If you are planning a hold a party on your patio, invest some time researching ways to glam up your backyard soiree. A party at home gives you the opportunity to show off your new patio and keep party costs down. Not having to pay venue hire costs and commercial food and drink prices can save you hundreds of dollars.
You want your patio to look party-ready so dress it up with some decorations. To get you started with some ideas, log on to Pinterest and search ‘backyard party decorations’. Visit your local party shop and stock up on themed decorations and party supplies. Order helium balloons for added pizazz. eBay is another good source of party decorations. You’ll find everything from tissue paper pom poms to red carpets and everything in between.
If your party is at night, lighting can transform your patio and backyard. Again research on Pinterest for ideas on how to create the mood you want for your party. There are plenty of inexpensive lighting options now available and most don’t require an electrician. You could use string or fairy lights, coloured lights, uplighting of feature plants, border lights, candles, floating lights for your pool and even glow-in-the-dark painted pots.
Heating and Cooling
If your party is at night during the cooler months of the year, you may need to think about heating the patio area. Consider using gas heaters or a fire pit in the backyard if it’s safe to do so.
A daytime party on a hot summer’s day, may need cooling for your patio. Hire an electrician to install an outdoor ceiling fan or use a misting fan if you need to keep a big group of people cool on a very hot day.
Party hire companies can supply everything you need to save you having to buy items you may not use again. Hiring will also save you time running around purchasing the items. Decide if you will be supplying seating for some or all of your guests. Chairs can take up a lot of room so first work out how much space you have available.
Countdown to Party Time
It’s important to get organised early so you aren’t rushing at the last minute to pull the party together. Here is a timeline for getting your backyard and patio party ready!
Eight weeks out
Six weeks out
Print and send out the invitations
Order your decorations
Book a caterer if you are using a company to supply the food otherwise decide on your menu with food items that can be made in advance and frozen
Write a list of drinks and organise tubs or fridges for keeping them cold
Book wait or kitchen staff for serving food and drinks
Book a DJ or organise your music
Book the hire company
Five weeks out
Draw a plan of your patio and decide where everything will be located - drinks, food tables, DJ, dance floor
Four weeks out
Two weeks out
One week out
Give your patio a good clean by washing windows, door frames, floor, BBQ and furniture
String up lights to check they are working
Day of party
Wipe over any outdoor dusty surfaces and clean the floor
Set up the tables and move everything out to the patio
Pick up any balloons you have ordered
Hang up your decorations and any additional lighting
Stand back and admire how good your patio looks
Enjoy the party!