Winter is already here and what does that mean? Cold days, colder nights and lots of time spent eating! Winter isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a little dire when the sunlight raises later and sets earlier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain outdoors!
SEQ Patio Group has put together a quick list for you to keep your guests entertained during the colder months and make sure they’re having fun!
Avoiding winter is not possible, but thankfully in Australia, we only have to put up with the cold season for 6-8 weeks (especially in the sunshine state). Often people will think that winter means entertaining indoors only, but this doesn’t have to be the case! A good electric bar heater fixed to the roof of your patio or a quality clay bowl for a small fire is a great idea if you love spending time outside on your patio.
Keep it simple
Most people think you need a lot of things to entertain outdoors. At SEQ Patio Group, we like to keep it simple. There are really only three things that you need for any outdoor entertainment. Obviously, a BBQ is one. This is essential, no matter if it’s summer or winter. A bar fridge is also needed to keep your beverages nice and cool while you sit back, relax and enjoy a laugh with your friends and family. And don’t forget the comfortable seating!
It’s definitely true that foods are seasonal. You probably wouldn’t feel that comfortable sitting down for a bowl of hot soup in the middle of a scorching summer day, but it’d feel right at home on a winter’s night. When entertaining, it’s important to cook according to the seasons. Hearty roasts with lots of veggies, soups with fresh dipping bread and stews are crowd pleasers. They’ll be easy to prepare and have everyone feeling full and satiated for hours after dinner is finished.
Make it feel warm
Outdoor furniture is designed to be rugged and durable, but that often means there isn’t much support for when you’re sitting down for hours on end. Adding outdoor cushions and a rug can make all the difference to the setting of your outdoor entertaining area. It’ll make the setting homely, warm and allow people to feel more relaxed. Even having some blankets ready for guests will transform the setting and make them feel right at home.
If you’re looking to build a patio in Brisbane, your outdoor entertainment area can be utilised all year round – not just in summer. Shying away from the cold means that you’re not getting your money’s worth out of the investment. Try some of these tips out to keep your guests entertained during winter. You’ll likely realise that it’s actually just as much fun as summer, plus there’s no sweating involved (unless your favourite footy team is losing)!
SEQ Patio Group is a local family business that specialises in building outdoor living spaces, patios, pergolas and carports. We’ve got over 40 years of experience in building and project management, so you can rest assured we will deliver exactly you want! Contact us on 0439 436 624 or use our online contact form!