The barbeque season is almost upon us and alfresco dining is soon to be on back on the agenda. I love nothing more than inviting friends and family round for a relaxed bite to eat and a few drinks, but I’m always very conscious that the garden party doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. In my house, this is usually when the little ones are in bed and the fun is just getting started!
I love setting the scene and always pay particular attention to the outdoor lighting. It helps guests find their way about, while also adding an alluring ambience to the evening. All you need after that is to add some good food, background music, wine, a few garden chairs, large plush oversized cushions on the lawn, and even a swing seat, and your guests will be so cosy they will happily wrap up in a throw or oversized jumper and continue to enjoy the evening.
If you’re planning a few barbeques this summer and want to throw an outdoor party with pizzazz then don’t overlook your outdoor lighting. It’s the attention to detail that turns a good barbeque into a great night. Here are a few top tips to help you create ambience in your outdoor space by getting creative with your outdoor lighting; there really is nothing quite like the twinkle of lights, lanterns and candles set against a natural scene.
1) Add a fire pit; this is very on trend and is the ultimate mood maker. It’s also a very quick and easy way to make your garden warm and inviting once the sun has gone down. An additional benefit is that it can be used all year round and will prove to be a great investment. I have a very simple rustic metal pit at home which my guests always love to gather around. It also looks spectacular when the sun has gone down and you can hear the crackle of the wood burning and see the flicker of flames and beautiful colours of the embers.
2) I love strung lights and have them hanging inside my house, so whenever I have an outdoor party I like to get creative and weave outdoor rated solar string lights along trellises, tree branches or even hang them from my porch or shed. This simple touch is sure to add a gorgeous glow to your barbeque party and is eco-friendly too.
3) Why not create a pathway with candles lit inside hurricane holders? This look is absolutely striking and I have also found it practical to help guests find their way back to the house; it also helps keep flower beds safe.
4) I love lanterns and hurricanes that can be hung from tree branches or on fence posts. They gently illuminate the scene to create a soft, diffused glow. Another great idea is adding lights to your pot plants as this turns a simple garden plant into a feature.
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