New York, May 18 IANS | 5 months ago

Longing for relaxed evenings on the deck with friends, food and drinks? Work on the outdoor arrangement first.

Here's how to set the mood for summer outdoor entertaining, reports

* Design a welcoming seating arrangement: Think of your outdoor furniture as you would your indoor living room furniture, and arrange your chairs, sofas, and tables in a way that's conducive to conversation. Create a focal point and ensure that seating is no more than eight feet apart. Put a table within reach of each seat to allow for easy access to drinks.

* Create a focal point: If your exterior space doesn't have a natural focal point like a fireplace or stunning view, create one with a patio umbrella or a richly textured outdoor wall fountain.

* Use a ceiling fan: If your porch is covered, an outdoor ceiling fan can help beat the heat. It's not necessary but the extra level of climate control helps to create a comfortable space for your guests on hot and sticky summer nights.

* Set the mood after dark with candles: An array of outdoor lanterns creates an intimate atmosphere and encourages late-night conversation. Lighting is the key to setting a mood when entertaining.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)

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