This Diwali, let’s take the party outdoors. Whether you’re working with a terrace, garden or small apartment balcony, the key to a successful al fresco soiree is to set the mood. Also, layer, layer, layer! Interior designer Shalini Misra shows you how it’s done.
1. Play with Different Lighting Styles
The protagonist of Diwali is light, so layer your terrace or balcony with various forms of lighting. A mix of contemporary lighting with traditional elements will make an immediate impression on your guests. For a sophisticated and serene look, cluster large, clear vases with pillar candles along with tea lights in water for atmospheric flickers of light, and add a series of traditional brass oil lamps such as diyas. Unravel fairy lights around the space to add a soft glow in the background.
2. Use Marigolds to Bring in Warmth and Freshness
The bright, warm oranges and yellows of marigolds complement the tones of the candle light. They also bring a delicate scent to your setting. Use a mix of low brass and glass vases with greenery such as laurel, freshly snipped from the garden. Place the green foliage around the vases to create a long floral centrepiece. Scatter marigold petals on the floor and dot a few dishes with petals across the tables.
3. Add Sparkle to Your Tablescape
Entice your guests with a beautiful feast. Add a metal highlight to your tablescape by using silver trays to display traditional mithai. Complete the look with jugs, cups, glasses and plates. Use crisp white linen for the silverware to stand out.
4. Try Different Seating Arrangements
Ensure you have ample seating. If your terrace, balcony or garden doesn't have enough seating, bring in poufs, stools and other modular seating from indoors and arrange them in clusters so there are several spots for guests to perch comfortably. Scatter cushions to make the setting even cosier.
5. Incorporate Traditional Decor Items
“Place traditional silver objet’s d’art and silverware, perhaps family heirlooms, amongst your settings. These nods to tradition in a contemporary scene brings an element of heritage and references previous Diwalis celebrated with family and friends over the years.”
This story was originally published on Architectural Digest India