Entertaining outdoors during the warmer months can be a very nice change. Regardless of the size of your outdoor space, you can create an inviting and comfortable area where guests will be able to relax and enjoy your gathering. Many stores tend to put their summer items on clearance during summer- which will make your party planning a bit more affordable. Browse summer clearance items for the perfect outdoor accents before your next party and you just might be able to find some great bargains that will add a touch of summer flair to your outdoor space.
Lighting: Soft accent lighting can really transform an outdoor area and set the ultimate party mood. Look for items like large candles, glass lanterns, and hanging lanterns that might be on summer clearance. Also, consider an outdoor fire pit which will not only create a fabulous ambiance, but will give guests a place to gather and enjoy nice conversation. Tiki torches can also act as a mood enhancer when placed around the perimeter of your party space.
Seating: Creating sitting areas outdoors is perhaps one of the most important ways to dress your party space. If you already have patio furniture, consider rearranging it to give it a unique feel. If you do not have seating outdoors you can always look for great bargains and purchase a few mismatch pieces to incorporate into your outdoor space. Also, looking indoors for items you may already have can really be a fun idea and will save you money. Consider bringing items such as couches, large chairs, and even a futon or daybed outdoors for your party. You can always purchase colorful pillows or cushions to add to the furniture which will give it a whole new look and feel.
Decor: Do not forget to decorate your outdoor space. The good news is that typically, you do not need a lot of décor since nature provides a nice backdrop for your event. However, adding a few festive touches can really pull everything together making for a wonderful outdoor party. If your outdoor space has trees, a patio cover, or some other tall stricter, decorate your space with items that you can hang. You can use hanging lights (like mentioned above), pennants flags, or paper lanterns. Keep your hanging decor minimal which will give it a simple yet dramatic feel. Overdoing it may look a bit tacky.
Tents and Umbrellas: If you have a larger outdoor space to decorate, renting a tent can really transform your party space. Not only will a tent create a new space entirely, it can be very beneficial by providing shade and shelter from the weather. If you have a smaller space but still would like to have the overhead protection, rent or purchase oversized patio umbrellas and place them throughout your space. Umbrellas can be used over tables, over the food area, or just over gathered sitting spaces.
There are many ways that you can take advantage of midsummer sales and in turn create a chic and dramatic outdoor party. Not only will guests be impressed by your outdoor entertaining style, you will be able to save and reuse many of these items year after year making for not just one, but many great outdoors gatherings.
Anne Martin is a writer working for Dinnerware Center. Currently, her favorite dinnerware is the Sengware collection.