We are all action stations here at the studio this afternoon as we finish the last of the set up for our end of year tradie BBQ! This year we are throwing an afternoon event as a massive thank you to all the trades we have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years. We’ve always appreciated all the hard work our tradies put into bringing our visions to life, and thought a big aussie BBQ would be the perfect way to say thanks.
So just as we have enjoyed all the planning and setting up for our new studio’s first event, we thought we would share some of our essentials for the perfect summer BBQ –
1.The Outdoor Cooking Space –
Creating a beautiful outdoor kitchen space is a must have in our Australian climate. Utilising hard wearing finishes such as concrete or natural stone, can be a great way to create a visual blend from the outdoors in. Integrating fridge space, cook tops and sinks into your outdoor cooking design means you’ll have no need to leave your outdoor escape.
2. The Seating –
Seating is your next essential, whether it’s outdoor dinning or some built in benches, offering a range of seating options is a great way to cater to all or any style of outdoor entertaining. We love the way concrete can be formed in thick slabs around landscapes elements to allow for casual sitting space if need be.
3. The Social Nooks –
It’s so important that you create a diverse array of seating options grouped together around your space to craft varying moments of interaction. Or as we like to call them – social nooks. This allows you to manipulate areas of both pause, and chaos (the good sort!) for all types of people. So whether it’s a large group catch up or a lounge to relax, offering variety to your guests is key to allowing for everyone’s needs.
4. The Gourmet Snacks –
Your next step – the food! This is totally up to you and can be crafted to the whatever time of day or type of event you desire. So whether is a grazing table filled with gourmet horderves or a make your own taco station, presentation is always key! Ensure the styling of the eatables suits the overall theme of your occasion.
5. The Beverage Station –
Our favorite step of all – the drinks! Definitely an essential to any occasion, and we think this is always an area you can get creative with. Try a unique form of ice bucket, a beautiful glassware arrangement or just mix things up with the style of beverages you are serving!
6. The Lighting –
Last but not least, your form of lighting. Often the last thought when it comes to event planning, but it you think your afternoon BBQ might easily roll into the night its definitely something to plan for. There are so many stunning ways to create a sense of ambiance through the right lighting choice. We love the latest edition to the outdoor area of our studio – a black string of fairy lights.