Out­door en­ter­tain­ing is one of sum­mer’s great plea­sures. Kate Nixon gets her soirée on.

Australian House & Garden - - 2018 STYLE AWARDS -

With the hol­i­day sea­son upon us, there’s no bet­ter time to chan­nel your in­ner en­ter­tainer and gather friends and fam­ily for a gar­den party. It’s sur­pris­ingly sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive. De­fine a cen­tral spot for food and drinks with hang­ing fea­tures; these can be as sim­ple as string and paint-dipped feath­ers, pretty flo­ral pa­per lanterns or lit­tle glass bot­tles filled with fresh flow­ers. At­tach these to trees, a per­gola or even an out­door um­brella. Con­sider en­hanc­ing the space by mov­ing in­door fea­tures, such as rugs and oc­ca­sional fur­ni­ture, out­side for the oc­ca­sion. And don’t be afraid to mix and match ele­ments: keep to a con­sis­tent colour pal­ette and it’ll be a pic­nic! #

Send decor ques­tions (with name and ad­dress) to H&G Ad­vice, GPO Box 4088, Syd­ney, NSW 1028 or email H&[email protected]­

1 So­lar cage string lights (3.8m), $15, Kmart; kmart. 2‘ Dain­tree Green’ linen table­cloth, from $215/145x250cm, Bon­nie and Neil; bon­nie­and­neil. 3 Aus­tralian House & Gar­den ‘Lord’ crys­talline-glass Cham­pagne flutes, $40/set of four, Myer; 4 ‘El­li­son’ oval metal ice bucket,$140, Liv­ing By De­sign; liv­ing­by­de­

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