- #1 - Hang lights
- #2 - Lay a rug
- #3 - Add a prep place
- #4 - Tap into the power of pallets
- #5 - Wheel in the bar cart
What is summer without a braai?
South Africans of all races have adopted this tradition into their homes and it truly is something unique to our nation.
There is nothing better than the sound of the charcoal crackling as a delicious piece of boerewors is braai’d to perfection.
Even though you might enjoy your own braai setup, there may be a small chance that friends and family are not too keen on your outdoor décor.
Here are easy and simple ways that you can step up your game and become the ultimate braai master once again:
#1 – Hang lights
It’s simple: no one likes to cook meat in the dark and since braaing is a social event, no one wants to do it without lights.
Hanging lights over your braai area will give it a sense of atmosphere and if you get the right fixtures, it could be a beautiful addition to your décor.
You can even use Christmas lights and hang them in between the trees in your backyard for the ultimate romantic, fairy tale effect.
Tiki torches are also great if you don’t have a lot of trees or shrubs and they never go out of style.
#2 – Lay a rug
Yes, it does sound strange, but a rug can be the perfect solution to your boring old braai area.
There are many inexpensive alternatives and they are fairly easy to clean.
Most backyard braai areas have stone, cement, or brick flooring. A rug will definitely give some dimension to the area and add a sense of warmth.
If you play your cards right, it can very well look like an extension of your interior design style. Say goodbye to cold flooring during the winter and hello to warm feet and happy hearts!
#3 – Add a prep place
Maybe the reason no one wants to come over is because you spend more time inside than you do outside.
A braai requires preparation but don’t leave your guests hanging whilst you tend to the spicing of the meat.
Build a prep place outside. A flat surface is perfect for putting down the odd chip bowl, appetizers, and tongs when you are done with them. A better alternative would be to build a kitchen counter outside with a built-in sink.
You won’t even have to leave the party!
#4 – Tap into the power of pallets
Pallets are all the rage for outdoor areas and outdoor patio designers love them for every occasion.
The amazing thing about pallets is that they are so versatile and very affordable. You can turn them into anything.
Pallets can easily be taken apart so that you can add more seating to your braai area. Just add a couple of soft cushions and you are good to go.
You can also stand up two pallets and connect them to turn it into a patio bar. Some homeowners even turn it into outdoor storage units for glasses, dish towels, and braai equipment.
#5 – Wheel in the bar cart
If you think that you are going to have a braai without a few cold ones, are you even South African?
It forms the core part (and for some the most important part) of braai activities and it cannot be left out.
Don’t miss out on the party because you have to run to the kitchen for drinks for your guests.
Rather build an outside kitchen or bar or build a portable one on wheels. That way you and your guests can enjoy delicious sangrias, beers, wines, and spirits on demand.
And the best thing about it? They always stay cold!