celebrating the arrival of autumn

With our sunny and mild winters in South Africa - the cooler months are surprisingly perfect for entertaining and relaxing in our outdoor spaces.

Gone are the mosquitoes and humidity of Summer - making way for clear skies and an excuse to be surrounded by a copious amount of candles - perfect for hosting casual dinners with hearty fare.

Our top-tips for cozy entertaining this Season:

1. lighting: hang string lights with warm-hued lightbulbs to create a beautiful ambiance throughout the darker evenings

2. comfort: place plush throws or blankets on the back of dining chairs, on loungers or on lounge chairs to keep you and your guests toasty. Gas patio heaters are super-effective for warming up an area, making it usable all year-round.

3. greenery: keep potted plants fresh and vibrant - switch out annuals that are beyond their expiration date with beautiful plants that can withstand the cooler temperatures. Indigenous grasses and succulents thrive and bring lovely texture to the space - and opt for frost-proof planters

4. menu-planning: step aside salads - autumn and winter provide the perfect opportunity to serve up rich, hearty fare. Think warm, comforting curries, soups and roasts paired with full-bodied red wines.