Christmas is just around the corner and if you live in Adelaide you’re possibly planning to spend Christmas Day in your outdoor living area. After all, where else would you want to be to relax and entertain on Christmas Day? But, if you really want to do it in style, you’ll need to start planning now, with these tips from Outside Concepts.
5 tips for spending Christmas in your Adelaide outdoor living area
No one wants to share their lunch with a spider, so our first tip is an easy one: give your Adelaide outdoor living area a really good clean, from top to bottom. Remove all the cobwebs (sorry Mr Spider), dust, dirt and grime a few days before Christmas Day. On the morning, just give everything a quick wipe down and you’ll be well on your way to making your outdoor area an appealing one.
You decorate inside and put lights outsides, so don’t forget to decorate your outdoor living area, particularly if you’ll be entertaining in the evening. There’s no need to go over-the-top like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation; a string of fairy or icicle lights, votive candles or an outside Christmas tree may be all you need.
Also put a bit of thought into your table decorations for the big day. Simple advice is to choose a colour and stick with it, in your tablecloth, serviettes, bon-bons and any other table decorations.
Adelaide can get hot around this time of the year so it pays to think about ways of keeping your family or guests cool. Shade is particularly important. If your Adelaide outdoor living area doesn’t have a roof, consider purchasing an umbrella or two. Long-term, awnings and outdoor blinds are well worth investing in. Also think about cooling devices like portable or ceiling fans, misting systems or portable evaporative coolers.
Traipsing from your Adelaide outdoor living area to your kitchen and back again a dozen or more times is hardly a relaxing way to spend Christmas Day, so think about what food you’ll serve. Salads that can be made ahead, foods you can microwave to heat up and meat you can put in your oven (or barbecue) and practically forget are the way to go. Also consider using throw-away plates and bowls. Yes, it’s not particularly great for the environment but it will save a load of cleaning on the day.
If you’re not lucky enough to have an outdoor fridge, another tip is to use an esky and ice to keep drinks cold. Like the food, it will save you heading indoors regularly to top up.
Most of all, make this Christmas Day in your Adelaide outdoor living area as relaxing as you can. It only rolls around once a year, so it pays to plan ahead and enjoy the day with family and friends.