alfresco requirements