1. Light it up
When it comes to garden party decorations nothing says summertime relaxation like festival lights and outdoor torches. As evening dawns, the lights create an ambience of intimacy. Place them around 3-4 feet apart to define the perimeter while illuminating the garden. Add outdoor torches for a little extra outdoor decoration ‘magic.’
2. Play on!
It’s important to have a few party games ready to ease guests into the afternoon. We would suggest the light seasonal playfulness of badminton, though even the simple brilliance of a Bocce set, the classic delight of croquet or a light game of cards never fails get things warmed up.
3. The thing about tableware
Make sure your outside eating area is as personal as it is inside. Spice up the outdoor party decorations by wrapping recyclable wooden spoons and forks in evocatively patterned napkins or placing them in jars for that authentic barbecue feeling. The great thing? You'll always have cutlery ready to put on the table when your guests arrive! If you’re worried about your fine china, no sweat! Different vintage plates or trendy melamine dishware will give your garden party a much more authentic and relaxed feel.
4. Kitchen Towels
The one thing barbecue sauce, barbecue chicken, barbecue ribs and more all have in common is the delicious messiness of it all. Be sure to have kitchen towels visible for those times that a beautiful napkin just won’t do.
5. Glassware vs. paper cups
It’s always worth having a small selection of glassware ready for when a small number of friends and family knock on the door. With that said, sometimes it’s wiser (and easier) to have a supply of small paper cups tucked away for the larger events.
Need inspiration for those barbecue dishes? From adventurous twists on the classic barbecue recipes, dips, dips and more dips, to those all-important side dishes, check out our top ideas to throwing the perfect all-American barbecue.