Outdoor Entertaining Tips

In Clever Tips by Clever Dick

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about enjoying the warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Whether you’re hosting a casual BBQ with friends or a long Sunday lunch with family, these outdoor entertaining tips are sure to inspire you!



Preparation is Key

Start by preparing your outdoor entertaining area for guests the day before your event. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges and clean the area.

Setting up a small storage area outside can make things easier during your party. If you don’t already have an outdoor kitchen, you can set one up easily by bringing a cabinet, storage piece or bench outside.

Once your outdoor storage area is ready, fill it with everything you’ll need! Extra napkins, cutlery and crockery are a great start! Other necessities such as a bottle opener and BBQ utensils are convenient to have stored near the entertaining area. This leaves more time for you to enjoy your event.




Keep Bugs off the Guest List

Candles can provide more than just ambiance to your party. Nowadays you don’t need ugly and obtrusive bug repellents to keep those pesky mosquitos and flies away. Citronella candles and flares can even be a great added decoration to any outdoor party or BBQ.

If you’re going to be serving food outdoors, it is also important to have a plan to cover it when people aren’t actively serving themselves. There are some great-value and stylish food covers at most homewares stores and supermarkets.




Entertain Like a Pro

As much as the adults will relish a laid-back evening, any children at your event will be aching for entertainment and activities. Outdoor games and board games brought outside will keep the kids entertained for hours!

Setting up lawn games such as horseshoes and croquet will inspire some old-fashioned fun for the kids and the adults. On those balmy evenings, water activities provide the perfect relief for the kids. Setting up an area for water balloons or a sprinkler will keep the kids cool, active and entertained for hours.


Create and Maintain the Ultimate Entertaining Area

The deck or patio is one of the areas that gets a lot of use during the warmer months. These areas are the perfect place for family and friends to gather. However, decks and patios can become weathered and require some maintenance.

Before using the deck as an entertaining haven, have someone at Clever Dick come over to inspect that all is ok. Perhaps all a deck needs is a fresh coat of oil, while a patio may need some high pressure washing or minor repairs. Our main goal is to get your outdoor entertaining area ready for the summer season and ensure that every gathering will be safe and fun.

To lift your entertaining area, staining your deck is a relatively easy task that creates a big impact. A stained finish also provides a layer of protection and sheen to your deck, protecting it from the exposed elements.


If there is anything Clever Dick can do to help get your place ready for entertaining and for any other queries, please give us a call on 1300 CLEVER (1800 253 837).