A rustic, chic space for hosting friends and family sets the scene.

A little food and music are essentials to any party. When you take the party outdoors, large open spaces and simple gardens can become a little boring without all your interior decor to create an atmosphere. Having a selection of items ready for your outdoor party can bring warmth and vitality, jazzing up any occasion. 

Get creative and bring your chic theme out into the open air with these simple but effective ideas.

String and Fairy Lights

String fairy lights in your garden to create atmosphere at an outdoor party
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A classic addition to any outdoor decor selection are string lights. There are so many options for outdoor lights, but their timeless style of these lights always set the mood. 

To keep it minimal, framing your space with poles and connecting string lights to them is a simple and classic way of creating a relaxing atmosphere.

To add a little more, you can mix it up with the finer fairy light style. These little lights can go anywhere: you can wind them between wall fixtures, around plant pots, or scrunch them up in a vase and suddenly you have a centrepiece!

Throws and Cushions

Use throws and cushions to add comfort, colour and texture at an outdoor party
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Whether you are throwing a party in your garden, the farm shed or the forest, having throws at hand to put on the grass or even the odd hay bale will really transform a space.

Choose a selection of throws that match the theme you have in your home or garden space. Bold contrasting colours or light pastels are always firm favourites. To finish off the look, add in a mix of large and small cushions following the same colour scheme and you’ll have a space that looks modern and fresh.

Hoop Wreaths

Outdoor table laid with homemade decorations
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Here is a fun DIY project for the weekend! There are some beautiful hoop wreath designs out there, particularly where the hoop is exposed and flowers are arranged to one side. This design adds an elegant touch that will transform any space your wreath occupies.

Stick to your theme when choosing the colours of your flowers, or go for a classic leaf design for a refined rustic look. You can hang it as a permanent feature on a shaded wall or bring it out to jazz up unconventional spaces.

A Fire Pit

A fire pit provides warmth and comfort for an outdoor evening party
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Hosting friends and family outdoors does not have to be limited to the summer months with a fire pit. Cosying in around the bellowing flames exchanging stories as the night draws in is an atmosphere that you’ll want to recreate again and again. 

It’s a good idea to keep your fire pit in a shaded area to minimise smoke. You should also keep it away from anything that is hanging low or easy to catch fire for your safety. 

Create memories with your loved ones with these outdoor decoration ideas that will convert a space from drab to chic throughout the year. With a little thought and a defined theme, you’ll find yourself enjoying outdoor parties more and more.

Featured image credit: Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash


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