With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to embrace the true Aussie spirit and take your Christmas lunch outdoors. Picture this: a sunny day, laughter echoing through your backyard, and the tantalizing aroma of a BBQ wafting through the air.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to make your Christmas lunch in the garden a memorable and enjoyable affair.


Cleaning Up and Preparing Your Backyard

Before you can deck the halls (or backyard), a bit of cleaning and sprucing up is in order. Here are some tips to ensure your outdoor space is Christmas-ready:

Give It a Good Tidy Up

Get ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a last-minute backyard glow-up before the big day.

Start by decluttering your backyard. Put away any unnecessary items and give the space a good sweep. Trim overgrown bushes or branches to create a neat and inviting atmosphere.

Next, grab the gernie and pressure clean the pavements, decks, and patios, ensuring every nook and cranny shines.

Finally, it’s time to tidy up your lawn. Mow the yard to the ideal height and trim the edges for a crisp look. Treat any weeds with a weed killer for a quick solution. We’d recommend Buffalo Weed Control to get rid of most of your weeds.

Top Tip: If you need a quick pick-me-up for your lawn, ColourGuard PLUS is a natural lawn colourant that add a green boost to your lawn for the big day.

Festive Decorations

Add a touch of Christmas magic to your backyard with some festive decorations. Consider stringing up fairy lights, hanging baubles from tree branches, and scattering Christmas-themed cushions on your outdoor furniture. The more, the merrier!

Seating Arrangements

Ensure there’s ample seating for your guests. Whether it’s picnic blankets, outdoor cushions, or folding chairs, make sure everyone has a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the festivities.

Christmas Garden Games

Choosing Garden Games for Christmas Day

Keep the Christmas cheer flowing with some entertaining garden games that will have everyone involved and having a ripper time.

Backyard Cricket

A quintessential Aussie game, backyard cricket is a must for any Christmas gathering. Set up makeshift wickets, grab a bat, and let the good-natured competition begin!

Cornhole Extravaganza

Toss your way to victory with a spirited game of Cornhole! Challenge your friends and family to some friendly competition. Who will be the Cornhole champion of Christmas?

Bocce (or Lawn Bowls)

For a more relaxed pace, try bocce or lawn bowls. These games are perfect for all ages and can be enjoyed with a drink in hand.

Giant Jenga or Connect Four

Add a twist to the classics with giant-sized Jenga or Connect Four. These games provide hours of entertainment and are sure to be a hit with your guests.

Christmas BBQ

Preparing the BBQ for Christmas Day

Now, let’s get to the heart of an Aussie Christmas – the BBQ. Here’s how to ensure your barbie is ready to sizzle:

Check Your Equipment

A thorough clean is a non-negotiable to make sure your BBQ is in top-notch condition. Clean the grills and ensure you have all the necessary tools and utensils. The last thing you want is your last BBQ affecting Christmas lunch.

Don’t forget to check the gas bottle. If you can, fill it right up to avoid any dramas on Christmas Day.

Plan Your Menu

Consider your guest list and plan a menu that caters to all tastes. From snags (sausages) to prawns and even some veggie skewers, a diverse BBQ menu will satisfy everyone.

And, if you have time, it’s always a good idea to practice your meal (or bits of it) before the big day. That way you can make any recipe updates in advance.

Top Tip: To maximise flavor, marinate meats and veggies a day before. This not only enhances taste but also makes cooking a breeze on the day.

Set up a Safe Space

Choosing where to set up your BBQ is an important task. Make sure that there is plenty of shade (in the midday sun). The last thing you want is getting sunburnt or heatstroke by standing in the sun too long.

Also make sure that it’s in a place where you can keep the little ones away. Or that you can keep an eye on it to prevent kids from getting too curious.


With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to hosting a quintessentially Australian Christmas lunch in the great outdoors. So, fire up the BBQ, set up those games, and get ready for a festive celebration under the sunny Down Under skies. Merry Christmas, mates!

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