If you are planning a party, whether you have a big birthday on the horizon or are more of the spontaneous soiree type, there are lots of things you can do to prepare your garden for any occasion.
While you may have an event in mind, it is always good to keep your garden well-maintained and ready for guests at the drop of a hat, that way you will n ever be caught out. This will allow you to save time nearer to planned events and lets you get the most out of your garden in between socialising.
Before you add in any extras, you should first start by clearing out any fallen leaves and debris and tend to any existing plants.
Perfecting your garden lounge
No one wants to spend the entirety of a party stood up so incorporating an outdoor lounge area is perfect if you intend to host frequently. This is also something that you can personally get lots of use of on weekends and in the evenings when the weather allows.
Start by measuring the size of your garden and sketching out its dimension either on some paper or online. Doing this will allow you to see exactly what you are working with and should hopefully mean you buy furniture that fits the space well.
You also need to consider how many people you plan on hosting. If you have a small social circle then a standard garden furniture set might suffice, whereas if you plan on inviting a large group, you may also want to buy some additional floor cushions and a bench that can be used when required.
Durability is equally as important as style when it comes to garden furniture. If you do not have the space to store items during the winter months and plan on having them out year-round, you will also need to purchase a waterproof cover or opt for resistant material that isn’t prone to getting mouldy or rusty.
Lighting and atmosphere
There is more to consider than just where people are going to sit, you should also put some thought into how to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Despite the lighter evenings, outdoor lighting is still essential if you want to party all night long. Opt for some that will both illuminate your garden as the sun sets and that will complement the furniture you have chosen.
Even if you are hosting in the height of summer, there is still a high chance that it may become slightly nippy in the evening. Adding some throws to your lounge area will ensure your guests do not feel the cold and can continue enjoying themselves.
Now that the foundations are set, you can now begin thinking about how you might elevate your garden for specific special occasions.
This will be entirely personal to you but could include hanging banners or bunting and themed napkins and tableware.
These small touches make a massive difference to the overall feel of a party and can make perfect backdrops for photographs too.