Embrace the Outdoors: New Zealand Summer Outdoor Dining



As the days grow longer and the weather warmer, it's time to take the festivities outside and make the most of the beautiful spring and summer seasons. Whether you're planning a relaxed gathering with friends or a family picnic, outdoor entertainment is the perfect way to soak up the sun and create unforgettable memories. Here are some fantastic ideas to make your outdoor gatherings a hit, along with a refreshing mojito recipe to keep everyone cool and refreshed.


  1. Choose the Right Venue: Whether it's your backyard, a local park, or a rooftop terrace, selecting the right venue sets the tone for your outdoor gathering. Consider the space available, accessibility, and ambiance to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

  2. Weather Preparedness: Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so be ready for any weather scenario. Have a backup plan, such as tents or indoor spaces, in case of rain. Provide shade with umbrellas or canopies on sunny days to keep your guests comfortable.

  3. Delightful Decor: Elevate the ambiance with thoughtful decorations. Utilize tablecloths, centerpieces, and outdoor lighting to add a touch of style. Opt for natural elements like flowers, leaves, or seashells to complement the outdoor setting.

  4. Menu Variety: Curate a menu that caters to different preferences and dietary restrictions. Include a mix of finger foods, grilled items, refreshing salads, and desserts. A variety of options ensures that every guest leaves satisfied.

  5. Entertainment and Activities: Keep your guests engaged with fun activities. Set up lawn games, provide craft stations, or create a cozy outdoor movie corner. Engaging entertainment adds an extra layer of enjoyment and ensures a memorable time for everyone.

By following these five tips, you'll be well-prepared to host an outdoor gathering that's not only enjoyable but also leaves a lasting impression on your guests.



Try our Refreshing Mojito Mocktail Recipe:

No outdoor gathering is complete without a refreshing drink. Mojitos are a perfect choice for their fresh flavours. Here's a simple recipe to whip up a batch:


  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup sprite/soda water 


  1. Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice.
  2. Add two more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
  3. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. 
  4. Fill the glass with club soda. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired.
  5. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

With these exciting outdoor entertainment ideas and a delightful mojito recipe up your sleeve, you're ready to make the most of the spring and summer seasons. Gather your loved ones, enjoy the fresh air, and create memories that will last a lifetime.