Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 15th 2013 Contents Carry the fun outside this season when
friends and family drop in. Whether it's an
informal daytime get-together, or a semi-
gala evening affair, follow these 12 helpful
tips to great outdoor entertaining.
1. An umbrella not only has the obvious
task of providing shade, it also helps de-
fine your outdoor dining room.
2. Create cozy seating areas with comfort-
able outdoor furniture (you can add some
indoor pieces, too) to encourage conver-
3. Stock a bar cart with essentials: glasses,
plates, ice, a cocktail shaker, and swizzle
sticks. Wheel it back to the kitchen if you
4. Set up tables in separate areas say,
drinks in one spot, dessert in another to
encourage guests to roam.
5. Make wind less of an issue by skipping a
tablecloth. Weight dishes and greet
guests with small bowls of fresh fruit.
6. Keep bugs away from food with an up-
ended wire-mesh colander.
7. Use Popsicle sticks to distinguish the
meat pastelles and sandwiches, from
8. On a steamy night, your guests will be
happy with simple fare: sparkling drinks
and savoury little bites, like fancied-up
9. At twilight, make sure you provide plenty
of lighting. Light up an outdoor dinner with
bright, festive strands intertwined with fo-
10. Circle your party area with citronella
candles or incense sticks to light when
11. Go earth conscious - add solar lights
which run on energy gathered during the
12. A solution for cautious hosts: use bat-
tery-operated candles. Provides you
with the same warm light, with no wor-
ries of wind or dripping wax.
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Entertaining In Style
Even though paint and decorations for
Christmas is a great and unique way to
light up a room and set the mood, overhead
lighting actually puts the 'cherry on the top'
when it comes to creating that ideal
atmosphere at dinner parties and other
events at your home. Whether it's festive
or laid back, the way you utilise lights can
help give you your desired effect.
There is so much more to lights than just flipping
the switch on and off. Besides its usual functions it
can serve as a decorative or conversational piece for
any event at your home.
Maria Lalacksingh, Manager of Nova Lighting, ex-
plains that the best way to determine what type of
lighting to use in a room is to consider the purpose
of the room; in so doing you can choose one type or
a combination of lighting which consist of task, am-
bient and accent. Lalacksingh gives examples how
to light up and create that desired mood.
LIVING ROOM LIGHTING
In doing lighting for a living or family room you
can use a combination of lighting since the space
will most likely be for lounging and entertaining. You
can use a decorative light fixture which can be a
chandelier or a flush mount/semi flush ceiling light;
you can also choose to put a beautiful ceiling fan
with a light. The light fixture in the centre of the
room will be your main lighting. Some recessed
downlighters can be placed on the perimeter of the
ceiling which can be used to accent paintings on the
walls and also other items in the room based on
where it is placed. For additional ambient lighting
you can also add a couple of floor lamps or table
lamps, based on the size of the room.
By installing a beautiful chandelier or pendant
light fixture suspended over your dining table, you
can make a big difference to your dining space. By
installing just a simple dimmer you will be able to
create the right atmosphere for dining.
ENTRY WAY LIGHTING
Your entry way is the first impression for visitors,
so make sure it is well lit and also done as it was
well thought of. This can be done by using one or a
combination of these fixtures; a decorative chande-
lier or pendant, wall fixtures and downlighters based
on the size of the entry way.
By using dimmers in a space you can set different
levels of lighting to create whatever mood you want in
the space base on what it is being used for at the time.
By using dimmers you automatically save on the life of
your lamps (light bulbs) and also on your electricity bill.
There are different types of lighting controls and
systems that can be used to control lighting from a
single room to the entire home. By using a single
room control you can control up to six different sets
of lights and set different scenes; by the touch of
one single button you can turn on/off all the lights in
the room. Also by the touch of a single button you
can have a mood/scene for entertaining or whatever
settings the scene buttons were programmed for.
Lighting controls are also great for letting you
light your home for a welcoming entrance with the
touch of a button.
You can also turn off forgotten lights from your bed
with the touch of a button, and with the touch of one
button, you can turn your landscape lighting on/off.
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