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Planning The Perfect Outdoor Function

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


Summer is coming to an end, so you may be thinking about that last chance to throw the perfect outdoor party. If you’ve never thrown one before, don’t fret. Simpler is better and with a few tips in mind, you can create an outdoor function that your guests won’t soon forget. Whether it’s for a birthday, holiday, or just to celebrate the good weather, following these tips will ensure your party is a hit.

Setting The Scene

Entice your guests as soon as they set eyes on the party. An air of fun and festivity can easily be created with pops of color. You can easily do this with coordinating paper lanterns, table linens, flowers, and lights. Choose what you like best or what works with the party’s theme.

Make sure guests are comfortable by creating areas that are great for mingling and relaxing. A beverage station gets guests involved (and in a more festive mood). Pillows and chairs create relaxing spots, but be sure not to overdo it – you want your guests mingling and having fun, not taking naps.

Create A Fine Dining Experience

Who says outdoor parties have to be all about paper plates and styrofoam cups? You can bring everything you use to create a beautiful table setting indoors, out to your backyard or patio. A sturdy dining table set with glasses, china, cloth napkins and utensils will create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance.

Create a table setting for each guest if a meal is the center of the festivities. Make each person feel special by placing a handmade party favor at each setting so they can have something to take home once the night is over.

Renovate Your Outdoor Space

Your backyard or patio may be looking a little worn, but don’t let that stop you. Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint, matching outdoor draperies, or adding colorful to cushions to existing patio furniture can instantly transform the look of the space.

Investing in an outdoor canopy is also a great way to make an outdoor area more inviting. A canopy adds instant elegance and provides a comfortable, shaded space for guests to relax and mingle in.

Keep It Coordinated

Choose three colors that you know look great together and make them the theme of your party. This means everything from napkins to patio chair cushions can coordinate for the party. This helps unify the space and delights guests with visual appeal.

Create Comfort

At the end of a meal or party, guests will begin to wind down by finding a comfortable place to sit, drink, and chat with other partygoers. Make sure there are enough seats to do this and places to set down drinks or dessert plates.


If you don’t have enough tables, chairs, or other essentials, don’t sweat. Sometimes a little improvisation can create a charming effect that guests will notice. Make a temporary buffet table by suspending a piece of plywood over two sawhorses and covering with an attractive tablecloth. Borrow chairs from neighbors or friends. The mismatched effect will look spontaneous and playful.

Let There Be Light

Lighting can create a mood that can really set the tone for the whole party. There are a lot of fun options for lighting an outdoor space out there. Even if you don’t have outdoor electrical outlets, you can provide ample light with candles or solar powered lanterns. Get creative, have fun, and make the most of your space. 

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