Gardens have forever been the epicenter of family activities. It's where the best times of family gatherings can occur. Whether you’re enjoying a succulent barbecue meal, or just playing with the children and enjoying a nice chilled drink, gardens should be designed for such occasions. It's not as simple as one might think because garden gatherings require some special preparations. Think about the different stages of the day, and how you might be able to best serve your family and friends so the atmosphere never dampens. Of course the two most important things will be to make sure you have plenty of food and cold drinks, lots of variety and choices for picky eaters. Then you will need to compliment the garden with things that make the day comfortable such as furniture and clothing items. Lastly, design a space where the children can play safely and enjoy themselves too.
Garden Gathering: A Hot Day Out In The Sun
Protection From Above
Children’s skin is sensitive to the hot naked sun, so try to make a place where children can play safely. Sandpits can get very hot in just a few minutes, so to prevent the kids from burning themselves put some shade sails over their play area. These can be easily erected in just a few minutes, attached to various things and due to the strong but dense fabric they can easily stretch over an area quite wide. Always have some kind of activity that involves water ready for the kids. It helps to cool them down but they also have fun. A water gun fight or perhaps a water balloon battle in the backyard would do the trick.
It's All About Taste
What makes garden gatherings special is the fresh food. Some items can be prepared beforehand such as mini quiches, spring rolls and the old but gold chip n’ dip. However for a brilliant gathering out in sun, you need some kind of barbecue food. Food which can be eaten hot or cold but cooked on a grill is especially going to go down well. Take for example the classic Italian sausage and peppers. Sweet and or spicy sausage can be cooked on the grill but if it's cured then anyone can eat it cold also. It goes well with roasted peppers and french fries. It's hot, so you should always have plenty of cold and tasty ice cream on hand. Mix in some refrigerated cool fruit with the ice cream and you’ve got a hit.
Maybe once upon a time, the old pvc deck chair would do nicely for sitting outside in the garden. However, to make it a real gathering, incorporate some real plush seating such as a rattan half moon sofa. This kind of design is superb for family gatherings as it can face inward toward the center where a fire pit may be housed. The support is wicker, but the cushion covers are made high quality cotton that breathes in the heat. The cushions themselves are made of dual density foam, so you sink into the chair but it bounces right back when you get up.
A hot day in the sun, surrounded by family and friends is what life is all about. Hot and cold scrumptious food, with activities for the kids to enjoy, along with comfortable seating, completes the needs of every person attending.
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