Tips for creating a stylish and comfortable outdoor entertaining space

Fire up the barbie for a sizzling summer entertaining friends

It just wouldn’t be a Kiwi summer without backyard barbecues and outdoor family dining. There’s nothing better than sharing a meal and a laugh while the sun goes down – and creating a stylish and

comfortable space in your garden or on the patio really adds to the enjoyment.

Top of the list should be an outdoor table setting. The Warehouse has a great range for families of all sizes. Go for a set or opt for a table of your choice, then mix and match your chairs to suit your design taste. This summer, we’re seeing bold colours and graphic botanical prints coming through in outdoor styling and serving items – there’s everything from cushions and cups to plates and platters, specifically designed to be used al fresco and all reasonably priced.

Now is also a great time to update your barbecue accessories so you’re well-equipped for creating those legendary family feasts on the grill. Also, don’t forget about throwing some shade. The Kiwi summer sun can be harsh and a gazebo is a fantastic option – they even offer some light cover if the weather gods aren’t as kind and rain is on the menu.

Barbecue cleaning tip

Cleaning the barbecue can be a chore, but try this eco-friendly solution. Mix two cups of vinegar with two cups of lukewarm water. Pour onto the hotplates and grill racks, leaving for 10 minutes. Then fold some aluminium foil into a 5cm square and scrub the surfaces with a little additional vinegar mix – your barbecue will be clean in no time!

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