How to Accessorise your Backyard for the Perfect Outdoor Party



Having a party in your own backyard is always fun, easy, intimate, and CONVENIENT. Here’s how to choose the right outdoor decor to make the party a success.

Choosing a Table:

Decorate the space with chairs, tables, and fun lights to give you and your guests a place to eat, relax, socialize, and maybe even squeeze in a boogie or two. Choose a dining table with a seasonal, summery feel. It doesn’t have to be restricted to meal time use, so be creative when shopping for one. A recycled teak table  or a rustic dining table can give your space an organic, natural attitude, or even an outdoor wicker table can bring a resort, luxury-living feel to your backyard. If you plan on using an umbrella, many tables include a central opening to accommodate one.


Solid Wood Dining Table

Under the Umbrella:

An essential, yet often overlooked outdoor accessory that will help you stay cool is a patio umbrella. An umbrella won’t only provide shading, but the wide variety of options can make them gorgeous accents for any outdoor space. When thinking about the size, you should first consider the area that you need the umbrella to provide shade over, and then make sure that the patio umbrella is about 5’ larger than the spot that needs to be shaded. Next you need to decide on frame material – metal or wooden. When choosing the fabric, keep in mind that most outdoor umbrellas come prepped with weather-mildew and UV-resistant fabric. You might prefer a breathable fabric though, which is actually waterproof but allows water vapor to pass through. In this way, breathable fabric umbrellas are perfect for keeping you cool under the shade on really hot summer days.


Octagonal 270cm umbrella

Check out the Chairs:

When thinking about outdoor chairs, it’s important to first figure out often you will be rearranging the setup to prepare for a lot more parties or whether everything will live in the same space throughout the season. Aluminum or plastic chairs are lightweight, relatively inexpensive, and require little weather training. You can also wash them easily with a little soap and water. They are usually stackable or foldable, leaving you with more freedom to use the space for other furniture if you are in the mood to rearrange. On the other hand, a lavish loveseat will be sturdy and will feel more like the kind of furniture you’re used to indoors. It will require some maintenance though, and can be a big job to move depending on the size. Loveseats in wicker or wood can look nice and natural in the outdoors.


Teak Daybed


Scale it to Size:

It’s important to keep in mind your lifestyle and the sort of parties you hope to have. For those who love privacy, a small table and a few cozy armchairs can be more than enough. The best way to maximize a small space for outdoor entertaining is to keep furniture around the perimeter. If you enjoy a lot of company and like to arrange large outdoor feasts you’ll need a whole dining suite or two. You will have to organise a green outdoor dining area not too far from the house, so it won’t be a long way to carry that pitcher of sangria.

Rustic Dining Table

Rustic Dining Table

Consider Colour: 

Adding two or three new colours to your furniture and outdoor decor can completely change the look of your backyard. I have 4 personal winning combinations that are sure to perk up the party. Golden yellow balanced by black can complete any outdoor space that needs brightening or is really begging for the spotlight. The courageous combo is fierce, like these vibrant Malibu chairs. Purple and orange is a delicious duo, creating an accent that invokes a lush, luxurious look in your outdoor room. Blue and rusty orange will instantaneously whisk you away to an exotic, laid-back vacation. You can even mix heated reds with cool blues for a powerful tropical feel. Most importantly, your outdoor space is a reflection of your home, and an extension of your indoor space, so always make sure that they complement each other. For a wide selection of outdoor furniture, visit Jeff’s Shed in Melbourne.

Multi Coloured 3-piece Cafe Set

Multi Coloured 3-piece Cafe Set


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