Choosing an outdoor patio restaurant for your event

Choosing a patio restaurantThere is something about hosting your event in an outdoor patio area that makes it special. Many restaurants have beautiful patio areas, making them the perfect spot for birthday or anniversary parties, showers or rehearsal dinners. Whatever your special occasion, you want it to go smoothly for all of your guests.

Comfort is a big factor, and is sometimes overlooked. It is important that the outdoor venue be pleasant regardless of the weather or time of day. While you may not have control over the weather, it is helpful to scout out the patio covering beforehand, to ensure that there is some measure of control in regards to sunlight, wind or even rain.

Restaurant Motorized Patio Roof

The Equinox Roof team comfortably met under the adjustable patio roof at Atlanta’s Lure restaurant.

A covered patio area that uses louvers to control sunlight, air circulation and provided protection is ideal. Louvers allow sunlight to be redirected, depending on what time of day it is. For example, if your event is in the middle of the afternoon, direct overhead sunlight can be harsh. Louvers can be closed partially or all the way to provide shade or redirect the glare.

In the later part of the afternoon, the light is much more pleasant. The louvers can be opened to allow more light and to increase airflow.

These are important considerations when planning an event. While decor and food are of course primary considerations, things like temperature, ventilation and light are huge factors in the comfort and enjoyment of your guests.

Both residential homes and business locations can benefit from an Equinox Louvered patio covering. With a touch of a button, you can redirect light and air in your covered patio area, reducing UV exposure or bright sun, increasing airflow or protecting against rain. Contact your local Equinox dealer today and start getting more enjoyment out of your outdoor space.

Patio Party: Family Game Night

Perhaps not as posh as a dinner party, brunch or book club meeting, family game night can be a lot of fun. They can be even more memorable inviting people in your lives who go beyond family.  The patio is the perfect place to host an event that can be entertaining for both children and adults.

Patio Game NightLearn while playing

Let’s take a quick look at the benefits of opening up your family game night. Bringing neighbors and friends into your home can begin a fun ritual of  relaxed evenings that builds relationships. Playing games has always been a tool for people of all ages to broaden horizons, learn new facts and different skills. If you have a smaller family, you’ll be able to play multi-player games that require more people, for more excitement and unique outcomes.

Planning special open game nights once a month or around a special event like a meeting or sporting event gives you some flexibility. Be creative and match the game-night theme to the event. Accommodate any extra people by hosting it on your patio and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors at the same time.

Let’s take it outside

Where to set up really depends on how many people you can accommodate in different areas of your home. Family rooms, dining rooms and rec rooms are all great options to consider, but that doesn’t mean you need to limit your options to the indoors only. Setting up on a porch area that has an adjustable louvered roof, like the Great patio room for game nightEquinox Roof, provides a great place to enjoy each other’s company. In addition to getting some fresh air, a porch opens up the option to move to outdoor games if the mood strikes, such as croquet, badminton or volleyball.

Dividing up responsibilities

One of the great things about opening up your family game night is the opportunity to try different things. If you’re inviting guests, suggest they help out by bringing a special snack or drink to share, a favorite card game or other items such as lawn chairs or outdoor items that would be helpful to pull the evening off. For multiple evenings, have one person pick a game they want to play, whether they want to play out on the patio or indoors and  a favorite snack each evening to keep things interesting.

Now that you’ve got a few new ideas on how to expand your family game night to other friends, why not make it a date? Take a look at the forecast, make a few calls or send a few emails and plan on a fabulous evening.  No need to worry about the rain prediction. If you have an Equinox Louvered Roof, you’ll be covered rain or shine. Contact a dealer near you to find out how.