Creating the Perfect Party Atmosphere
Hopefully, this summer will bring with it plenty of warm and sunny weather. Balconies provide the perfect setting for hosting a summer garden party, whether youâ€™ve got something special to celebrate or just want to get together with your friends. If youâ€™re planning on holding an outdoor party, here are some top tips for creating the right atmosphere.
Lighting Helps Set the Scene
If your party is likely to go on into the evening, then lighting is essential to help your guests move around. However, itâ€™s also useful for setting the right party mood. One simple solution is to place jam jars with tea lights in them around the edge of the balcony. They could be put inside coloured paper bags with gravel to weigh them down. The light shining through the bag will create different effects depending on the colour. This will also look good from the outside if itâ€™s shining through a glass balustrade. Jam jars can also be attached to the balcony railings using some twine to make a garland of light.
Keeping Your Guests Cosy
It would be nice to think that every summer evening will be balmy, but obviously thatâ€™s not always the case in this country. Therefore itâ€™s a good idea to have some way of keeping your guests warm and cosy should the evening be a bit chilly. The latest trend for stylish parties is to use a fire pit, and you can hire these for the occasion. If you intend to use the fire pit on a few occasions, then it might be more cost-effective to buy yourself one. This creates a focal point that your guests can gather around, as well as providing both heat and light.
Adding the Right Decorations
When youâ€™re decorating your balcony for the party, you can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish or your budget allows. For some parties you might have a particular theme, whist for others itâ€™s more of a causal affair. You also need to consider the design of the balcony and choose decorations that will complement this. An easy decorating solution is to hang bunting from the railings or attach it to a glass balustrade. Balloons are not just for childrenâ€™s parties, and a few round helium-filled balloons secured to the railings will give the balcony a true party feeling.
When youâ€™re holding an outdoor party, you donâ€™t want guests going through the house to get their drinks. However, itâ€™s also important that the drinks remain nice and cold. Itâ€™s quick and easy to create your own ice buckets from garden pots and planters. You can brighten up the outside with crepe paper and line the bottom with a plastic bag. Then simply fill it with cold water and ice.
Being the perfect party hostess doesnâ€™t have to take a great deal of time. By following a few of these simple tips, youâ€™ll be able to hold a party that everyone will remember.