After such a prolonged period of restrictions, people are now more ready than ever to start spending time with loved ones. It is the perfect space for those with backyards to create a party zone that allows for easy mingling and enjoyment of the outdoors. This area can extend the indoor living space and provide a new area to customize into a party pad. Here are a few ideas on creating the perfect environment for entertaining.
Create Distinct Sitting Areas
For parties, you will want to spread out the sitting areas across your backyard so people can more comfortably get together in small groups and engage. You will encourage more interactions this way than compelling people to sit around one big table like with a formal dinner. You can use folding tables and chairs, garden seats, and so on to provide a more intimate setting. Make it as comfortable as possible with cushions and provide tables or stools where guests can place their drinks.
Extend Your Outdoor Space
You do not have to restrict your party space to just the backyard. Open your patio doors to allow guests to settle into your indoor living space and kitchen area. If you have a carport with access to the backyard, you can also add seating and set up tables for food and drinks here. This space can especially come in handy when it becomes very sunny or even rains. Your guests can seek shelter without the need to end the party.
You can make your backyard look more cheerful and interesting by introducing artwork into the space. You can paint motifs or add mosaics using small tiles from the wall siding to the fence and walkways to flower beds. You can even add interesting focal points like sculptures, small fountains, or even throw up some graffiti. Introducing color and artistry is a great way to give this environment a more party feel.
It is challenging to party when you are outdoors in the dark. There needs to be a better light source at night. The light that comes through your patio doors from the inside or the moon may not be enough. Invest in lighting fixtures around your backyard, more so around any artwork that will help brighten the space. String lights are a more playful, aesthetically pleasing, and easily affordable way to light up your outdoor area.
Set Up Food Buffet Style
Make use of an old table and drape it with a table cloth to create a buffet table. Place it outdoors to discourage guests from coming into the house too often to get some food. Be sure to keep replenishing supplies as needed and have someone go around to collect dishes once used, unless using disposables. It would help if you had some strategically placed bins for easier cleanup.
Partying in the summer is great until it gets too hot. If you plan to host while the sun shines and want your guests to enjoy the warm outdoors more, you need to provide adequate cover, especially around seating areas. Shade sails and outdoor umbrellas work great. You can also DIY shade using metal or aluminium from aluminium suppliers Melbourne, or otherwise canvas from the hardware store or old bedsheets and table cloths.