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Backyard with a decking, outdoor furniture and gazebo.

Overview

If it’s your turn to host Christmas celebrations this year, we can help you make it one to remember with these top tips for styling your space in preparation for the big day.

From creating entertainment zones, to choosing a theme for your dining table, to organising after-lunch games, there’s plenty you can do to ensure everyone has an enjoyable day – including you!

Steps

1Clean up

Prep your space for entertaining by giving it a clean. Simple tidy-ups that make a big difference include blowing away leaves and washing down decks and windows. This will ensure your space sparkles.

Person using a leaf blower.

2Establish the welcome area

When guests are visiting for an extended period of time – i.e. for the better part of a day – it’s best to create individual areas they can flow through and mingle as they choose. Start with a seating area, where guests can gather as they arrive. Make it comfortable and welcoming with extra cushions(A good tip with cushions is to always work in odd numbers or sets of three.) As it’s likely to be warm, you might want to set up some shade.

Decking with outdoor area and umbrella.

3Drinks anyone?

Set up a welcome drinks table by your seating area so you can offer your guests refreshments as they arrive. You can use a small trestle table to hold glassware, jugs of water and soft drinks on. Fill up a couple of ice buckets and place bottles in there to keep them chilled. This will minimise trips to the kitchen.

Table with wine glasses and buckets full of drinks.

4Choosing a theme for the table

Start by selecting a theme for your table and surrounds – we’ve gone with a botanical theme (an easy one for summer entertaining), but you may choose a certain colour, or go all out with Christmas decorations. To create the botanical look, use a neutral base for your table and gazebo. White is ideal as it will also help keep the area cool. Bring in accents of green with coloured cushions and foliage down the centre of the table
Birds eye view of a table with hessian tablecloth, Christmas bon bon, cutlery and plants.

5Throw some shade with a gazebo

A gazebo provides the perfect protection from the elements. For an extra special touch, hang a centrepiece above the table – you can use rope and foliage for this simple yet eye-catching D.I.Y. decoration.

For an all-day affair, integrate lights within the centrepiece and wind them around the dining area. When the sun goes down, your space will come alive with ambient lighting. Choose warm globes for a gentle glow, which pair perfectly with tea light candles placed in the centre of the table. Add a bug zapper to keep mosquitoes and flies away.

Gazebo with a floral chandelier and table with platters of food.

6Fire up the BBQ

A BBQ is a great choice for Christmas Day, as it’s a relaxed dining experience that allows you to remain close to your guests.

Tip: to prevent your guests from smelling like their meals, set the BBQ up away from the seating area.

Creating a food station next to your BBQ area will save you multiple trips to the kitchen. Using a fold-up trestle table, place a portable chilly bin under the table and keep a storage tub stocked with extra supplies. 

BBQ and a table.

7Game on!

There are two types of Christmas guests: those who enjoy a post-lunch snooze and those who want to continue the festivities with games. For the nappers, set up a pod for your guests to sit back and doze off. Consider putting some rope lights inside to create a dreamy space for younger kids.

For the gamers a trampoline is great entertainment, followed up with chalk and bubbles when the kids tire of jumping. Another fun game for the whole family is bucket ball. With each bucket representing a different point value, it could bring out some friendly rivalry!

Backyard with a trampoline and chairs set around a firepit.

8Relax by the firepit

Wrap up the evening gathered around a firepit and toasting marshmallows, a great way to keep warm when the sun goes down. By this point, you may even be in the mood for some carols.

Chairs set around a firepit.

9Feeling inspired?

Explore our range of table settings and soft furnishings, ready for Christmas Day.

Backyard with a decking, outdoor furniture and gazebo.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.