How To Keep Your Outdoor Dining Space Comfortable in Summer
11th January, 2022
Install an outdoor kitchen!
With an outdoor kitchen you can have a practical way to prepare food while also being able to socialise with your guests. It will also save many trips to and from the kitchen to top up food and drinks. Keeping your guests satisfied has never been so convenient!
Provide enough space
If the space is intended for just your immediate family, you won’t need a lot of chairs and tables. But if you love inviting guests over, you might need a bigger space and more seating options. If you’re entertaining regularly, opt for an outdoor sofa over individual chairs.
Keep the salads, sauces and drinks chilled
The summer heat can be pretty unforgiving, causing your food to go bad or the drinks to be lukewarm. Avoid this by setting up the food and drinks station away from direct sunlight, or ensuring your table is set up under a covered area. The best option is to store everything in a bar fridge, or alternatively, keeping a cooler filled with ice to store juices, beer bottles and pre-mixed cocktails.
Protect from the elements
Though enjoying the summer breeze is fun, baking beneath the sun is not. Make sure you have protective covers to provide both the guests and the food some shade. Install large umbrellas or retractable awnings; you can use them both during sunny and rainy days.
Keep the bugs away
Insects buzzing around are both annoying and unhygienic. Thankfully, it’s easy enough to prevent them from ruining your day. Mesh food coverings are great for preventing flies from getting in your food. Try placing citronella candles on the tables; they are decorative, smell nice and help keep the insects at bay. You can also include insect-repelling herbs in your centrepieces, such as lavender, which deters moths, flies and mosquitoes.