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In today's Redo You: Home Design, interior designer Taniya Nayak shares tips on how to make your outdoor parties sizzle! Try these for next get-together:
Start with a theme.
First you need to decide who you want to invite and how many people. Then you need to do the most important thing: come up with a theme. If you have a theme for a party in mind, whether it is an intimate dinner for two or a big outdoor bash, this idea can carry through from your invites to food/drink to décor and party extras like gift bags.
Avoid paper or plastic dinnerware.
Consider bringing your indoor dining table and chairs outside for a party for two or more. In this case we got some thrift store chairs. They are fairly cheap and you can go the extra mile and paint or re-cushion them or just use them as is. We added a little flair to the table by putting patterned wallpaper on it. This is fairly easy to do and adds a pop of design. If you add some glass on top you have created a unique table created just for your event. For your table and glass wear you should purchase or use the real stuff instead of disposable. We have purchased some Moroccan themed glasses and plates but you can also create your own. This all creates a different atmosphere than a typical indoor dinner party.
Bring indoor rugs outside.
While you do want to embrace the durability of outdoor fabrics for pillows and curtains, you can also create a feeling of comfort by using indoor rugs outside. So if you go get a piece of laminate you can drag one of your rugs from inside, place it on the laminate and you have brought another comfort of home outside.
Create separate spaces.
The main advantage of having an outdoor party is you are adding square footage. And unlike in your house, you don't have partitioned rooms outside. So you need to create "rooms" for different moods. Maybe you have a space for dancing or add a fire pit for a cold night. In this case we incorporated the Moroccan theme with this great ottoman and created a lounge-y Moroccan vibe. We have also added some theme lighting that you can either make yourself or purchase and flowers that tie everything together.
Make a backdrop.
We have created an accent wall by attaching Moroccan baskets to it. You can also do this with plates or really any kind of decorative element to a piece of plywood. And then it can become sort of a back splash of color.