5 Quirky Summer Garden Party Ideas

5 Quirky Summer Garden Party Ideas

Summer has just begun, and instead of the usual backyard barbecue, you’re dreaming of a quirky garden affair, full of charm and whimsy. Not sure where to start? Fear not, we have put together a list of top five quirky summer garden party ideas to spark your creativity!

Mismatched dinnerware and vintage objects

To create a whimsical, quirky ambiance, you’ll want to leave the dull dinnerware set in the cupboard for this party. Instead, opt for wonderfully mismatched plates, bowls, and cutlery. If you don’t happen to have those lying around your house, it’s just the excuse you need to pop into your favorite thrift store.

While you’re at it, pick up some vintage objects such as odd wind chimes, garden ornaments, and décor items. For instance, you can use an old wheelbarrow to store your cold refreshments on ice or small decorative birdcages for visual interest.

Bunting, garlands, and pom poms

Nothing says whimsy like bunting, garlands, and pom poms strung up in your backyard. It’s also an excellent opportunity to add a splash of color and character to your garden party. You can create your own colorful ones or find the perfect decorative accessories online or at a party store in your neighborhood. Choose items with quirky patterns; think mustaches, vintage prints, and oddities.

5 Quirky Summer Garden Party Ideas

Lawn games

Indulge everyone’s inner child and up the fun factor by including entertaining lawn games; some options are croquet, bocci balls, cornholes, and giant Jenga. On a budget? You can add some DIY games such as ring toss using spray painted wine or beer bottles from your last party!

Having lawn games at your party will encourage friendly (or fierce) competition among your guests and get people moving and mingling, which makes hosting a breeze.

Photo booth and Polaroids

It’s no exaggeration that guests love photo booths. Just a quick search on Instagram reveals close to 4 million photos with the eponymous hashtag! Skip the expensive rental and have fun creating a unique booth, with the backdrop of your choice and lots of quirky and peculiar props and toys.

If you want to memorialize the party on social media, provide your guests with a catchy hashtag that they can use to share their photos. You can also have a Polaroid or another instant camera handy so that your friends can take a printed souvenir home with them.

Lighting

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. Use a combination soft rope lighting, well lighting, and strategically placed directional lights to add to the quirky atmosphere and keep the party going.

You’ll want to make sure your photo booth and lawn games areas have ample lighting. Well and directional lights do an excellent job at highlighting specific areas of your garden party while landscape lighting‘s circle spread of warm light is ideal for areas where your guests will be sitting and conversing.

Do you plan on trying out any of these fun summer garden party ideas? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook wall!

The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Landscape Lighting

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to buying outdoor lights, this post is for you. For many people, outdoor living spaces are becoming an integral part of how we live, with a wealth of options to help illuminate our gardens. From deck and pond lighting, to well lighting and path lighting, there are a multitude of options to consider. So why is landscape lighting important?

Installing landscape lighting not only enhances the beauty of the features in your garden, whether that be architecture, fountains or paths, but it also increases the value of your home, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Having good landscape lighting also prolongs the time space in which you can use your garden, and ensures its safe and secure.

When choosing the best type of landscape lighting for your garden, you need to consider a number of factors. For this reason, first timers choose to work with a professional landscaper who is knowledgeable about the best types of lighting for your garden as well as methods for installation.

Of course, you can do it yourself without any help from a professional, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with each type of lighting and how they work first. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy to work with and doesn’t necessarily require professional installation for this reason. For low-voltage lighting, you’ll also need to purchase a low-voltage transformer.

Choose whether you want to install halogen lighting, which produces a higher intensity light which is very bright and white, fluorescent lighting, which produces very little heat, while giving off cool, visible light, or LED lighting which is long lasting and energy efficient. LED lighting is quickly becoming the favorite for this reason, although keep in mind that the upfront costs are more expensive than for halogen or fluorescent lighting.

You should also familiarize yourself with where to place lighting for the best effect. For example, it’s usually best to place path lighting between one and two feet from the path to illuminate it. Ground lighting may be enough to highlight the path, or you might find you need a combination of high and low lights for the best results.

If you are unsure of the best lighting to use and how to install it, consult a licensed professional. If you’re looking to buy outdoor lights, check out our website, or contact us for more information.

Should you hire a professional for your landscape lighting project, or do it yourself?

As with any home improvement project, you can choose whether to do it yourself or to hire a professional instead. Often, it takes an experienced eye to decide on the best lighting fixtures to use to highlight the elements of your garden, and although doing it yourself may mean the initial costs are less, choosing to do it yourself may end up costing you more time and money.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional

  • A professional will help you to develop a certain look for your space
  • Keeps your project on budget
  • Saves you time on research
  • Helps to avoid costly repairs
  • A professional may better understand lighting systems and wattage needs

Although hiring a professional makes your landscape lighting project more straightforward, with a bit of research and time, doing it yourself is very possible.

When starting a DIY landscape lighting project you should bear the following in mind:

  • When it comes to path lighting, remember less is more – you’re not installing runway lights for an airplane landing!
  • Be sure to clean the surfaces of your lights and check for burned out bulbs at least once a year
  • Add color and texture to your garden by placing lighting near plants
  • Don’t simply light your home’s exterior – this can look unnatural and bleak
  • Create shadows by placing spotlights in front of your house close to the foundation

Have you started your own DIY landscape lighting project? We’d love to hear your results!