There is a lot to be said of the effect that sitting in a yard and enjoying the fresh air and outdoor space with friends and family can have on whatever short periods you spend with your loved ones. Therefore, it is vital that, when presented with the opportunity, you endeavour to create the most hospitable outdoor space you can.
Despite its undeniable appeal, there is one significant drawback to entertaining in your backyard. That is having to contend with the elements. Chief among these concerns is how to deal with the cold once the sun has set.
So, if you are wondering how to entertain into the evening while ensuring the utmost comfort for your family and guests, here are three practical backyard additions to consider.
Outdoor Pizza Oven
Woodfired pizza ovens are not a new concept. The only difference is that their use is no longer exclusive to restaurants. There are ever more homeowners are taking advantage of having one of these devices in their homes every day. And you should too.
A primary benefit of owning an outdoor pizza oven is the prospect of unlimited pizza. Having one allows you to enjoy your favourite pizzas at any time, giving you the freedom to try new combinations. In addition to the pizza, you can also explore the preparation of various foods to suit your palate.
Beyond cooking, using a woodfired pizza oven in your backyard also has an added advantage. It works very well as a heat source. So you can use it as a focal point around which you invite your guests to gather. There, you can all enjoy the lively atmosphere created in a gathering where people huddle together to eat good food and enjoy the warmth from the oven at the same time. Besides, you can’t deny that the aesthetics will also be awe-inspiring.
Outdoor pizza ovens are the ultimate example of versatile, low-maintenance backyard additions that will serve you well while impressing your guests.
When you are entertaining in your backyard, the evening chill compels you to start distributing blankets to your guests. However, doing so may sometimes prompt them to start taking their leave. So, if you are loathe to interrupt the goings-on but need a more subtle method of providing comfort, why not consider an outdoor heater?
Outdoor heaters come in a wide range of styles and designs, utilising different energy sources. You can opt for a free-standing or wall insert wood heater to provide an authentic rustic and cosy atmosphere, thus creating the essence of home in your outdoor space.
Alternatively, you can select a gas heater. This type also has wall-embedded and free-standing models, although they exude a more elegant or contemporary feel. However, the primary advantage of using a gas heater is providing warmth and visual stimulation without having to deal with smoke or a difficult lighting process.
Thus, outdoor heaters can be the secret to quietly inviting your guests to stay longer.
Use lights to create ambience. Stringing fairy lights around various objects in strategic positions can help you create a fairy-tale feel in your backyard that will illuminate the area while boosting your guests’ moods.
Alternatively, you can also opt for hanging lanterns or outdoor lamps. They will be just as effective in lighting up your backyard enough to prevent accidents while encouraging guests to enjoy the backyard space.
The formula to successful evening outdoor entertaining is the presence of heat and light. These two allow you to create a cosy, inviting space that your guests will enjoy just as much as any indoor area.