Hosting a BBQ In Your Outdoor Space


With summer fast on the approach, it may be the time to dust off the BBQ and gather your family and friends for a spot of alfresco dining. We've put together all the advice you need to transform your outdoor space into an area fit for entertaining guests. 

Preparation is key

Start as you mean to go on and take the day to set up and ensure you don’t forget anything. In the morning, set up the area with seating for the guests, food tables and handy bins to keep the place clean, and don’t forget to clean up the BBQ in advance.  This will ensure everything is in shape for when the guests arrive and you can enjoy the day stress-free. 

Drinks on arrival 

If you want to be the host with the most, ensure you have a tipple on hand to impress your guests with,  a classic English summer favourite like Pimms or an ever popular Aperol Spritz will do the trick. Furthermore, be sure to set up cool boxes for beers, wines and soft drinks to keep cool throughout the day. 

Table design

A good table decor can easily be the star of the show and can transform your outdoor space into a 5-star dining area. Decorate by stringing bunting or fairy lights from your wall or fence. For the table decor,  it’s a good idea to stick to a colour scheme, and use matching serving bowls, plates and cutlery to tie the theme together. For a finishing touch, decorate your table with a floral centrepiece. 

Entertainment

To keep your guests entertained while you’re busy playing chef, it is a good idea to invest in some garden games, think bowls or even Twister. If your space is smaller, finding the right summer playlist can help set the mood and keep guests entertained.  

Our Shared Ownership homes at Southwood Mews, Farnbrough benefit from private gardens, while homes at Vodion, Hackney Wick boast private balconies and terraces, meaning a spot of al fresco dining is always on the cards. 

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