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A beautiful garden is something every outdoor lover should have. And while spring is approaching, it is the perfect time to start getting your garden ready for entertaining. If you want to enjoy your garden comfortably and be a host your guests will remember, check out these tips.

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1. What Is the Occasion?

Are you planning an intimate dinner with your closest friends and family, or perhaps you are inviting your coworkers to discuss business strategies on a Sunday afternoon?

The occasion determines the type of guests that are coming, and you should make plans according to them; after all, you want to impress and entertain them. Once you think about the occasion and the people that are arriving, you can move on to other things.

2. Determine the Style

Before you decide on seating and decor, you should probably determine the style of your garden even if you never set one before. Rozzane & Friends suggest the following styles: Japanese, modern, Mediterranean, eco-friendly and so forth. This choice can be based on your personal style, occasion and budget. Regardless what your choice is, make sure that you can arrange everything, and if this is your first time doing it, perhaps going with something simple is the best choice.

4. Seating

Now that you took care of the “abstract” things it’s time to become practical and decide on accommodation; after all, your guests will probably want to sit somewhere, especially after they have a couple of drinks. Homify suggests a patio because it usually comes with a table, four to six chairs (depending on your choice) and a parasol.

Furthermore, make sure that the seating is aligned with the style (if you decided on one). If you do not have a particular style in mind, then make sure that everything fits in the overall environment of the garden.

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5. Decor

Your guests have the food, the drinks and are in their seats; now you want to focus on the atmosphere. Believe it or not, a single rock can change the way you perceive a place, so you can start decorating by adding some stones in your garden.

Again you have to think about the style. Do you want to create a calm or rustic atmosphere? Will your garden be a place of peace (which gardens usually are) or you want to breathe more life into it by adding colourful figurines or decorative lights? If it is a party, you should try to create a cheerful and friendly atmosphere.

6. Music

Speaking of atmosphere, you will probably want music. As Martha Stewart said, “music can make or break the party.” You do not have to complicate things too much, but you can if you know what you are doing.

Perhaps opting for live music is preferable if you are trying to impress someone. Then again, if you are throwing a casual party for your friends, just play the music of your choice. The benefit of playing your music on your device is that everyone else can pitch in and play the song they want.

7. Activities

What do you have in mind for your guest when it comes to activities? If it is a formal dinner, than conversing and sipping wine is probably all you need to have a pleasant evening.

However, if it is informal, then you can come up with something fun, something. Simple activities dancing or playing Pictionary, can bring things to another level. Again, it all depends on the type of guests that are arriving at your home.

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8. Enjoy Yourself!

If you do not enjoy the party, then others will not enjoy it. All that planning can tire you so much that you forget to relax and enjoy yourself. If you have problems with planning your party, you can always ask your friends and family to pitch in.

Someone might bring a bottle of sweet wine, while others might bring a dessert with them. The whole purpose of organizing the event is that everyone enjoys it, and that includes you.

Abby DrexlerAbby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Jackson’s Home & Garden. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs.

Decoration, Fire Pits, Guest Posts, How To, Lighting, Outdoor Heating

5 Accessories to Turn Your Garden into a Stunning Alfresco Dining Room

Throwing a party is always fun – but especially when it is a garden party.  With your garden, there are many things you can do to transform it into a beautiful party location. Just a few special items and thought-out finishing touches will turn your garden into something so magical that your guests will not want to leave.  After reading about these wonderful accessories and the atmosphere they could create for you, your parties will never be the same again.

1. Low Voltage LED Light Net

Drape these sweet little lights over your hedges, trees or shrubs to create a magical and romantic effect, just like those created in the movies.  If your garden doesn’t have  greenery at hand, then hang them from your walls or fences, creating a relaxing atmosphere and calming ambience for your guests.

These lights are low voltage, so they will not be too bright and glaring, leading to soft lighting that will set the mood rather than blind anyone!  White lights would be the perfect colour choice, because it is versatile and soothing, which is what you want for a relaxed garden party.

2. Mosaic Fire Pit

A mosaic fire pit is both practical and picturesque.  This is a unique accessory that will make the atmosphere of your garden party absolutely amazing.  You can use it as a table, which would show off the beautiful mosaic pattern, or you could use it as a fire pit, which would keep your guests warm and produce a shimmering fire.  The fire pit also has a removable grill, which can be used as a barbecue.

3. Indian Garden Parasol

An Indian garden parasol is the perfect centrepiece for a garden party.  The gorgeous details, combined with the beautiful colours, will make your garden look all the more special, while providing shade for your guests.

4. Good Quality Tablecloth

Buying a good quality tablecloth will help to make your garden party look beautiful.  A good quality tablecloth improves the overall presentation, as it looks fresh, crisp and slick on top of the tables, displaying the food and drink. A colourful, enticing tablecloth can make your delicious buffet spread look even tastier!

Why not try a natural white table cloth? Or bright vibrant colours and patterns? Once you’ve got your theme, you can create a look which will captivate your guests and make your party a night to remember.

5. Vintage Style Glassware

Your party wouldn’t be complete without the necessary accessories to serve food and drink to your guests.  Displays, glassware and serving utensils are the finishing touches that pull everything together, so consider using special items that are beautiful .

If you  prefer products that are unique and colourful, yet with a classic twist, then how about vintage style glassware?  A small number of vintage style goblets, dessert bowls and cake plates would be eye-catching additions to brighten up your tables.

These are just a small number of the accessories you could use to transform your garden into a stunning party location, with a magical atmosphere for all your guests to enjoy.  Are there any accessories you would recommend? Share your thoughts below.

 

Shaniqua is a lifestyle blogger from London, who likes to write plays in her spare time.  She enjoys planning and hosting parties and recommends Wipe Easy Tablecloths.