The sun is out, which can only mean two things: beach and BBQs. If you’re lucky to have an outdoor space in your home, now is the time to make full use of it and make sure you have these basics covered before you start hosting your friends.

Lighting

First of all, make sure to focus on functionality and install decent wall-mounted lighting to light up your BBQ area. The lighting needs to be positioned in a way that illuminates the food well so that it can be cooked properly.

Have a think about the ambience as well — once you’re done cooking your food and you’re relaxing with a drink or two, it’s nice to dim the lights for a more chill atmosphere. Consider buying fairy lights (no, not multicoloured ones) and spread them around the area to provide that feel of cosiness and warmth.

Mosquito Repellent

One of our number one problems during BBQs are those dratted mosquitoes, leaving bite marks all over our body, and slathering insect repellent is not ideal as it leaves your skin feeling clammy. Take care of your guests by investing in a mosquito killer in the form of an electric lamp. If you feel that the sizzling sound of burning mosquitoes detracts from the fun atmosphere, invest in a few large citronella candles instead. Their flickering light might even help add to the atmosphere.

Space

If space is restricted, invest in a narrow, long table with benches instead of chairs as benches fit a lot more people than chairs can. Besides, once not in use they can easily fit beneath the table, taking up no space whatsoever.

On the other hand, if you have a larger area, consider creating a lounge area to relax apart from a formal table and chairs to eat. Having a couple of drinks on a few bean bags or a sofa is a great way to chill after eating your heart out. Bold colours are currently in style so consider some vivid cushions for this area.

Greenery

A few pots can make your area look infinitely better. Invest in succulent plants such as cacti which would not require a lot of maintenance. Why not leave a set of herb pots here? You’ll be sure to use them while preparing your food for the BBQ, and a set of personally designed pots can go a long way to brightening up your BBQ area.

© 2017 – VIDA Magazine – Amy Webb 

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