Garden Party Essentials – 4 Top Tips & Ideas!

Everyone loves a garden party!

And with the current situation we find ourselves in, outdoor events are even more popular than usual.

In this post, Stressfree | The Venue Transformers looks at some of the key decorative elements you may like to consider when designing and styling your perfect garden post on garden party essentials for wedding design and venue styling

1.A little pretty goes a long way …

There are so many ways to dress your garden party.

Think about how the space is going to be used and also the time of day.vintage garden furniture at the four seasons walled garden hampshire uk

To provide seating in the gorgeous walled garden at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, our vintage-style garden furniture complements the surroundings wedding at a barn venue with atmospheric lighting

For the reception area at this wedding, simple floral centrepieces in gin bottles, coupled with votive-holders, looked stunning against the atmospheric lighting in the gardens.fairylights in the walled kitchen garden at chewton glen hotel hampshire

For this VIP event at Chewton Glen Hotel, Hampshire to promote the newly designed kitchen garden, fairylights lined the pergola in a contemporary style and lanterns dotted the flower beds.Fairylights to the shrubs at upwaltham barns wedding venue

Fairylights draped in the shrubs really liven up this Sussex courtyard as night falls.

2.Make an Entrance

Set the scene as soon as your guests lanterns and pealights at northbrook park wedding venue surrey

This may be as simple as deploying some lanterns and fairylights – used here to define the entrance and lead guests from the car park into an evening wedding reception at Northbrook Park, Farnham, Surrey.colourwash and fairylights for a private party in kent

This shows a much more dramatic effect for this birthday party held in our client’s own home.  A colourwash lights up the walls of the house and fairylights dress the bushes and trees outside.paper bag lanterns on the lawn at botley's mansion wedding venue surreyFor a simpler approach, but no less dramatic, we used paper bag lanterns and paraffin torches to dress the approach to Botley’s Mansion in Surrey, for this event.gas flambeaux line the pathway through the garden to the marqueeThis was such a stunning garden setting for a party, and our gas flambeaux added a sense of theatre to the occasion.  Brass lanterns on crooks lined the pathway through the gardens, with a pretty archway dressed with fairylights at the entrance to the marquee.

3.Create a set piece or statement installation

This is a great idea if you are working to a budget, but works equally well to zone or theme your event.hanging lanterns over a floral tablescape at northbrook park surreyThis stunning floral tablescape was displayed under our canopy of hanging lanterns, providing a beautiful set piece which doubled as a floral table plan for this pretty Surrey wedding.large illuminated love letter prop with muslin backdrop at chewton glen

For this Ibiza themed pool party at Chewton Glen, our large illuminated LOVE letters, framed with a sheer drape, provided the perfect backdrop to the pool.woodland themed set piece for a whimsical midsummer night's dream themed birthday garden party

This whimsical set piece, comprising deer, rabbits, fairylights and lighting effects, was glimpsed through the clear walls of the marquee for this Midsummer Night’s Dream birthday party in this fabulous Surrey garden.hanging lanterns storm lanterns and fairylights prop hire at the hurlingham club london for a vip garden party

For this VIP garden party at the Hurlingham Club London, vintage-style lanterns were hung in a cluster overhead to provide a focal point to the event space.  Storm lantern clusters and fairylights completed the look, creating a truly magical environment.ribbons hang from a tree behind our vintage garden furniture for a pretty vintage themed garden wedding party

A simple statement installation of pastel ribbons floating in the breeze from this tree, tie in beautifully with the vintage theme for this garden wedding.

4.Be creative with your venue choice

Remember, your perfect garden party doesn’t necessarily have to take place in a garden!

Be creative and think outside the box, when sourcing your perfect venue.moroccan themed pool party with draping and lighting hire in sussexThis pool party for an 18th birthday had such a fun feel.  The gazebos were dressed with fabric purchased in Morocco, and supplemented with fairylights and ceiling lanterns.  Inside each gazebo, tables were dressed with coloured cloths and vibrant china, glassware and flowers completed the picture.wisteria canopy overhead at devonshire terrace london

For this modern wedding at Devonshire Terrace, London, the urban warehouse space was dressed with an overhead canopy of wisteria, under which guests dined.festoons and bunting for a festival themed wedding at the royal festival hall londonThe contemporary architecture of the Royal Festival Hall may not seem the obvious choice for a festival theme, but the iconic building and far reaching views appealed to this couple.

The internal and external areas were dressed with festoons, coloured bunting and rustic furniture, whilst inside a carpet of real grass provided the finishing touch.festival themed wedding at the royal festival hall london

Let’s bring your garden party or outdoor wedding to life!

If you’re ready to be blown away by the look of your venue, then we’re brimming with ideas.

To discuss how to dress-up your garden party or outdoor wedding …

Call us on 020 7610 1060


We’d LOVE to work with you.

For more ideas for dressing your garden party, please visit our pinterest board by clicking here.

And if you are exploring ways to light-up your outside space, you will love this post too!4 stunning ways to light up your wedding

Venue credits:

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Chewton Glen Hotel

Upwaltham Barns

Northbrook Park

Botley’s Mansion

Hurlingham Club

Devonshire Terrace

Royal Festival Hall