Outdoor Christmas Ideas

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are lucky to be able to enjoy an outdoor Christmas. We may not get to have the “White Christmas” experience but there is something equally as special in gathering with family and friends and relaxing in the sunshine on your Christmas Day.

We've put together some ideas for making the most of an outdoor Christmas.

Outdoor Entertaining

Eating Christmas lunch/dinner outdoors gives a laid back, relaxed vibe to your Christmas entertaining. Here are some great tips:

  • Set up your outdoor table and chairs on the deck, patio or straight on the grass under a shady tree. Use branches, leaves or flowers from the garden to decorate the table or backs of chairs.

  • Hang lights, paper lanterns or Christmas bunting from trees.

  • Bring a small table or coffee table out to use as a drinks station with fresh mint in the punch and lemon slices or edible flowers set into ice cubes.

  • Young kids may enjoy eating picnic-style on a blanket next to the adults table – think about how much time you'll save cleaning up too!

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  • Bring some outdoor speakers or bluetooth speakers outside to have your favourite Christmas tunes or carols playing.

  • Think about BBQ-friendly Christmas dishes you can cook outdoors.

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Outdoor Decorations

If you love decorating for Christmas then why not bring the festivities outdoors too! Decorate outdoors using solar lights hanging from trees, draped over hedges or use the sort that stake into the ground. Big bows on your front entrance gates look amazing, or choose a tree in your yard and decorate it like a Christmas Tree! Add baubles to hanging baskets, potted plants or hanging from fence pickets.

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Crafty Outdoor Decorations

Great crafty by creating your own outdoor Christmas decorations. A great weekend activity to do with the kids or Grandkids. We've found a fantastic blog post which gives some great ideas. Think about the excitement and pride when, each year, you pull out the lovingly made decorations from years before.

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Carrots for the Reindeer

A fun tradition to do with young children is to leave carrots out for the reindeer on Christmas Eve night. Decide on the place where they think Santa and his sleigh will stop and pop a few carrots out on the lawn – just don't forget about them in the morning!

Homemade Food Gifts

Use fruit, vegetables or herbs from your garden to make small jars of jam, chutney, pesto or mint sauce to name just a few. These make thoughtful gift for loved ones or to give as a host gift. Tie a Christmas ribbon around the neck of the jar and attach a label, sticker or swing tag with your message. There are also beautiful stamps and stickers you can buy at most craft stores which say “Made with Love” or “Handmade” to add that extra personalised touch.

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Homemade Wreath

Make your own wreath to hang at the front door or to decorate the mantle piece. Use branches, dried flowers or succulents from your garden to create your masterpiece. You can buy a woven circle of branches from a craft shop and then add your own decorations to it. Otherwise use your own branches, a tapestry hoop, wire coat hanger bent to shape or even a piece of cardboard cut into a circle with a hole in the middle. Attach the flowers, leaves or branches using florist wire and you can embellish with ribbon baubles or even battery powered lights! Take a look at the examples below, from complicated to very simple.

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Succulent Gifts


Succulent plants are easy to grow. One small cutting can turn into a beautiful, full pot in no time which you can then separate out. They are the perfect type of plant for creating a mini garden to give as Christmas gifts.

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The image above is from website https://www.shopterrain.com/article/propagating-succulents which gives great tips on all things succulents.

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Plant succulents into a small pot or jar or create a beautiful Terrarium using a glass vase or glass terrarium with soil, rocks and moss as per the example above. They make a beautiful, inexpensive and long lasting gift.

Outdoor Games

What better way to keep everyone entertained on Christmas day than by playing games on the lawn!

Giant Garden Games are so much fun, take a look at the games available at The Big Game Company. Sure to get everyone out of their chair and entertained for ages!

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What about Croquet, Boules, Kubb or Badminton! You can bet the younger generation haven't even heard of these games and the older generation can teach them a thing or two!

So there you have it, some ideas to help you embrace our summer Christmas.

Do you have any other ideas? Comment below, we'd love to hear them!

Our 1st Birthday Competition

The Little Digger Company is turning ONE in the month of April!

So to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to WIN a luxury night away for two at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Hotel plus $500 spending money; that's a value of over $1,000.

What could be more perfect than a luxury night away after completing your outdoor project (big or small)!

All you need to do to enter is book your digger + driver package by the 30th April 2018, for hire during the months of April-May 2018. See the Competition page of our website for full Terms and Conditions.

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

The winner will be drawn on the 30th June 2018. So to help you
plan what your time away we've compiled a 'What's On' list for
the months of July and August.

Auckland Restaurant Month
August is Auckland Restaurant Month, with special menus at more than 100 participating restaurants and 20+ foodie events across Auckland during Restaurant Month, there’s never been a better time.

There are more than 100 special menus, with $25, $40 and $55+ options – which means you can enjoy far more than one night (or day) out.

The line-up of special events is once again outstanding, from the enormously popular Street Eats and Chef Dining Series to unique new events featuring exciting chef collaborations.
https://www.aucklandnz.com/restaurant-month

All Blacks vs. Australia
25th August 2018
Eden Park
http://www.allblacks.com/Tickets

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New Zealand International Film Festival
19 July–5 August 2018
https://www.nziff.co.nz/2017/auckland/

Colour is an Abstraction Exhibition
Auckland Art Gallery
Ending Sun 19th August 2018
Enjoy the dynamism of works from the Auckland Art Gallery and Chartwell Collections in Colour is an Abstraction, and reflect on how international artists have explored colour in the late 20th and 21st centuries.
https://www.aucklandartgallery.com/whats-on/exhibition/colour-is-an-abstraction

Royal New Zealand Ballet production of Strength and Grace
17-18th August 2018
http://rnzb.org.nz/shows/strength-grace-women/

Celine Dion
11th - 14th August 2018
Spark Arena
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/

Katy Perry
20-21st August 2018
Spark Arena
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/

Body World Vital Exhibition
Ends 13th July 2018
Hilton Auckland

Body Worlds, the highly anticipated and internationally acclaimed original exhibition of real human bodies, is arriving in New Zealand!
Visited by over 45 million people worldwide, the exhibition takes you on an intricate journey of the workings of the human body, through an authentic, visual display of over 150 donated specimens.
Frequently described as a “life changing experience”, visitors can expect to leave with an understanding of the marvel that is the human body, like never before.
https://www.bodyworldsvital.com/

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So if you've been thinking of hiring a digger or track loader, why not book it in for April-May 2018 so you can go into the draw for this fabulous competition!

All bookings are made on a first-in first-served basis – so the earlier you book, the more chance you have of securing a date and length of hire that suits you. Visit the Competition page of our website for all the details!

Best of luck,
Chris & the team

Why your garden needs PEAT!

Peat and Top Soil are an amazing combination for your garden.

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Peat holds several times its weight in moisture, and releases the moisture to the plants roots as needed. It also holds onto nutrients so that they aren’t rinsed out of the soil with watering or rain.

It has an acid pH, so it’s ideal for acid loving plants, such as blueberries and camellias.
See our guide below for a list of some of the main acid loving plants.

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Improve your soil
Dry, sandy soils benefit from adding peat moss. Peat retains moisture, improves drainage and prevents compaction in dry and wet soils alike. Create your own top soil or potting mix by adding peat as a soil amendment. A good rule of thumb when mixing in your peat moss is to use a 2:1 ratio of soil to peat.

Starting Seeds
Peat is sterile, absorbent, homogeneous material which is easy to work with. It helps keeps seed beds uniformly moist which aids in germination.

Peat + Compost
Add some peat to your compost! Peat is rich in carbon which aids in the breakdown of compost. Your compost will not dry out or need as frequent watering due to peat's moisture retaining qualities.

DID YOU KNOW: Because it doesn’t compact or break down readily, one application of peat moss lasts for several years.

 We're up to our ears in PEAT...

We're up to our ears in PEAT...

For the month of February we are offering a great promotion on PEAT so you can take advantage of the benefits listed above.

Get a truck load of Peat delivered for $45 per metre (usually $60) plus delivery.

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