Christmas party

Mastering the Art of the Ideal Outdoor Christmas Celebration

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If you’re looking for ideas on how to host the perfect outdoor Christmas party, look no further. In this blog post, we will provide you with tips and tricks to bring the Christmas cheer to your outdoor space. From decorations to creating usable zones, we have you covered. So put on your Santa hat and get ready to celebrate Christmas in style!

Choose a colour scheme

When it comes to picking a colour scheme for your outdoor Christmas party, there are a few simple tips to help you get started. First, decide on the overall palette you want to use. Bright and bold colours such as reds, blues and greens work well in an outdoor setting and will create a festive atmosphere. You could also go for a more natural theme, with neutral tones of white, cream and beige. This can create a more understated but still festive atmosphere.

Next, consider how you will use the colours in your decorations. Think about using different colour combinations to make an eye-catching display, such as combining reds and blues or oranges and yellows. You can also use the same colour in various shades, like different tones of green or blues, to create a harmonious look.

Finally, take into account how your chosen colours will work with the existing decor in your outdoor space. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your outdoor Christmas party has just the right colour scheme to make it look truly magical.

Christmas trees

Here are some ideas for creating the perfect colour scheme for your Christmas outdoor party:

Red and green: nothing says “Christmas” more than traditional red and green colours. From plaid table runners to baubles hanging from the trees, this classic combo is sure to bring the holiday cheer.

Silver and blue: if you’re looking for a more modern take on Christmas colours, silver and blue are a great option. Silver lends an elegant touch with its shimmery sparkle, while blue adds a cool, crisp contrast.

Gold and white: for a luxurious look and feel, gold and white are the perfect duo. The shimmery gold accents will add a touch of glamour to your outdoor space, while white keeps things looking sleek and modern.

Feeling more fun and playful? Pair bright colours like pink, blue, green, and purple mixed with gold and silver accents to achieve a more vibrant look.

Decorate your deck

There are a few things to consider when decorating your deck or patio. Firstly, consider the size and shape of your deck or patio. This will help you determine how much space you have available for decorations, as well as decide which types of decorations would look best. You should also think about what type of decorations will be appropriate for the atmosphere you’re aiming to create. It’s important to make sure your deck or patio is safe and secure so that guests feel comfortable in your space.

Decorate your deck

Set up a Christmas tree

Take your living room outdoors by setting up a Christmas tree in the corner of your deck. Whether you have a small or large tree, it’s a great way to create a statement and welcome guests to your outdoor space. Decorate with minimal and sturdy ornaments to survive weather elements and remember to stick to your colour scheme. Complete your tree by laying presents underneath on the day, ready for your guests.

Christmas presents

Don’t have room for a Christmas tree on your deck? Festive planters are a great alternative, adding greenery and festive feel without taking up too much space.

Create a whimsical scene with outdoor lights

Create a comfortable and eye-catching night ambience with outdoor lights. Simple additions like fairy lights or LED lights can bring so much magic and joy to your backyard, especially heading into the evening. Plus, they’re low on energy consumption.

Hang string lights along your pergola or back fence; weave through your trees and bushes or add to your planter boxes to them glow. Another idea is to line your pathway with lights to create an attractive and inviting walkway from your backdoor to your garden.

If you’re feeling extra creative, take it a step further and make Christmas light balls. Not only do they look effective in your backyard but they’re also a great activity to get your family involved in. All you need is three materials; outdoor string lights, hex mesh, and cable tiers so you can hang them around your backyard. Otherwise, you place them sparingly on your grass area, which looks just as appealing.

Christmas lights

Festive foliage

Bring a touch of nature to your outdoor space with luscious festive foliage. You may already have this element featured in some of your Christmas decorations, but if you can’t resist adding more, there are other ways to incorporate mixed evergreens to outdoor areas.

Hang a wreath on your backdoor to make a nice focal point, scatter beautiful natives like eucalyptus leaves along the table to add to the festive spirit.

Christmas wreaths

Another way to bring holiday spirit to your outdoor space is by draping your backdoor frame with a Christmas garland. Decorated with poinsettia, berries, mixed foliage and bauble decorations, a garland is great idea for large vertical space, and of course, makes a dramatic statement.

For a smaller backyard space, garlands can also be wrapped around structures such as railings or post columns and fences.

Set up a Christmas table

Setting up an eye-catching and inviting Christmas table for your outdoor party is the perfect way to capture the festive spirit.

Running with your colour scheme, the first step is to dress the table. A white tablecloth is a great base colour as it’ll just about go with any colour scheme and style. Next, make your table look stylish with a table runner. This will help tie all the other pieces together. Depending on your style, fabric choices such as silk, linen and cotton are popular choices for added elegance. For a more budget-friendly option and rustic feel, brown butcher’s paper and hessian fabric are excellent alternatives.

Christmas table design

Then it’s time to stock up on dinnerware and glassware. Disposable, recyclable options are great for an outdoor party, as they’re easy to clean up afterwards. Alternatively, you can mix and match different dishes and glasses to create a unique look.

Christmas table set up

You can also add personal touches to make your Christmas table unique, like custom place cards or personalized napkin rings. You could even incorporate a craft project into your decorations, such as a garland of paper snowflakes or homemade wreaths. And don’t forget to make sure you have enough seating for all your guests!

Christmas table centrepieces

Finally, top off your table with a centrepiece. Choose something that reflects your theme and colour scheme. Alternatively, go for something more whimsical like a greenery garland, sparkling lights, ornaments, or even candles for an extra special ambiance.

Create useable zones

Creating ‘zones’ in your backyard is a great way to utilise your space and make the most of the summer bliss.

Kid’s play area

Kid-friendly outdoor games are the perfect way to get your little ones involved at your outdoor Christmas party. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment, but they also keep them active and engaged.

Kids games

For a truly magical experience, set up some holiday-themed activities like decorating a Christmas tree together, or creating festive decorations with paper plates and string. Other outdoor activity ideas include a scavenger hunt, ring toss, or giant Jenga set up in the backyard. If you have a trampoline on hand, some friendly competition of who can jump higher and longer is sure to liven up the party. For some extra holiday cheer, organise an outdoor carolling session or light show.

Christmas crafts

These fun outdoor activities will help keep the kids entertained while leaving time for adults to socialise and enjoy the holiday season. Plus, you can have peace of mind knowing that everyone is having a great time and being safe outdoors.

Gift giving area

Another zone to consider is a gift giving area. Whether its on your deck or grass area, having a space for Santa to hand out presents will make the day extra special and memorable for the little ones. Change it up this year and introduce a fun gift exchange game. This involves everyone bringing a wrapped gift and receives a number in return. The person who first unwraps a gift, the next person can steal that gift or pick another, and so on. This is an exciting way to entertaining guests.

Christmas deck decorating

Additional seating

If you have a large guest list, the last thing you want is a cramped outdoor space. And, if your decking struggles to fit additional seating, try to utilise another unusable space in your backyard. Ensure the area is undercover or covered with an umbrella so your family and friends are protected from the elements. If you don’t have an extra table, place some blankets and pillows on the grass area for added comfort.

We hope this guide helps you host your outdoor Christmas celebration. From the entire team at Australian Outdoor Living, we wish you a Merry Christmas a happy and safe New Year.

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