Holiday Parties: Using your Backyard

December 18, 2015

The Holidays and the New Year are just around the corner. You’re probably so busy shopping and wrapping gifts that you don’t have time to really think about anything else, especially when it comes to your holiday party. Well, here’s some quick tips and advice about how to use your backyard for an event.

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First remember that your backyard provides space that you don’t have to rent. The money you save can be put toward decorations and food. In fact, your backyard is a little more versatile than you might think.

​If you utilize a combination of decorations, lights, and shade structures like awnings and patio covers, you can host a nice Christmas or New Year’s party for your family and friends. Try adding some drop curtains so you can enclose your backyard and provide a more intimate feel.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you plan on using your backyard for a holiday party or any party for that matter:

  • Try installing a retractable awning or a slide-on-wire awning so you can control the amount of shade or overhead cover you want during your party
  • You can rent tables and chairs for seating and dining or you can buy some beautiful wick, wood, or other types of backyard furniture
  • Accent your backyard furniture and area with holiday themed cushions, table cloths, flowers, and other center pieces
  • Use decorations like hanging lanterns and strings of light
  • Put up a Christmas tree to add to the holiday spirit
  • Use an outdoor fire pit – the kind that are portable – as a center piece for a lounging area and remember to be fire safe
  • You can also use tiki torches or solar powered lighting to add to the ambience
​You can even have your gift exchange outside and create a unique experience for your family and friends. If you live in a warm place like California – where the sun is always shining – then you can also have an all day holiday party with a barbeque lunch in the afternoon and Christmas dinner in the evening.
Remember, your backyard is an outdoor living area; it’s an extension of your home. Utilizing this space is just another way to enjoy your home, especially during the holidays.

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