I like patio parties. But i had a problem with animals like Raccoons sneaking on to my property at night looking for food. One of my female guest got scared when she took off her shoes and stepped on a small Rodent.
I solved the problem by getting light fixtures in the form of a deck light. I move it around to where my guests are eating and that scares the small animals away. Because its solar light, I don’t have to worry about cords and electrical sockets. I use two light fixtures.