With the weather warming up, barbeques and outdoor parties won’t be far away. This spring, try these top five tips to make your outdoor party memorable.
Tip One: Decorate for your space
If you’re limited on space, don’t over clutter with decorations. Keep plenty of table room available for your guests to place their drinks and have a designated area for bags. The less clutter, the better!
Create visual aesthetics with statement pieces which will brighten your area. Try a bright cluster of planters like the Gumdrop Planter, Sunkiss Planter or Mykonos Planter. Hanging decorations work beautifully outdoors, try our Swivel Hanging Pot Holder and Strawberry Hanging Planter. Stringing up a line of lanterns like our Henson Lanterns, or Atrium Lantern is also ideal for creating ambiance for late afternoon/evening parties.
Tip Two: Choose a theme
To ensure your party leaves guests talking about the experience long after the event, add a touch of personality and theme the event. Creativity is key here!
For a casual brunch, pick a colour scheme like turquoise for fun and white for fresh. What about an outdoor dinner party? Think outside the box and go all out – we love opulent themes like Arabian nights – thick rugs, rich colours, floor cushions and beautiful lanterns scattered around!
Tip Three: Make sure you have enough tables and seating
Having enough seating may seem straight forward, but a shortage of tables or chairs can dampen guest experiences. Plan for the entertaining area and how many RSVPs you’re going to invite.
The start of spring is a great time to invest in a new piece of outdoor furniture. A pop of colour goes along way. If you prefer small intimate gatherings, a table like the Jacob outdoor set might be best suited for your outdoors. For a larger seated dinner party, the Umbria Dining package would make a great addition, the bench seating allows for more people at the table.
We love an open plan entertaining space. Stick to one style with your indoor and outdoor furniture selections, as it can create an environment with a seamless flow. For example, if timber features heavily inside, try to replicate that outside with subtle pieces like the Portsea Stool that combine metal and timber, or if your interiors feature a lot of white, try the Adelphi Outdoor Dining package.
Tip Five: Serve it up
Food is probably one of the most essential aspects of the entertaining experience, which makes beautiful serving style the pinnacle of importance. Chic platters in wood, white porcelain and serving boards (marble is our favourite this season!) work well for larger parties and canapés; whereas serving bowls is the perfect serving option for chips or nuts. One of our favorite entertaining tricks is using individual milk bottles as cocktail glasses.