Can you believe that summer is just around the corner? Now that has jolted you awake from your winter slumber it is time to think about how you are going to decorate your outdoor living space.
Whether you’re hosting backyard barbecues or simply enjoying a quiet evening under the stars, there are endless possibilities when it comes to outdoor decorating.
From string lights to patio furniture, this ultimate guide has everything you need to create an inviting and stylish oasis right in your own backyard.
Dining: Tabletop and Food Preparation Decor
When it comes to outdoor dining, setting the mood is key.
If you do not have a dining table to entertain with just yet, don’t panic! It would be a good idea to check out some outdoor dining sets either online or in your local homeware shop. You can find some amazing pieces for summer if you are stuck.
After you have your dining set ready, it is time to start creating a beautiful tablescape with an eye-catching tablecloth, placemats, and napkins.
You may want to add some fun tabletop decor like candles, vases, or centerpieces.
If you fancy doing all your food prep outside, then make sure you have all the essentials like cutting boards, utensils, plates, and cups for everyone.
Lighting: Illuminating Your Summer Celebration
Setting the mood with lighting is essential to any summer celebration. Whether you’re having a pool party or an intimate gathering around the fire pit, the right lights will help create the perfect ambiance.
LED string lights are a popular choice for outdoor decorating. They’re easy to install, come in a variety of colors and styles, and can be used for both temporary and permanent decoration.
If you’re looking for something a little more unique, consider hanging mason jar lights or lanterns.
When it comes to outdoor lighting, safety is always paramount. Be sure to keep cords away from walkways and wet areas, and never leave lights unattended when they’re turned on.
Seating: Creating Comfortable Areas to Socialize
Seating is very important for a backyard, especially if a party is being thrown. You want people to have spaces where they can sit and relax. If the majority is standing around because there is limited seating, this can cause fatigue and they may not be sticking around for long!
No matter what type of furniture you choose, comfort is key. Be sure to test out any chairs or sofas before you buy them and make sure they’re the right height for your tables and counters. It’s a good idea to add cushions and throws for an extra layer of comfort and style.
Don’t forget the little details that can make all the difference in your outdoor space. A few well-placed potted plants can add a pop of color and life to your patio while citronella candles will keep bugs at bay.
Privacy screens can give you some much-needed shade on hot summer days while also providing a bit of extra privacy.
Entertainment: Fun Games and Activities For Everyone
From classic party games like charades and Twister to more unique options like giant Jenga and life-size chess, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
These activities can all be easily set up in your backyard or patio area, helping you make the most of your outdoor space. This is great for children’s birthday parties, especially if you are keen on saving money but still want there to be entertainment.
Décor: Finishing Touches
If you are throwing a backyard party, or just having a few people around for drinks and a small celebration, you still want to have something in your backyard that looks appealing and fun.
Consider adding some fun banners or signs to your decor. This is a great way to personalize your space and add some visual interest. You can find banners for just about any occasion or holiday, so don’t be afraid to get creative!
Your backyard may be a great place to throw a party, but another thing you can do in your backyard is just sit under the stars with your loved ones.
If you want a romantic night between you and your other half, why not think about surprising them with a beautifully decorated patio area where you both can enjoy some food and drink? Away from the loud noises and everyday life.
Pick your theme (let’s guess love!) and go from there. You can hang up pink hearts, and confetti, maybe even bring out your CD player or iPhone and hook it up to a speaker to play romantic music.
The little touches mean a lot.
From string lights to patio furniture, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to outdoor decorating.
So whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or an intimate gathering of friends, make your space one to remember with our tips and tricks.