Outdoor entertaining is one of summer’s great pleasures. Kate Nixon gets her soirée on.
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! #
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1 Solar cage string lights (3.8m), $15, Kmart; kmart. com.au. 2‘ Daintree Green’ linen tablecloth, from $215/145x250cm, Bonnie and Neil; bonnieandneil. com.au. 3 Australian House & Garden ‘Lord’ crystalline-glass Champagne flutes, $40/set of four, Myer; myer.com.au. 4 ‘Ellison’ oval metal ice bucket,$140, Living By Design; livingbydesign.net.au.