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

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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

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