Fight for your right to party
Get the basics right and you’ll spend more time having fun at your own event, writes Kirsten Craze
Now that it’s time to take it outside, the host with the most talked about party this season should consider a few key ingredients.
“It’s crucial to have the right mix of guests, food — and plenty of champagne,” says Alexandra Kentmann of WilliamsSonoma. “But if we’re talking accessories, I always think a more casual setting is conducive to a relaxed and fun night.
“Shared plates, plenty of glassware and a centrepiece that makes a statement but still allows for conversation to flow are all key ingredients.”
She adds that flowers, lights and candles say you care, but are simple enough to make all your hard work look laid back.
But above all, Alexandra says when planning a party we shouldn’t forget our most valuable asset.
“It’s Australia,” she says. “We’re all about entertaining outdoors so a comfortable, stylish setting is a must-have.
“Those informal situations are always the best, when the party just keeps going, and no one wants to leave. The table becomes the hub of fun.”
We’ve compiled our list of best backyard party essentials to make your next event a success.
Part Scandi design piece, part Esky, the Bells side table by Gloster will keep drinks cool.
Outdoor festoon lights keep the party going long after dark. Picture: GlobeWest