5 Tips For Outdoor Entertaining On A Budget
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5 Tips For Outdoor Entertaining On A Budget

Long hot Australian summers call for outdoor BBQs, picnics and beachside adventures with friends and family. Whether you’re busting to wheel out your vintage Webber, drooling over the latest outdoor furnishing trends or concocting a signature summer cocktail, you can host a memorable outdoor event while still tightening your purse strings. We have 5 of the hottest tips to keep big and little guests happy this festive season without blowing the budget.

1. Seating

While it’s great to congregate around the BBQ with a brew, it’s important to make sure that you have enough seating to accommodate all of your guests as well. If your outdoor suite is looking a little tatty and new furniture isn’t in the budget, don’t be afraid to bring the indoors out. Grab your dining room chairs, bar stools or even the piano bench and create some shabby chic. Throw some pillows or poofs around to keep your guests comfortable well into the evening.

2. Lighting

No matter where you’re hosting and how you’ve decided to theme your event, lighting is an important decorative element as well as allowing you and your guests to enjoy the balmy summer evenings. Repurpose your old Christmas lights around the patio, pop some hurricane candles along the dining table or use bamboo citronella torches to illuminate the garden and discourage curious mosquitos. Pull out that 100 pack of Ikea tealight candles that are gathering dust in the cupboard and use them to light up drinking glasses, mason jars and vases. Tip: the more colourful the better!

3. Games

What’s an Australian BBQ without an excuse to get competitive? Keep big and little kids entertained with footballs and frisbees. Got some extra dollars in the kitty? Why not use the excuse to invest in that croquet or boules set you’ve been lusting after? If you’re looking for some more sedentary options, google some card games, dig out your old UNO deck, initiate some charades or a round of celebrity head.

4. Shade

Make sure your guests avoid the damaging effects of the sun and setup your dining furniture undercover. If you don’t have a covered deck or patio, invest in some colourful umbrellas for a backyard fiesta or a sleek shade sail for a more pared back contemporary solution. Heading to the park for a picnic? Don’t despair if the gazebo is occupied, roll out a picnic blanket and some cushions under a tree and soak up summer au naturale.

5. Food and drink

Last but definitely not least, food and drinks will put the biggest dent in your bank balance when hosting a summer fiesta. Food and drink stations are a great alternative to spending the afternoon sweating in front of the grill. Cheaper cuts of meat can be prepared in advance for a taco or burger bar so you have an opportunity to socialise as well as demonstrate your considerable kitchen flair. Assign fillings, taco shells, burger buns and condiments to your guests to share the food expense or throw caution to the wind, declare a pot luck and see what your guests come up with on their own!

For an impressive drinks station, go retro and pull out an old wheelbarrow, kiddie pool or pull-along wagon and fill it with ice and softdrinks. If you want to serve alcohol, whip up some of grannie’s champagne punch, try some sangria or make a bulk batch of Aperol spritzers then ask your guests to bring their own beer.

For a light and healthy party, encourage your guests to bring plenty of healthy food and drinks. They can be hydrating and help keep everyone energised. Future ehealth Leaders is a great resource for healthy food and drink idea's that the whole family will love!


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