Backyard spaces are good for so many things, from an intimate BBQ with friends to the simple pleasure of relaxing in an open, green space. But one of the most exciting uses for a backyard is hosting an event, juxtaposing a rustic, naturally beautiful ambiance with all the luxury and amenities of being inside.
Of course, bringing those amenities to your outdoor space while preserving its charm can be tricky. In terms of a general set up, you have to consider focal points for a cocktail party – like large standing tables or a fire pit that people can congregate around – or the size and type of table seating for dinner parties. You also have to concoct a plan for uncooperative weather, deciding whether you want an enclosed tent area or a back-up indoor space. It’s also a good idea to determine in advance how you’ll power things like speakers, lights and refrigerators, as some spaces will necessitate covering up metres of wires stretching out to your venue.
For the event itself, it’s important to carefully select the types of food and drink you’ll be serving and how they will be prepared. It might be easier to bring fully prepped dishes, but you’ll have to limit yourself to bitings that won’t loose their freshness too quickly. Drinks can be as simple as bottles in a cool box or as complicated as an entire bar, depending on your needs and the capabilities of your backyard space.
Of course, an easy way to get around the complexities of planning an outdoor event is to host it at a restaurant with the right atmosphere. In Nairobi, it’s hard to find a match for the eclectic yet refined feel at The Talisman. The restaurant, set in the leafy neighbourhood of Karen, boasts a large garden and outdoor lounge perfect for hosting events like weddings, birthdays, corporate end-of-the-year functions and even intimate concerts.
The restaurant’s facilities – including a full kitchen turning out fresh, delicious food and dedicated bar capabilities – are geared towards providing excellent service and an elegant experience without distractions like extension cords and mismatched furniture.
With a background covering diverse functions, The Talisman’s expert staff and dedicated event planner take guesswork out of the equation, handling all of the details and creating an experience your guests are sure to remember.