What's the secret to a chic summer outdoor soiree? Click through the gallery for our 10 best tips

You don't have to turn into a '50s housewife to play the happy host. These days, impressive  summer entertaining is all about clever shortcuts, nifty appliances and just the right amount of pre-planning. Coupled with fresh produce, a killer playlist and some balmy Australian weather - you have all the ingredients for a pitch perfect modern Aussie barbecue.

All you need to add is the ideal ice cold beverage...

How to host the perfect BBQ