Best Backyard Party Tricks to Liven Up Your Party

Nothing says summer like a great backyard party, but if you want your get-together to be the talk of the town, then there are many tips and tricks you can use to liven up the party. From the right lighting to the right food, every element matters when you’re planning the backyard party of the century, and here are a few things you’ll want to think about when planning your gathering.

 

Choose the Right Lighting

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Lighting is a crucial element that you’ll have to consider for your party because not only will it help to set the mood, but it’s also important for safety. There are many options you can go with here, including more traditional strand or flood lighting, or more creative choices like tiki torches, candles, or even a fire pit.

 

Assemble Your Snacks Wisely

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A backyard party is a perfect opportunity to let your culinary skills shine, and there’s a lot of fun to be had over at the snack table for your get-together. Although you could stick with the classics (think chips, sandwiches, and barbecued foods), you can also get creative with your gastronomic creations. Here are a few ideas:

 

  • Rent a machine for making adult beverages like margaritas or family-friendly slushies
  • Go with edible arrangements (with dip, of course) made from fruits and vegetables
  • Get an ice sculpture
  • Assemble-your-own kebab station
  • Build-your-own taco fixings
  • Pass around fancy hors-d’oeuvres

 

Bring Out the Games

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Everybody knows how much fun a good game a Jenga or Scrabble can be, but what about having massive life-sized versions of these games for some backyard fun? There are many fun and engaging games you can incorporate into your party, and they don’t all have to be supersized for your guests to enjoy themselves.

 

Take Your Backyard Party to the Next Level with the Right Furniture and Décor

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One of the main obstacles people often face with backyard parties is finding enough furniture to accommodate all the guests. However, it’s important for people to have somewhere to sit and relax when they need to take a break from the festivities, and there are ways you can get creative with this. For example, if you want a rustic party, consider using large logs as seating. Or, for a more traditional feel, you can rent furniture to ensure you have enough seats and tables for all your needs. Another excellent option for a unique party idea is to bring your formal dining set outside and use it in a more rustic way outdoors.

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Décor is another critical consideration, and if you don’t have a particular theme for the party, then you may still want to pick decorations that will tie in the different elements of the gathering. That could include things like balloons, streamers, bunting, floral arrangements, mason jar décor, special plates and napkins, fancy tablecloths, and much more.

 

 

There are a lot of things you’ll need to think about when planning an unforgettable backyard party, and this includes things like décor, furnishings, lighting, food, and even entertainment. It takes a great deal of thought and planning to put together an event that your party guests will talk about for many years to come, but these ideas will get you well on your way to planning the perfect party.

 

 

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Outdoor vs. Indoor Weddings: Which Option is Better for You?

Choosing the location of your wedding is one of the biggest and most important first decisions you’ll have to make in the early planning stages. And one of the first issues you’ll have to address is whether you want the wedding to take place inside or outside, and this can be a tough decision. If you don’t already have a dream venue picked out and are trying to decide where to host your wedding, here’s what you need to know about having an outdoor vs indoor wedding.

Winner for Weather Conditions: Indoor

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One of the main advantages that an indoor wedding has over an outdoor one is that the weather doesn’t matter. It could be perfectly sunny or raining up a storm, and it wouldn’t matter: your wedding plans wouldn’t be affected in the slightest. Moreover, that also means you can hold your wedding whenever you want, including in the dead of winter or the unbearable heat of the summer months. With an outdoor wedding, on the other hand, you’re at the mercy of the forecast, and you’ll want to have a contingency plan in place in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Winner for Space: Outdoor

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One of the great things about outdoor spaces is that you don’t have to worry about square footage, and that means you can invite as many people as you want and you won’t have to worry about being cramped or not having enough room for everything you want to do. Indoor venues always have a maximum capacity, and that means you may have to cut people from your list.

Winner for Cost: Both

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Indoor and outdoor weddings sometimes have different but comparable costs associated with them. With an indoor wedding you’ll have to pay for the venue, for instance, but with an outdoor wedding, you’ll need to pay for supplies like chairs, tables, lighting, and other furniture, accessories, and maybe even a tent. With both types, however, you’ll need to pay for food, decorations, flowers, and other standard wedding costs.

Winner for Environmental Controls: Indoor

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Like with the weather, there are many environmental factors that you can’t control during an outdoor wedding, and that includes things like the temperature, bugs, noise from other people, and more. None of these is an issue during indoor weddings because they are protected, climate controlled, and private.

Winner for Scenery: Outdoor

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Any indoor wedding venue can be beautiful and personalized, but there’s something about getting married in a garden, meadow, park, or other outdoor space that can’t be beaten. No amount of décor or lighting could compete with a sunset wedding on a white sand beach, a morning ceremony on the dewy grass, an evening reception under the stars, and the other incredible elements of natural beauty that are present at outdoor weddings.

 

Indoor and outdoor weddings both have their pros and cons, and what it really comes down to is the type of person you are and the kind of wedding you want. It’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, but ultimately the decision will come down to the look, feel, ambiance, and style you want for your special day.

 

 

 

Vintage Wedding Trends That Are Coming Back

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Popular wedding ideas come and go just like any other trend, but like other trends, they also tend to come back after a certain amount of time. Right now, for instance, there are plenty of vintage wedding ideas that are making their way back into modern marriage ceremonies, and this includes certain fabrics, dress styles, accent materials, and more. To help make your biggest day even more extraordinary, here are some great wedding ideas from days gone by that you can incorporate into your planning.

 

Classic Dresses

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There’s something to be said for classic beauty and, thanks in part to Kate Middleton, this idea is making a hard comeback in modern wedding dresses. These features include 40s and 50s inspired trends like lace, embroidery, A-line cuts, traditional veils, and even dresses with full sleeves.

 

Pearls

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Knowing how there’s a shift back to the classic dresses of the mid-nineteenth century, it may come as no surprise that couples are incorporating pearls into the wedding décor a lot more than in the past few years. This décor includes wearing them as jewelry, draping strands over tables and centrepieces, and replacing regular beads with pearls in vase decorations.

 

Velvet Dresses, Suits, Furniture, and Accents

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Take a look at any wedding that’s happened this year, and there’s a good chance you’ll see some traces of this vintage fabric. Whether it’s the bride’s dress, the groom’s jacket, the furniture, or perhaps even the table runner, velvet has been making cameo appearances at an increasing number of weddings lately.

 

The Use of Metal

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Baroque was an artistic and architectural style that was popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and this (very) vintage style has been making a comeback at many modern weddings. You’ll notice the baroque inspiration with the inclusion of ornate metal décor and accent pieces, lavish metallic prints and frostings, and overall allusions to grandeur.

 

Disco Balls

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Although disco balls weren’t necessarily a wedding trend in the 1970s, they certainly were popular in clubs and bars back in the day. These days, couples are bringing the fun and thrill of the disco to their wedding receptions by illuminating spaces with multiple disco balls to bring a little sparkle and glitter to the dance floor.

 

Art Deco Wedding Accents

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Art Deco was an artistic style popular in the 20s and 30s, and it has been rearing its head again in the form of modern wedding accents, such as using marble and mirrors on tables, black and white colour schemes, and jewellery and accents that feature bright gems, contrasting patterns, and lots of geometrical shapes. Think The Great Gatsby, and you’ll be on the right track.

 

There are many vintage wedding ideas from decades past that are making their way back into the weddings of today. Along with fabric ideas like lace and velvet, some other vintage ideas you might want to consider are Art Deco or Baroque inspirations, a return to classic wedding dress styles, and maybe even something fun and exciting like bringing the 70s back to life for your special night.

Benefits of Renting Your Wedding Dress

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Shopping for the right dress is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding journey, but this task can also be fraught with stress, budgetary issues, and other problems. One great alternative that can help alleviate many of these stresses is opting to rent a wedding dress instead of buying one, and today we’re going to discuss the many advantages of this option.

You’ll Save a Great Deal of Money

The average wedding dress costs about $1,500, but if you want something very fancy and very specific, then you could easily spend upwards of $10,000 on a dress that you’ll probably only wear once. When you rent a wedding dress, on the other hand, the cost could be as low as $200 (though this can typically go as high as $2,000), so there’s a potential for significant cost-savings through renting, meaning you’ll have more money in your budget to allocate to other wedding plans.

Rentals Give You Access to a Wider Range of Options

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Although wedding dress rentals may not be the most traditional option, grooms have been renting tuxedos for their special day for decades, and they’ve learned a little secret in that time: garment rentals give you a great deal of freedom in terms of style, material, and other design options. For instance, a groom may fall in love with a specific designer suit or a classic vintage style, but may not have the budget to purchase it, whereas rentals make these high-end or unique ensembles accessible to everybody. The same is true with wedding dresses, where renting could mean the difference between you having the dress of your dreams versus having to settle for something that’s less-than-perfect.

No Need to Worry About Storing the Dress

One of the things about a wedding dress is that even though it’s a wear-it-once-in-a-lifetime garment, most people still want to hold on to them for sentimental reasons. This attachment, however, entails having to properly store and maintain your dress for years to come, even if you never plan to put it on again. With a rental, all you have to do is return the dress when you’re done with it, and you typically won’t even have to worry about cleaning the dress before you take it back.

You Can Also Rent All the Accessories Needed to Complement Your Look

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Anybody who has ever planned a wedding outfit knows that the dress is only one part of the equation, and there are also other accessories to think about as well. Many dress rentals also come with accessory rentals as well, including things like:

  • Shoes
  • Jewellery
  • Veil
  • Sash
  • Bows
  • Gloves
  • Purse
  • Headdresses

Renting a wedding dress as opposed to buying one can eliminate many of the stresses often associated with this part of wedding planning. One of the chief benefits of a wedding dress rental is that it can save you thousands of dollars while also allowing you to wear the dress of your dreams on your special day. Beyond that, dress rentals also give you a broader selection to choose from, can provide you with all the accessories you need to look perfect on your big day, and you’ll never have to worry about adequately storing the dress in the future.