5 styling tricks for the perfect alfresco dinner party

Interior designer, Mia Lake reveals a few simple styling tips that will take your alfresco dinner party to a whole new level.

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Warm weather and alfresco entertaining go hand in hand, but paper plates and plastic cups, not so much. Here, interior designer Mia Lake shares her simple styling tips for a chic and elegant outdoor soiree.

Mia’s top 5 alfresco styling tips

1Take time to consider the colour palette

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To evoke a vibrant, happy and energetic mood, try mixing prints in shades of yellows, oranges, reds and pinks. Greens and blues will create a serene and peaceful ambience. And greys, whites and blacks bring elegance to an event.

2Try draping patterned fabrics, coloured ribbons or glowing lanterns above an outdoor dinner table

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This trick is simple, but effective, helping to evoke the sense of an exotic holiday. As the wind blows, the floating fabrics and dancing ribbons above will enchant your guests, disconnecting them from the stresses of their day-to-day life.

3You could also consider having a dinner party on the ground

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Sit on rugs and dine at low-levelled tables. Just make sure you have lots of comfortable cushions so guests are more likely to stay longer.

4Props are a great way to set the mood

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Bright patterned beach umbrellas or Moroccan-inspired cushions create a cool laid-back vibe, while vintage wooden wine barrels establish a sophisticated setting.

5Lastly, don’t stress

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A dinner party doesn’t need to be elaborate or over the top. People are actually less likely to mingle when everything is perfect and too polished. Instead, use miss-matched furniture and handcrafted decorations for a personal touch.

Want to give alfresco entertaining a try?

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.