Garden and pool parties in Dubai

We raise our glasses to the best outdoor party ideas

Choosing a venue is a vital part of planning an outdoor bash. Make sure your al-fresco space can accommodate all of your guests. The best thing about having an outdoor party in Dubai is that you rarely need to have a back-up plan in case of rain. Yet the constant sunshine does pose some concerns – even in the cooler months you’ll be exposed to the sun and scorching temperatures – so think about using a canopy, tent or large parasols to provide shade for both your guests and your food and beverages.

Once the sun goes down you can really get creative with your décor. String fairy lights and hang lanterns in trees and around the canopy or add floating candles and lanterns to your pool. Glow Skies provides many different types of lanterns for party purposes (www.glowskies.com, 04 284 8605).

When it comes to nibbles and tipples, a buffet is the best choice for outside soirees, as it gives guests the opportunity to mingle and help themselves to snacks and drinks when they want them. If you’re having an afternoon tea party, you can set up small sandwiches and cakes on fancy trays. Meri Meri party and stationary goods at Bloomingdale’s Home offer cake trays and stands (Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall, 04 350 5440). If you’re having a pool party, grab your grilling apron and roll out the barbecue. Just beware of any foods that can go off or melt due to prolonged exposure to heat, such as cheese and other dairy products. Keep drinks appropriately chilled in coolers stacked with ice and ensure you have enough extra for all of your guests.

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Games are a great way to get the party started and work especially well in the open. An active game of croquet or badminton will get everyone involved and serves as an excellent theme around which to build the party. If you’re throwing a pool party, gather everyone around for a game of water polo or aquatic volleyball. And if you want to get really competitive, have some prizes at the ready for all the winners.

Start with these few simple steps and you’ll be on your way to hosting the hottest outdoor party on the block.

Top 10 pool
party themes
1. Under the sea
2. Surf’s up!
3. Aloha Hawaiian luau
4. Splish splash!
5. Backyard Barbeque
6. Summer in the city
7. Poolside Fiesta
8. The Little Mermaid
9. Beach ball bash
10. Pirates of the Arabian Gulf

Top 10 tea & garden party themes
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2. A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
3. Secret garden party
4. High tea
5. Tuscan garden party
6. Spring fling
7. Al-fresco afternoon
8. Keep Calm and Drink Tea
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