9 Ideas for Taking Your Outdoor Entertaining Up A Notch

Do you enjoy entertaining outside? With kids I find it’s much easier to be outside, so that the munchkins can play and use up some energy before settling down for a board game or a movie after a meal.

I also find it’s less clean up afterwards, and food to be barbecued can usually be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge.  That’s a win-win!

If you’re looking to maximise the living zones of your home, you can add an ‘extra room’ by creating an appealing outdoor cooking, entertaining and even lounging area. It can be even be used regularly, even as the weather cools down (with a bit of planning.)

Warmer weather is definitely the time to update your outdoor entertaining areas, and The Good Guys have got your covered.

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Audio-visual equipment for entertaining

1. Sonos Move

The Sonos Move brings quality audio to the party.  It is drop and weather resistant, and is easily controlled by voice command, Sonos app or Bluetooth.

It is battery powered, and you simply sit it in the charging base as required. You could even take it for a weekend away, and it is built to withstand extreme temperatures, dust, UV, salt spray, snow and humidity.

And the Sonos Move has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built in, so you can check the news, weather and more.

Sonos Move
Sonos Move, $649

2. Linsar 50” 4K UHD LED TV

This large 50″ Linsar television (with a small price tag) is perfect for an outdoor movie night.  Ultra high definition will ensure the screening is crystal clear.

You can connect an Apple TV or Google Chromecast to stream from your phone or streaming subscriptions, and if you don’t have a waterproof area to mount the TV, you can keep it on a trolley to wheel away at the end of the show.

3. Phillips Hue

Make sure you’ve got adequate lighting!  The Philips Hue Outdoor Strip Lighting can be controlled to suit the occasion (I bet you could even make it double as Christmas lights!).

It can be paired with the Philips Hue app, controlled remotely to produce white and coloured lights, and set on a timer.

If you want to take your lighting to the next level, connect Phillips Hue products to the Phillips Hue Bridge, which can control multiple lights at once to achieve a cohesive result.

Phillips Hue Strip Light
Phillips Hue, $209

Best BBQs for home

There are multiple types of BBQ on the market, including electric BBQs gas BBQs and outdoor cooking stations.

When choosing a BBQ, consider:

  • Any limitations of the space in which the BBQ will be housed;
  • Whether you want a portable BBQ, for example to take camping; and
  • How many people you regularly expect to cook for.

4. Weber Pulse 2000

The electric Weber Pulse BBQ is ideal for city living, where the space may be too enclosed for cooking with gas or charcoal, or size restrictions.

With the Weber Pulse 2000 you can set different temperatures on the plates for different foods, and achieve beautifully barbecued meals every time.

There is even a corresponding app, so you can get precise information about the BBQ’s core temperature, and temperature of steaks with the inbuilt iGrill technology. No more burnt meat!

5. Weber Q Titanium LPG

Cook for up to 10 people with the Weber Q. It is compact and portable enough to take on holidays, and can be adapted to work as an oven (with additional parts required), or you can replace one grill plate with a hot plate (sold separately) for even more cooking options.

The Weber Q super easy to light and get cooking with a push-button spark igniter, and it can easily be set up on a suitable pre-existing surface for cooking, or you can add the additional Weber Q Patio Cart.

6. Weber Family Q Titanium NG

If you want the quality and ease of use of a Weber, but don’t need it to be portable, the Weber Family Q Titanium NG will feed a family sized army.

And because you connect it to your home’s natural gas supply, you will never be running to your local service station for a fresh gas bottle at the last minute.

Weber Family Q Titanium Ng
Weber Family Q Titanium NG, $819

7. Barbecue Accessories

When you barbecue, don’t forget you’ll need barbecue accessories! There are a range of barbecue accessories available, including covers, tools and extra plates and trays.

Best food storage for outdoor entertaining

Complete your outdoor entertaining area with a bar fridge or wine fridge to keep your drinks, and food, cool. Then you can serve straight from the fridge, or let your barbecue food marinade right next to the cook.

8. ChiQ 92L Bar Fridge

The ChiQ 92L bar fridge will be your best friend entertaining, but isn’t using any extra power or space then needed when you don’t have guests!  It can slot into a corner of your outdoor kitchen or garage neatly.

9. Salt 190L Outdoor Beverage Centre

The Salt Outdoor Beverage Centre is perfect as your dedicated entertaining area drinks fridge. It’s got plenty of space for adults and kids drinks, and you can easily check the contents with the clear doors – no more staring into the fridge with the door open wondering what to choose.

Salt 190l Outdoor Beverage Centre
Salt 190L Outdoor Beverage Centre, $1198

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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