How to Eat Your Christmas Dinner Outdoors
So, you’re the host of the Christmas celebrations this year, and you’ve been playing around with the idea of taking the party outdoors.
At Cotswold Teak, we’re big fans of spending as much time as we can outside. We’re here to help you feel as comfortable as possible when dining outdoors - even on Christmas Day!
We’re going to be giving you tips on how to not only host an incredible Christmas bash this year, but how to do so with comfort and ease. Read on to discover how to eat your Christmas dinner outdoors…
How to prepare for an outdoor Christmas dinner
The pressure can be overwhelming if you’re the host of a Christmas soiree - even if it is just close family that are coming over to celebrate! However, fear not. We’ve prepared some guidance to help.
Do as much as you can in advance to avoid stress on Christmas Day
There’s nothing worse than feeling overwhelmed when it comes to an occasion such as the pressure of hosting a Christmas dinner.
So, if you’re planning on dining alfresco this year, prepare in advance. Consider everything you think that you may need to feel as comfortable as possible.
This could be additional cushioning for your seating arrangements, a parasol to shelter you and your guests from cold drafts and rain, or even something as simple as ensuring that you have everything you need set out (such as cutlery), to avoid having to traipse back and forth to fetch items.
Ensure that you have garden furniture to host a Christmas dinner
At Cotswold Teak, we offer a wide selection of solid teak garden furniture sets, so you’ll have no problem finding the perfect match for you. And the best part is, they’re suitable for all-year-round use - so you’ll never have to worry about hosting an uncomfortable dinner party ever again!
For inspiration purposes, we’ve taken a couple of great examples from our selection that would be perfect for hosting dinner parties. See below for more.
Round Solid Teak 4 Seater Table with Grisdale Chairs Garden Set
For intimate dinner parties, our Round Solid Teak 4 Seater Table with Grisdale Chairs Garden Set would be a fantastic choice.
The Grisdale set boasts a contemporary circular design and it includes 4 beautiful matching Grisdale chairs - a truly timeless feature for any outdoor area.
Additionally, the table includes a centre hole should you fancy adding a parasol. If you’re looking for an intimate high-quality seating arrangement that beautifully slots into any environment - the Grisdale is a superb option to consider!
Extending Oval Solid Teak 8 Seater Table with Malvern Chairs Garden Set
If a larger addition would be more suitable for your lifestyle, an extending option may be of more use to you. Introducing our gorgeous Extending Oval Solid Teak 8 Seater Table with Malvern Chairs Garden Set.
The Extending Oval Solid Teak 8 Seater Table with Malvern Chairs Garden Set makes for a stunning focal point to any outdoor space, thanks to its traditional design and beautiful oval shape detailing. The table is fully extendable, allowing up to 8 people to dine spaciously and comfortably with one another.
It’s worth mentioning that this set also includes a centre hole for parasols, so shelter and protection from UV rays (even through the wintertime) is always an option when you have this beautiful set in your garden.
Decide where your cooking station will be
There is absolutely nothing wrong with cooking your Christmas dinner indoors and then bringing it outdoors. Many choose to do this. However, have you ever thought about firing up the BBQ instead?
If you’ve been yearning for an excuse to use your outdoor kitchen or BBQ since the summer, this could be it! We will be releasing an article with our recommendations on what to cook on a BBQ for Christmas Day very soon, so keep an eye out…
We offer a beautiful selection of steel BBQs, masonry BBQs and even portable additions such as camping stoves. If you’re interested in finding out more about our superb selection of outdoor BBQs, feel free to browse our unparalleled collection here.
Ensure that you have outdoor heating
There’s nothing worse than feeling cold and uncomfortable on a fresh winter's day. Ensuring that you and your guests stay warm throughout Christmas Day is essential, not only for enjoyment purposes, but also for safety!
It’s so easy to achieve a cosy and comfortable environment outdoors when you have access to outdoor heating, and there’s also something about this feature that effortlessly adds a touch of luxury and elegance to an outdoor space - and who wouldn’t want that?
The best part of having access to additions such as these is that it’ll be a true investment. Outdoor heating can be used as frequently as you’d like, so you'll never have to worry about not being able to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest, no matter the season!
If you’re unsure on what type of outdoor heating is right for you, we would highly recommend reading our recent blog on garden accessories here. However, we will include some examples of our premium outdoor heating selection below.
Umbrella Gas Patio Heater
The Umbrella Gas Patio Heater brings a slice of heaven to any outdoor space, especially throughout the winter months.
The appearance is ultra-modern, bringing an effortless touch of luxury to any garden aesthetic. Aside from the stunning appearance, the Umbrella Gas Patio Heater is also highly powerful and can easily radiate a significant amount of heat for extended periods, along with adding ambient lighting to your outdoor area.
A super cosy and efficient feature, perfect for enhancing your outdoor Christmas Day.
Hex Garden Fire Pit
If a patio heater isn’t for you, an open fire style heater could be a great fit for you. Introducing our beautiful Hex Garden Fire Pit - a practical yet stunning addition to any outdoor space.
The Hex Garden Fire Pit will radiate a significant amount of heat for long periods, guaranteeing you unparalleled comfort over the winter season. So, if you’re taking Christmas outdoors this year, there’s no doubt that the Hex Garden Fire Pit will easily provide you with the warmth and comfort you need for however long you wish to keep the festivities going!
Aside from its beauty and warmth, open fires are also great for festive seasonal pleasures. Did someone say chestnut roasting?
Think about the special touches
We know that every Christmas Day is unique and special, so we thought we would provide some general tips on how you can make eating Christmas Dinner outdoors more enjoyable.
- Don’t forget the decorations! Spread the Christmas cheer across your entire garden.
- Provide additional blankets to your guests - little comforts go a long way.
- Hot drinks are just as important as hot food. Heat up the eggnog!
- The festive season is a chance to enjoy quality time with our nearest and dearest. So, remember to have fun, whatever your plans are this Christmas.
If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor furniture sets or accessories for your garden, you can find them here at Cotswold Teak
We hope you’ve found our article on how to eat your Christmas dinner outdoors useful.
At Cotswold Teak, we offer a beautiful range of premium garden accessories and luxury garden furniture sets, in a variety of size options. If you have any questions or want to know more about any of our collections, feel free to contact our friendly team who will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Call us on 01608 682 191 or email [email protected].
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