Backyard parties aren’t just for kids’ birthdays anymore. Elaborate outdoor parties are growing in popularity because of their unique blend of casual and chic influences, being used for both weddings and coming-of-age celebrations like Sweet Sixteen birthdays and Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. If you’re considering taking to your backyard for an outdoor party but want to make sure you keep an elegant, grownup feel, here are a few tips to follow:
Choose the Right Tent
The feature of any backyard party should be an attractive canopy or tent. Not only can it provide cover in case of inclement weather, a tent provides a focal point for the party and defines the space. Consider a sailcloth tent if you really want to make an impression; you might need to look around, since not all companies offer them, but sailcloth tents give the impression of floating due to their simple lines and lightweight fabric, almost like parachutes hovering above the partygoers.
Accessorize with Lights
Appropriate lighting can turn any backyard into a wonderland. When you consult with a lighting rental company, make sure you emphasize that you want to stay away from anything too harsh—but also make sure there will be enough light for people to eat, dance and take memorable photos. Use a combination of ambient light, string lights and uplighting to highlight your tent, trees and other decorations.
Add Personality with Rentals
If you’re already renting a tent, consider getting your tables, chairs and linens from the same party rentals company. Having only one rental company to deal with will ensure that nothing slips through the cracks and everything is delivered together and on time. A dance floor rental may also be surprisingly affordable, and much more comfortable for everyone even if you have a concrete patio where you were planning to host dancing.
Have you followed the trend by throwing a chic backyard party? What are your tips for novice party planners? Share in the comments.