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You’re 5 steps away from an amazing outdoor space

After snuggling up to the TV remote and a box of Favourites for the last couple of seasons, the time has come to leave hibernation. The weather is warming up and that can mean only one thing – it’s finally time to get some sun. That said, there’s no need to travel to change up your scenery – all you need is a few fresh outdoor entertaining ideas. Whether you’ve got a spacious backyard or a tiny balcony, we’ve got a creative styling idea to inspire you. (Even if the only people you’ll be entertaining at home are your housemates and the cat.) Keep reading for five simple styling ideas guaranteed to elevate your next garden party or open air family dinner.

Create an alfresco living room

If you’re planning on spending warm evenings in the yard, consider investing in outdoor furniture, backyard decor and some equally stylish dinnerware. Seating is a must – choose from a sofa, armchairs, bean bags or floor cushions. Next, add a durable coffee table for resting food and drinks. Finish off with a weatherproof rug to pull the space together.

Try Bed Bath N' Table, Kmart and Farmers.

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Get serious about lighting

Only one thing can improve a balmy night spent nursing a glass of wine on the patio – soft, summery lighting. Solar powered garden lights are an environmentally-friendly option that delivers on ambience. Fairy lights are easy to rig up in small spaces. Top tip: Stock up on citronella candles to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Try Typo, Bed Bath & Table, JB Hi-Fi.

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Invest in a bar cart

Fact: Sundowners are best served with a side of fresh air. Stock a wheeled bar trolley with refreshments, snacks and bar ware, ready to direct it onto your deck. Then, when the mood hits, all you’ll need to do is grab a bottle and head outside. Not a drinker? Keep limes, sugar and seltzer on hand for easy mocktail margaritas.

Try Kmart and Farmers.

Add a so-hot-right-now fire pit

A guaranteed conversation starter amongst any crowd, fire pits make for a dramatic centerpiece. Even better, they deliver on practicality, creating ambience and warmth wherever you place them. If itSome can even be used as a grill. Bonus: They’re great for Smores parties so be sure to stock up on marshmallows and chocolate, too.

Try Kmart and JB Hi-Fi.

Take family game night outdoors

Make the most of long summer evenings by taking Scrabble and Monopoly out onto the deck. You’ll need portable lighting (keeping score by candlelight is chic), and an assortment of plush cushions, throws and blankets to make things comfortable. Add a smart home speaker and mood music to take things up a level.

Try Kmart and JB Hi-Fi.

Image source: @bose available at JB Hi-Fi.

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