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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Evening Party Space

June 22, 2018
by Amy

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Now is the time for warm evening parties, and I have some great ideas to help you create the perfect nighttime atmosphere, outdoors!  We recently welcomed friends over for a party, so we got two of our outdoor patios ready for the occasion.


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In the backyard, I wanted to create an extension of the indoors.  To start, I used two key pieces: an outdoor lounge, and a coffee table.  The coffee table was something I bought at HomeGoods last year, and I used to have in my living room.  I gave it a black paint job, and brought it outside to pair with my outdoor sofa.  Next up, I searched for an outdoor area rug.  I wanted to create a classic black and white look, so this rug was the perfect choice for me.


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I chose a couple of different pillow options for the sofa.  I repeated the black and white look in two of the pillows, with a different pattern.  Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, especially if they are in the same color family. Next, I threw in a bright pop of color with the pink and green outdoor pillows.


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I added white pillar candles to these great white washed wood lanterns that I also found at HomeGoods.  The glow they create is perfect for setting a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


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Planting beautiful white iceberg roses in these ceramic pots from HomeGoods adds a romantic feel.


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Don’t forget a place to display your beverages or cocktails! This is a bar cart I found last summer at HomeGoods.  It used to be a natural wood color, but I decided to give it a coat of black paint for a new look.  Tip: Don’t be afraid to give an old piece a new life with paint! You’ll create an entirely new look for next to nothing!


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 

Another very important part of creating your nighttime party is lighting! My husband I strung LED light strands back and forth across the backyard.  We didn’t buy new lights, we just hung our Christmas lights out here for summer! I also love how they are casually hung, which creates a relaxed and comfortable feel.


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As the sun goes down, the candlelight and string lights shine!


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Our Ranch Style home is laid out in a “L” shape, and this backyard is right in the middle.  But, we also have another, smaller patio on the other side of the “L”, which we call the Side Yard.  I carried the same design ideas over there for our evening party.

Let’s take a look:


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By day, this space is used for swimming and barbecuing, but at night it’s perfect for hanging out by the fire and snuggling up.


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 

I was lucky enough to find this gorgeous furniture at HomeGoods last summer (we have already gotten SO much use out of them).  For this party, I dressed it up a bit with blush pillows and blankets. Again, as the sunlight goes down, the candlelight gets turned up! I believe you can never have too many candles!


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 

Outdoor cafe lights are hung on along the fence for added glow!


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 


Photo by Crazy Chic Design 

Do you think you’re ready to host your own outdoor party with these tips? I hope so! Now it’s time for you to “Go Finding” your own outdoor treasures!

Amy

Amy is a paid blogger for HomeGoods.  She loves to share all of the affordable finds she uses to create a beautiful and comfortable home.