As the days get cooler and alfresco dining becomes hotter, it’s time to make the most of your outdoor space, says Penny Fray
Al fresco gatherings mean fire, friends, food and deliciously fruity mocktails. But don’t be a barbarian just because you’re having a barbecue. Dust down your best china, silver cutlery and candelabras to create a real sense of occasion.
Your table should look tres chic with a tablecloth, floral arrangements and basically everything a guest could want from a dinner party. The Flower Shop at the SABCO Centre makes the most stunning centrepieces.
When it comes to dinnerware, even if you go down the melamine route, make sure your plates and cups pass for hand-painted china with pretty prints. Keep flying pests at bay with citronella candles and create an added sense of comfort with cushions, quilts, hammocks and mini tents.
Don’t have a garden? Don’t worry. Even bijou backyards can be transformed into a secret space for supper with hanging lamps, drapes and plenty of scattered cushions. If you’re on a budget, Daiso at Muscat Grand Mall have the cutest little floral cushions and parasols for less than a rial.
When it comes to food, easy is the buzzword. There’s no shame in store-bought bites. We love the idea of a Middle Eastern mezze with meat cooked simply on traditional hot stones.