Outdoor Entertaining Areas

Outdoor entertaining: get ready for BBQ season

Set yourself up for easy entertaining outdoors
Brigid Arnott

Embrace the great outdoors with a clever space for entertaining.

Outdoor barbecue
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)


Glass doors from this home’s open-plan living area lead directly to an alfresco entertaining space, complete with comfortable all-weather wicker chairs (try Pottery Barn for similar) and a built-in Beefeater ‘Signature’ barbecue. 

Outdoor entertaining space
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Outdoor room

Create an outdoor room with a well-equipped barbecue area, including all of the creature comforts you enjoy indoors. Invest in a quality outdoor sofa with comfortable seating, and complete the look with throws and cushions. Don’t forget to include a couple of occasional tables for perching drinks.

Outdoor entertaining space
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Outdoor entertaining is a breeze thanks to a large table from Clickon Furniture and replica Tolix chairs, plus built-in benches that deliver extra seating when required. Laser-cut ‘Marakesh’ screens from Chippy’s add a decorative edge – as well as shade – overhead. 

Outdoor barbecue
(Credit: Derek Swalwell)

Easy entertaining

This deck area epitomises the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. A servery  between the kitchen and barbecue area allows drinks, salads and supplies to be passed out mid-party. Meanwhile, yellow stringybark boards, the same material used for the kitchen and flooring, enclose the barbecue. The wooden beams are painted in Dulux Namadji.

Outdoor entertaining area
(Credit: Chris Warnes)

Keep it cool

Outdoor refrigerators cost more than indoor versions, but they work extra hard at performing in all weather conditions. 

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