Q: I am looking to host a few friends for a small intimate gathering in my backyard, what points should I consider design-wise to make it a successful event?

A: As the weather cools down, entertaining outdoors has its own appeal. Here are some pointers to keep in mind while creating that perfect space.

Seating: Ensure you have plenty of seating for all your guests. You can choose outdoor sofa sets, outdoor dining sets or sofa sets that double up as dining sets. For large backyards or lawns, have laid-back loungers and swings as additional seating options. Be sure to measure your outdoor space and choose furniture that fits well without over-cluttering.

Think privacy: Important especially if your garden overlooks your neighbours. You may want to opt for gazebos with sliding doors or curtains that can be opened or closed for privacy. Additionally, artificial grass fences are also a great way to make your space private without compromising on the overall look.

Invest in a barbeque set: Outdoor parties are incomplete without a good old fashioned bbq. Choose between a portable or fixed barbeque set depending on how often you plan on using it and the space available. Consider an outdoor bar unit with stools that come with a bbq set, thereby creating the ultimate entertainment spot.

Pay attention to lighting: Lighting plays a crucial role in creating a functional outdoor space. They’re also necessary to set the ambience in the space. Add lighting along walkways and seating areas to ensure your guests are not struggling to move around the space. String lights are perfect for outdoor spaces as they create the illusion of a ceiling without obstructing your view of the stars. Pendant lights and outdoor chandeliers are great for a gazebo. Sconces are great for outdoor patios and pole lights are perfect for walkways.

Set the mood with décor: From lighting shaped like woodland creatures to the most soothing fountains, there are several décor items that can add a whimsical charm to your outdoor space. Decide a theme and add décor items that match. You can even get creative with artificial or natural landscaping.

Adel Sajan is group managing director of the Danube Group. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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