Entertaining Essentials | Poolside

Curate an idyllic open-air entertaining space by the pool with our edit of outdoor furniture essentials.

In this four-part series, est explores the art of seasonal entertaining in Victoria’s Main Ridge. The hinterland region, known for its vineyards, farmer’s markets, and gourmet boutiques, is a food and wine haven. Together with Australian furniture purveyor King, known for embracing the authentic Australian lifestyle, est curates an edit of entertaining essentials, kicking off with the quintessential poolside get-together.

Outdoor entertaining is synonymous with an Australian summer. Think, the sound of guests mingling, splashes from the pool, and the clinking of glasses filled with colourful refreshments. When it comes to embracing the outdoors, the King Collection is designed with the durability needed for Australia’s harsh climate. Featuring the King Outdoor Collection, we unpack what it takes to curate an alfresco fit for entertaining poolside in the warmer months.

Produced in partnership with King

Alfresco Dining

Whether it’s for brunch, lunch or an evening soiree, a comfortable dining setting is a must-have and possibly the most important investment for an outdoor space. For most homeowners, it’s the hub of the alfresco zone; for family and friends to share meals and, more importantly, memories. A considered position within the garden is key – ideally with easy access to the kitchen zone for effortless serving and tidying up.

Beyond aesthetics and style, an open-air dining setting must withstand the natural elements. The Quay Ceramic Dining Table, available in different sizes, with an extension option when the guest list grows, features hard-wearing ceramic and powder-coated aluminum to provide years of enjoyment. The Quay Outdoor Dining Chairs are for long lunches, with seat cushion and new Kingrope that means sitting outside isn’t sacrificing comfort. 

The dining setting is purposefully located within easy access to the indoor kitchen area and the outdoor cooking zone.

The Quay Ceramic Dining Table is paired with the Quay Dining Chairs on the pool deck.

Lounging Poolside

A pool-themed party is a perfect way to enjoy summer with friends, particularly those with children, to keep little active bodies busy. Beyond music and pool floats, poolside comfort is key. High-quality, fully adjustable loungers paired with weather-resistant side tables provide guests with bonafide resort-style relaxation. 

Positioning sun lounges depends largely on sun direction. A lounger with back wheels, such as the Jasper Sun Lounge, provides ease of re-positioning for guests. The Jasper Sun Lounge also has an adjustable backrest and hidden storage, so there’s always a towel close by. The Oasis Outdoor Inset Lattice Coffee Table is the perfect companion to the sun lounge, particularly for when it’s time to put down your drink.

In true resort-style, the Jasper Sun Lounge rests next to the Oasis Outdoor Inset Side Tables.

The Jasper Sun Lounge features an adjustable backrest and hidden storage compartment for beach towels and additional cushions.

Sundowners with a View

As the sun begins to slip away, a cozy, private sanctuary is an ideal way to savour those calm, balmy evenings. Whether it’s relaxing around a firepit as the day cools or lounging with an afternoon aperitif in the sun, seating should emulate where you seek to wind down indoors. A modular sofa, particularly one with storage under the seats, offers flexibility and practicality.

The Delta Outdoor Sofa features premium outdoor fabrics, including UV and water resistance, combined with steel-framed internals to provide long-lasting resilience. The Monument Low Coffee Table and Tall Side Table offer the perfect resting place for all-important canapes and sunset cocktails to complete the ambiance.

Positioned to take advantage of the setting sun; the Jasper Outdoor Sofa is surrounded by the Monument Low Coffee Table and Tall Side Table.

Delta Outdoor Sofas surround the Monument low coffee table in front of the open fireplace to enjoy cooler evenings with friends.

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