Outdoor events are becoming increasingly popular, which means that you might need to think outside the box to make sure that your night really stands out from the crowd. This list provides a range of unique and exciting ideas that can help you take your outdoor event to the next level.
Plan the menu
When it comes to planning the menu for your outdoor event, the approach should all be about ease and simplicity. One of the best cooking methods you can make use of for an outdoor event is outdoor grilling. Not only is a BBQ a great way of easily feeding a large group of people relatively quickly, but it produces a delicious smell and helps to create a relaxed and laidback ambiance. If you don’t have a grill, consult a gas grill buying guide to find out which type is best suited to your needs. In addition to grilled food, you might want to prepare a cheese and meat board to be passed around the party. Once you have decided on the food you can then turn your attention to the drinks. It is important to consider which drinks you will serve in advance not only to make sure you have time to buy all the necessary ingredients but to tie down the practicalities, like how to keep the drinks cool.
Set up the decorations
When you are hosting an event outside it can be easy to assume that the potential for decoration is pretty limited. However, with enough imagination, this doesn’t have to be the case. The first thing to consider when you are designing decorations for your outdoor event is lighting. Fairy lights are a simple and cost-effective lighting solution that will work in a range of different spaces. For example, you can hang fairy lights up between trees to create a canopy of lights. Alternatively, you can pin them to your wall or fence. Candles and lanterns will also provide soft and pretty lighting; just remember to keep them in areas where they are not in danger of being knocked over.
Once you have sorted out the lighting you can consider other ways to decorate your outdoor space. One idea cost-effective idea is to bring some inside soft furnishings, such as blankets, carpets, and pillows outside to create a soft and comfortable area to relax in. Alternatively, you could really embrace the natural setting and incorporate flowers into the decorations by wrapping garlands around furniture and adding some hanging baskets.
Sort out the music
The first step of sorting out the music for your outdoor event is to find the right speaker. Once you have found a speaker you will want to secure it in its location. Not only should you put the speaker in a location that faces where the majority of people will be, you will also want to leave it under cover so it will not be damaged in case it rains. Once you have sorted out the speaker set-up you can then spend some time creating a playlist.