Celebrating a special moment, or just getting together with friends? Make the most of the warmer weather by moving the party outdoors. Enjoy balmy nights, flowing conversation, and your favourite music beneath the stars.
To get you inspired for your next summer party, read on to discover how to add style and flair to even the most casual outdoor get-together.
Create the setting
Size shouldn’t be a restriction when it comes to entertaining outdoors. Whether you’ve got a balcony or an enormous lawn, with the right additions you can make any outdoor space feel festive, welcoming and fun.
An easy way to set the party tone is by adding a splash of vibrant colour. Try stringing up a garland of paper lanterns from low hanging branches or fixtures. Set a table outside with crisp linens and vibrant posies of flowers. You may also simply add a string of coloured bunting to transform an ordinary space into something special.
Do stick to a single theme though. This is to keep it looking organised and put together. A one or two colour scheme is a great start. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could choose a theme around a particularly inspiring idea!
Make it cosy
Outdoor entertaining shouldn’t have to mean perching on uncomfortable foldable stools or plastic chairs. Why not bring a touch of indoor comfort to the outdoors instead?
But hold fire before you start to lug that sofa suite into the garden. Add cosy touches to outdoor furnishing, to soften the area. Create comfort and make it feel more inviting. Throw pillows and a generous pile of soft, brightly coloured cushions and pouffes can transform a garden bench into an exotic and enchanting space.
For the ultimate in outdoor cosiness, add an outdoor fire pit. There’s really nothing quite like relaxing around a crackling fire as the summer sun sets around you.
Light up the night
Make a summer evening party feel magical by lighting up the outdoor world. Choose lighting carefully to create ambiance, warmth and atmosphere.
Try a combination of different lighting. Trails of solar powered string lights will create a gentle fairy-tale glow. Pathways can be lit up with tea lights placed in jam jars. And of course, candles are a classic lighting choice! Just make sure they’re placed safely to avoid any hazards.
Are you planning an outdoor party this summer? How will you do it? We’d love to hear your ideas!
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