24 April, 2014
One great way to mix up a party at your house is to move the group outside to enjoy all the hard work you have put into your backyard design. To create an environment that begs you to mingle outside in the warmer weather, read on for inspiration.
Set up stylish seating
Arrange your outdoor seating so you and your friends and family can catch up and converse. Comfortable club chairs with matching ottomans set the scene for intimate conversation, and allow you to kick up your feet and relax. Or cluster armless chairs together to encourage your friends to sit and stay awhile. Limiting the amount of seating you have available inside will encourage your guests to go outside and enjoy the view. Make sure to group your seating around side tables so your snacks and drinks will always be close at hand.
Light your way
Don't overlook the importance of lighting at your outdoor area for your next party. Lighting is a very important and sometimes forgotten element, but done right, you can make a magical world for your party guests that is sure to impress. Create a welcoming space by incorporating table lamps into your decor, which make your deck or patio feel like an outdoor living room! LED orbs are also available that can create a fairyland of light throughout the landscape.
You can even include a fire element to really make a statement. Fire bowls are a great addition to any backyard and are a safer alternative to bonfires. On cool nights your friends and family will love having the option to pull up a chair and gather around the fire.
Drink and dine al fresco
The easiest way to get your guests outside is to move the food and drinks out to your deck or patio. Cleanup is a snap, so arrange a buffet on your outdoor dining or coffee table where your guests can either sit and chat or stand and mingle without getting hungry. You can provide a more intimate feel by spreading small plates around and positioning snacks on accent tables for your guests to nibble on.
Play on your patio
To add an element of excitement to your party, don't forget the games! You can find attractive outdoor sets for any backyard, and after your guests have enjoyed some cocktails and snacks, they will be eager to join the fun. Opt for a bocce set, which allows a large group of people to play and has an elegant court that will only add style to your outdoor decor.