With the arrival of the warm weather and longer days, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor entertaining. Whether you have a spacious backyard or a small balcony, furnishing your outdoor space can transform it into an inviting and comfortable area for hosting garden parties and social gatherings. Here are 7 tips on how to furnish your outdoor space for garden party season.
1. Define your space
The first step in furnishing your outdoor space is to define the area. This can be done by using furniture, plants and lighting to create a defined space. In a large backyard, you might want to create separate areas for dining, lounging, and entertaining. On a smaller balcony, you can define the space by using a small table and chairs or a rug. For example, you might have to have a clear section of your outdoor area for outdoor dining and another separate section for relaxing.
2. Choose comfortable seating
Comfortable seating is essential for any outdoor entertaining. Whether you opt for a sofa, chairs, or a combination of both, choose pieces that are comfortable and durable. Consider adding cushions or throws for extra comfort and style. In Australia, outdoor furniture made from materials such as teak, rattan or wicker is popular due to their durability and ability to withstand the elements.
Think about the type of parties you want to throw, and ensure you select seating options that accommodate your plans. For example, if you plan on having casual barbeque parties, a comfortable outdoor sofa and coffee table table is a must.
3. Add shade
The Australian sun can be harsh, so adding shade to your outdoor space is important. Consider installing a pergola, umbrella, or shade sail to protect your guests from the sun’s rays. You can also add shade by using plants such as trees or tall shrubs. If space in your outdoor area is limited, however, it may be more beneficial to opt for an umbrella that can be easily removed/introduced into your outdoor space rather than a plant or fixture that permanently blocks sunlight.
4. Think about lighting
Lighting can create a magical atmosphere in your outdoor space. For evening garden parties, consider stringing up fairy lights, hanging lanterns or placing candles around the space. Solar-powered lights are a popular choice in Australia, as they are eco-friendly and don’t require electricity.
5. Purchase an outdoor dining set
If you plan on hosting outdoor dinner parties, consider investing in a dining table and chairs. A large wooden or metal table with comfortable chairs will create an inviting atmosphere for your guests. If space is limited, a bistro set or a bar table and stools can be a great alternative.
6. Invest in an outdoor kitchen
If you enjoy cooking and entertaining, add an outdoor kitchen to your backyard or outdoor space. A BBQ or a pizza oven can transform your outdoor space into a functional and stylish outdoor kitchen. This will allow you to cook and entertain your guests without having to go back and forth between your indoor kitchen and outdoor area.
7. Decorate with plants
Plants can add colour and life to your garden and using potted plants, hanging baskets or a vertical garden can be an effective way to decorate your outdoor space. You can also use plants to create privacy, especially if you’re overlooked by your neighbours.
In conclusion, furnishing your outdoor space for garden party season in Australia requires a combination of comfort, functionality and style. By following these tips, you can transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and inviting area that your guests will love. Happy entertaining!