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So much of out­door liv­ing is about en­ter­tain­ing, and the af­ford­able Torquay range from Free­dom (left) is the per­fect set to get the party go­ing.

Its alu­minium frame means it is not only light­weight but hard wear­ing enough to with­stand out­door use.

Team it with colour­ful out­door cush­ions and an out­door floor rug to draw guests out of the house and keep them there as the sun goes down with strings of party lights.

While it’s an ob­vi­ous choice for an al­fresco area, this style would work just as well un­der an open per­gola or even on a freshly mown lawn where you could add a cou­ple of brightly coloured beach um­brel­las for shade.

Just make sure ac­cess to drinks is not too far away, ei­ther via a drinks bucket or a more so­phis­ti­cated set-up such as a full bar­be­cue and cafe win­dow to the kitchen.

If it’s on a deck, pot­ted palms and tough suc­cu­lents make great ac­ces­sories, al­though po­si­tion them care­fully to avoid cre­at­ing cir­cu­la­tion prob­lems.

The best thing about a party set-up is its flex­i­bil­ity. This style suits most types of hous­ing from your brand new project home through to older homes in need of fresh­en­ing up.

It’s a play­ful look so re­mem­ber to have a lit­tle fun with out­door photo booths, pinatas or over­sized in­flat­a­bles if you have a pool. Try not to think about the clean-up af­ter­wards.

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