Get the lighting right - If you are to create a fun and inviting atmosphere, lighting is essential. You can use solar panels if you are looking for an eco-friendly way to light up an outdoor space once the sun goes down.
Make sure you have enough chairs - It is important to make sure you have enough chairs for your event. Of course, you don’t need to have one chair per person, especially if you are having a big event. But it is important to have a good number of chairs so that people can sit down when they want to. If you are hosting a small, intimate get together, make sure everyone has somewhere to sit at all times. If you need to buy some chairs for your garden, why not add a rustic touch with a couple of rocking chairs. Your guests will love relaxing on these, and you can find a good selection here: http://www.therockingchaircompany.com/rocking-chairs/rustic.html.
Bring comfort outside - It is important to make your outside space as comfortable as possible. A good way to do this is by placing soft furnishings in your garden. A rug placed underneath the serving table and scatter cushions placed on the chairs will make a huge difference, ensuring your guests can get cozy and enjoy the event.
Ensure a level of privacy - This is especially important for pool parties. Your guests don’t want to feel like they have prying eyes on them throughout the event, and we are sure you don’t want to feel like this either. Here are some tips on enclosing your pool area effectively: http://www.luxurypools.com/blog/enclosing-your-space-making-your-pool-area-free-prying-eyes.
Provide shade - Not only do you need to provide privacy, but shade is important too. Incorporate a garden parasol or awnings, or if you are looking for a long term solution, invest in a pergola. The last thing you want is for people to leave your event with sunstroke.
Add color and fragrance with flowers - A garden is incomplete without some beautiful flowers. If you are socializing with friends and family during the evening, why not plant some night-scented flowers? Good examples include Jasmine, Honeysuckle, and Phlox. They will add a stunning aromatic fragrance to your gathering.
Tidy up - Last but not least, make sure you tidy up! There is nothing worse than inviting people to a garden full of weeds or with a lawn that is in good need of being mowed. If you don’t have time to mow the lawn, at least use a strimmer to ensure that the edges are neat and tidy.