LA Good Questions: How to Set Up an (Outdoor) Party?

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We’re hosting a birthday/Memorial Day party this weekend (along with three out-of-town houseguests! Eek!), and one of the things that we’re struggling with is coming up with a good layout for backyard.

Following the rules of our living room, we’re all about creating separate areas–one for eating, for conversation, for playing cards, etc. Unfortunately, we’re at a bit of a loss to how to go about planning it so it’s effective and seemingly effortless. Here’s a mock up of our backyard (so far, all we’ve done is build a cabana on the left side of the trellis). Where would you recommend setting up other sitting/playing areas?