So, you’ve decided to take on the role of holiday host this Christmas.

Playing the part of the party host is a difficult way to spend the festive season, but one that’s incredibly rewarding once you get to see the enjoyment of your guests appreciating the hard work you’ve put in. With that said, before you get to stretch out and appreciate your efforts, you first have to put in the work.

To help you through the blood, sweat and cheers of festive forethought, here’s our guide to preparing your patio for the perfect party!

Food Comes First

As anyone who has sat uncomfortably hungry at a party knows, food is one of the most important factors of keeping people in the festive spirit. So, in true Australian fashion, now is the perfect time to update your barbecuing arsenal. However, with the wide variety of outdoor cooking options available to you, which should you go for? Your options include:

Infrared

While not as well-known as more traditional varieties, an infrared BBQ offers the efficiency of a gas system with the power of charcoal. These setups may be more difficult to find in stores, but if you’re dedicated to a fantastic feast, they will certainly get the job done.

Gas

Whilst a gas system may seem like the more expensive option, with charcoal BBQs generally going for a lower price tag, the comparative affordability and efficiency of gas canisters over bags of charcoal makes them an excellent option.

Additionally, the ability to easily alter temperature allows you to make meals that are more complex than the usual grilled meat staples. So, depending on your culinary determination, a gas barbecue may be the perfect fit.

Patio Preparations

Especially for those that live close to the city, having enough backyard space to comfortably host an outdoor celebration is unfortunately out of reach. However, that doesn’t mean all is lost, it just means that you need to make the most of the space that you have.

Think about how you can gain additional space by moving furniture, shifting potted plants out of the way and adding just enough seating and table space for the number of people you’re looking to invite. While guests may not necessarily be able to recline and stretch out, a fun party environment will make the cramped confines more than worth it.

The Elemental Essentials

No matter how much planning you’ve put into food and fun, the weather is always going to be one of the major factors in how successful an outdoor event is. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to prevent guests burning to a crisp in the summer air.

For example, if you have enough space to facilitate it, hiring a marquee will allow you to beat the heat while setting up a fantastic place for people to convene and converse throughout the day. This may put some additional strain on your festivity budget, but if it saves your guests from becoming more cooked than your steaks, it will definitely be a valuable investment.

So, there you have it! Being a host is always going to be tricky, but for those that are willing to put in the effort, it’s sure to be worth the wait.

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