Outdoor Rooms

GET READY FOR SUMMER

There is an art to entertaining, whether you do it indoors or out. While the level of artistry may be the same, there’s something different about entertaining outdoors. With the sun warming your skin, the breeze whipping your hair and the scent of freshly mown grass mingling with the aroma of barbecue or wood-fired cooking, can you imagine a more relaxing setting? At night it’s a different kind of magic, with ambient lighting creating a fairyland vibe and the stars providing a twinkling canopy.

Most entertaining outside involves the cooking and serving of a meal and it really doesn’t matter what you have in mind. It could be a big group gathered around a table sharing food from large platters and bowls; it could be a buffet service; or it could be a restaurant-style, sit-down meal. Somehow, alfresco food just seems to taste better and cooking it doesn’t seem such a chore.

GET COOKING

It doesn’t matter if it’s a trolley model or slimline model built into a sleek benchtop, it wouldn’t be an outdoor celebration without a barbecue. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a barbecue is size. John McGran, of Lifestyle BBQs, says: “Think about the maximum number of guests you plan on having on a regular basis and make sure you have enough cooking capacity to

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