Dining al fresco is one of life’s simple pleasures. But besides a dining setting, what does one need for dining ‘en plein air’? We explore furniture essentials for hosting the ultimate outdoor soirée.
We’re shining a light on outdoor dining in the second instalment of our four-part entertaining series. Our scene: Victoria’s Main Ridge. Known for its vineyards, fresh produce and expansive estates (complete with private herb and vegetable harvests), it’s an ideal backdrop for a garden party.
Together with King, renowned for their highly considered and comfortable furniture collection, we curate an ensemble of outdoor essentials ideal for a memorable affair. The King outdoor collection, fabricated to withstand Australia’s harsh climate, provides the ideal excuse to venture outdoors for entertaining in the comfort of your garden.
Having separate areas for each ‘phase’ of your gathering will create interest for your guests while ensuring set up and clean up remain neatly out of view. Phase one: the pre-dinner cocktails will allow dinner guests to slip straight into ‘party mode’ upon arrival. Serving aperitifs close to the home on an outdoor deck or patio will ensure the host can continue to greet newcomers while also keeping an eye on the meal preparation.
At this stage of the event, we look to relaxed outdoor seating that’s flexible to suit different gatherings without sacrificing style. The Zaza Outdoor sofa designed by Charles Wilson, with its contemporary silhouette and tailored covers, delivers that ‘sink-in’ comfort along with all-important fade and mildew resistance. TheCove sofa offers different configurations from sofa to daybed or chaise, including integrated side tables – taking on every functional form you can think of when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Likewise, the Oasis Outdoor Waterfall Coffee ottoman or Waterfall Pedestal side table, ensure guests have somewhere to rest their cocktails.
The Zaza Outdoor sofa, Oasis Outdoor Waterfall coffee ottoman and Waterfall Pedestal side table.
The Cove Outdoor sofa is accompanied by the Oasis Outdoor Waterfall Pedestal side table and the Lode Outdoor ottoman.
Whether you’re entertaining an intimate group or a large party, the dining table is the heart of the gathering – the centrepiece where visitors will spend most of their ‘event’ time. The Quay Ceramic Outdoor dining tableis designed for durability with its hand-finished ceramic top, UV stability and stain resistance, and features extension options for larger groups. Pair this with the Luna Outdoor dining chairs for elegance and comfort, as well as the all-important KingCote protection to guarantee years of enjoyment.
A collection of sophisticated outdoor ottomans in a grassed area will offer a post-dining retreat to soak in the sunset or provide a playful area for children or the young-at-heart to congregate comfortably. The Lode Outdoor ottoman featuring King’s signature Sunbrella outdoor fabric is lightweight and functional, creating sculptural interest.
As the sun slips into the horizon, what better way to conclude your event than in a relaxed space to savour a nightcap or warm latte. A cosy ‘love seat’ or outdoor sofa such as the Quay Outdoor sofa will create an ambience into nightfall, teamed with a soft wool throw.
The Oasis Outdoor Pedestal side table and matching ottoman in two colourways are for setting down petit fours and post-dinner drinks, allowing guests to relax while watching the evening sky come to life.