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Aug 18, 2015

11 tips for a backyard garden party

By: Catherine Therrien
11 tips for a backyard garden party

Host the best summer party yet with these helpful tips. Author: Tracey Ayton

Party Planner
Aug 18, 2015

11 tips for a backyard garden party

By: Catherine Therrien

Photographer Tracey Ayton shares her tips for hosting an outdoor party in her newly renovated backyard.


Vancouver photographer Tracey Ayton took advantage of her newly revamped backyard and a perfect early summer afternoon to host a few design bloggers and decor enthusiasts. Here’s how she pulled together a blog-post-worthy party!

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11 tips for a backyard garden party

1 Place potted herbs

A series of potted herbs in weathered pots reinforces the informal vibe of the table setting and speaks to dining outdoors in the warmer months.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

2 Add some colour

Cobalt blue gingham napkins spice up the casually laid place settings and offer a hit of bright colour to the neutral tablescape.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

3 Display blooming plants

Placing a few blooming plants in inexpensive buckets around the backyard provides instant colour and texture. and using a variety like lavender also gives off a heavenly scent.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

4 A beautiful backyard

Organically shaped stepping stones lead guests to the beautiful backyard gathering, where they’re first greeted by the host’s friendly sidekick, Griffon, an English pointer.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

5 Get fun and festive

Paper lanterns hung haphazardly on tree branches are a fun and festive element that signifies to guests where the party’s at.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

7 Set up a drink station

A self-serve drink station is a party must. Arrange a variety of beverage options on a shelving unit with all the necessary accoutrements.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

Drink recipe: Peach sangria

Serve guests a delicious summer cocktail, like this recipe for Peach Sangria.    

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

8 Add additional seating

An additional seating area, complete with plush toss cushions, a garden stool to hold drinks and a modern firepit, lends a cozy ambience to the party setting.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

9 Serve bite-sized appetizers

Bite-sized appetizers are easy to munch on while socializing with other party guests.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

10 Hang string lights

These string lights with larger bulbs are reminiscent of an outdoor space in a european village and instantly set the warm, inviting mood here.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home

11 tips for a backyard garden party

11 Create a casual atmosphere

A large rustic table with a mix of metal and resin wicker chairs adds to the casual feel and is perfect for just a few friends or a multitude of guests.

By: Catherine Therrien Source: Tracey Ayton; Styling by Karla Amadatsu Credits: Style at Home
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