It’s that time of year again! Wheel out the barbie and invite your friends over for some quality outdoor dining. An incredible BBQ requires great prep – food, setting and most importantly a bit of shade - but with these fabulous entertaining tips and essentials you’ll be more than ready for a season of good times and great tucker!
We Australians have a love of the BBQ that is unparalleled. We have embraced it as a staple in our households, and Aussie cuisine reflects this: quickly grilled meats and vegetables, salads and sauces. It’s an easy way to eat simply and healthily. So it’s no surprise that many homes own more than one Barbie. There’s your typical inbuilt BBQ, usually outdoors in the garden, or the larger portable BBQ with side trays and rotisserie. And let’s not forget the Webber. If you are looking for a BBQ, you won’t have any trouble finding one to suit your needs!
A great Barbie needs some great utensils for flipping burgers, turning steaks and poking sausages. The best way to ensure you have all the things you need is to equip yourself with a ready-made kit. Some even come with cleaning equipment especially designed for removing the most stubborn chargrilled leftovers from your BBQ when you’ve finished grilling.
The BBQ isn’t just for summer, but due to the smoke and sizzle of a typical BBQ, and its position - usually in the garden – most people tend to enjoy their BBQ outdoors. It’s a good idea to have a table setting that is conducive to being in the garden, where things are more likely to get broken. But outdoor dining doesn’t have to look cheap and ugly: plastic and melamine cutlery, glassware and plates come in a wonderful array of cool designs for the style conscious.
Fairy lights along the deck railing, lanterns hanging from overhead trees or solar powered lights dotted around the garden are all great ways to incorporate lighting into a BBQ area. If using or installing lighting outdoors ensure you have employed a qualified electrician to do the work for you.
Get Set to Sizzle
Don’t get caught out in the sun this summer! If you don’t have an already built pergola or verandah, you can still keep you and your guests protected from the sun’s rays with a gorgeous big umbrella or sail. These fabric shields are a much more economical alternative to an awning and the fabric can be as classic or as colourful as you like.
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• From small portable BBQs to large, permanent installations, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a BBQ to suit your lifestyle.
• Be ready to cook with some fabulous BBQ utensils and good cleaning equipment to care for your barbie.
•Today’s dining ware and napery for outdoor entertaining comes in an incredible range of designs. Keep an eye out for something stylish for your next al fresco party.
• Outdoor lighting can add a magical touch to your BBQ area. A qualified electrician can install lights that will be appropriate for outside.
•Protect yourself from the sun with a cool, bright umbrella or a classic sail
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