There’s nothing better than savouring the summer weather and enjoying a meal al fresco in the comfort of your own backyard. It’s also an ideal space to share with a few friends watching the sun go down while keeping everyone’s plate and glass topped up. As the temperature continues to soar, we offer some tips to elevate your entertaining and keep your guests refreshed and inspired with a beautifully designed backyard experience.
SET THE SCENE
Just as you would design a beautifully cohesive space in the home, keep the look of your backyard summer soiree consistent by sticking with an overarching theme. Rather than getting all new dinnerware to match, choose a colour palette that works with what you have and makes a tasteful statement that suits your style. Consider a monochrome colour scheme for an on-trend look, and mix sleek and modern with rustic pieces for a playful contrast that matches the carefree feeling of the season.
EASY DOES IT
While your guests are enjoying themselves outside, you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen labouring over a complex, multi-course dinner or 12-step cocktail recipe. So make the menu as simple as possible and try to do as much preparation as you can beforehand. Keep the party, and the heat, outside by using your grill rather than the oven.
REFRESH AND REPEAT
Keep your guests cool and quenched with an assortment of refreshing drinks on hand. Focus on fresh by blending your own fruit juice, and using real lemons to give your lemonade or iced tea the perfect amount of zing. Add some wow to the water with fresh cucumber, berries or citrus slices. And bring out your inner mixologist with a few summer cocktails that will have your guests coming back for more.
LIGHT IT UP
Don’t wait for the moon and stars to light up the night. Extend the party past dusk with a selection of design-savvy lighting options. From simple lanterns and candles to solar-powered garden lamps, you can put your guests in a flattering light all evening long. Or get a little more festive and wrap tree trunks in simple white string lights for an enchanted garden party vibe.
SOUNDTRACK TO SAVOUR
Make it a feast for the ears as well, with a perfectly curated playlist chosen with your guests’ tastes in mind. Keep it classy with a little instrumental jazz music during the dinner to encourage conversation, and then kick it up a notch afterwards with a selection of everyone’s favourite summer jams. Consider wireless speakers that you can bring outside or dedicated outdoor speakers for more frequent entertaining.
Nothing ruins a perfectly designed backyard party faster than uninvited pests. Keep mosquitoes off the guest list, and off your guests, with a selection of bug deterring techniques that won’t spoil your overall aesthetic. Keep the war on bugs natural and beautiful by planting some rosemary in the garden, close to the seating areas. Keep the lawn neatly trimmed and get rid of any standing water. Fill decorative lanterns with citronella candles for a stylish solution to pest control. And if the first lines of defense fail, be sure to have some bug spray or plant-based lotion on hand.