In thrilling news, there’s just under a month until Christmas! 2020 has certainly been a highly unusual and intense year, so catching up with loved ones over Christmas is definitely high on the priorities list.
How and where we will entertain our family and friends for Christmas lunch is a big consideration, and you may still be undecided.
Christmas entertaining can be tricky logistically, too – it’s normal for guests to turn up and leave at different times, so you might find you need to stagger meals, or organise alternative seating arrangements.
While most people think of celebrating inside, celebrating Christmas outside with your pool area at the centre of the fun is a great option in Australia.
Benefits of Christmas by the Pool
There are many benefits to hosting your Christmas get-together in your backyard. Firstly, you generally have more room outside to accommodate your guests. Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable and cramped inside a living or dining room, with a bunch of other people.
Entertaining in your yard allows you to have plenty of guests over, and you can seat them without a lot of hassle. Plastic chairs are a cheap solution to provide seating for all your guests, and they’re easy to store as they’re stackable.
Another benefit of Christmas in your yard is that you can use less air-conditioning, because you won’t be inside as much. With less people in your house, you can help to keep it cleaner for longer, as there won’t be muddy footprints along the walkways of your house. Where possible, encourage your guests to use your side gate, so they can avoid walking through the house.
Christmas by the pool allows you to keep your entertaining casual. If you have a barbeque, opt to cook meals with it rather than cooking inside, so you can still chat with your guests while preparing a delicious meal. Avoid extra dishwashing by choosing recyclable paper plates, as they’ll make clean-up extra easy. Then, if the weather permits, your pool can truly be the star of the show, and you and your guests can enjoy a relaxing swim! Tell your guests to pack their swimmers!
Adding Christmas cheer to your pool space
Thinking about how you can bring Christmas to your backyard? We’ve got some excellent tips. Decorate your pool area and outdoor entertaining space: wrap some tinsel around your poolside plants to turn them into miniature Christmas trees, and see if you can hang some Christmas lights above your pool.
Styling your outdoor table for Christmas is made simple by picking a theme. Select decorations that will align with your chosen theme. For a traditional green, red and gold theme, some artificial holly in a jar will look amazing, coupled with some battery-operated candles. For a totally different vibe, a beachy, coastal Christmas theme can be achieved with a variety of decorations. Santa’s wearing sunglasses are becoming very popular, and you could add a small towel to their arms so they look ready for a swim! Some sparkly starfish decorations could be the perfect addition to your outdoor table.
To get the Christmas music up and running, set up a portable speaker. You can even find floating speakers, so you can still enjoy music while in the pool!
Christmas Finger Foods
Preparing the food you and your guests will eat at your Christmas get-together shouldn’t be complicated, so forget slaving over an oven, and opt for finger foods and barbequed meals instead.
Here are some great, simple meal ideas that will ensure all your guests are happy:
- Barbequed lamb and veggie kebab sticks
- Barbequed prawn skewers
- Spinach and ricotta pastizzis
- Sausage sandwiches
- Veggie rice paper rolls
These meal ideas are completely customisable in terms of fillings, and even better, you don’t need utensils to eat them!
Christmas entertaining doesn’t need to be complex. By using your pool area to host your Christmas gathering, you’ll have a beautiful, comfortable space to spend time with family and friends. It will make Christmas feel even more special!