It’s prime al fresco dining season, and there’s no better luxury for a summertime dinner party than at your very own outdoor kitchen. After all, why should you waste precious time with your dear friends running inside and out when you can prepare and serve your food right at the scene?
When picking the design for your outdoor kitchen, keep the décor simple, with pure functionality in mind. If possible, limit your outdoor appliances’ exposure to the elements by keeping them below an upper-level porch or balcony, or even inside a gazebo. Don’t skimp on selecting high-quality stainless steel that’s both easy to clean and corrosive resistant. Avoid tile and limestone, as the winter freeze will do a number on these materials.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with decorating. Try paper lanterns surrounding your dining area to give off an exotic aura. Colorful or tropical throw pillows will appear warm and welcoming to your guests. Add plenty of flowers and other types of plants as well to truly invoke a “great outdoors” atmosphere.
While everyone loves a backyard barbeque, get as creative as you can with the menu. For instance, even when the temperatures are warm, everyone loves a piping hot pizza. You can build or buy a wood-fired outdoor pizza oven to put right on your patio and serve up a rare and delicious treat for your family and friends every Saturday night. A fire pit can provide the perfect cozy environment as well, and s’mores roasted right over the flames can be the perfect dessert.