Whether you’re a commercial property manager preparing a site for an event, or a homeowner who’s hosting a party for friends and family, you want to make a great first impression and create a stunning, comfortable environment for guests. Hosting an event outdoors gives you the flexibility of open-air space and an opportunity to showcase your landscape.
In New York and Connecticut, you can take advantage of three seasons of entertaining outside if you have the right features in place.
Is your property prepared to accommodate friends and family for dining, relaxing, gathering or celebrating a large event like a wedding? There are a number of must-do tasks to get your outdoor living space ready so you can entertain guests and host an event without stress. That includes assessing how your outdoor space functions and identifying the features necessary to create an ideal environment—light, heat, shade, seating. Not to mention, there is the aesthetic piece: landscape bed cleanups and container plantings, along with a fresh mow, edging and trimming.
Do you have time for all of this? A landscape professional that specializes in event décor can help you prepare your outdoors for an event so you can focus on enjoying the party. Here is how:
#1 Create Backyard Entertaining Spaces
Think of your outdoors like an al fresco home with a kitchen, dining area, gathering spaces and quiet getaways where people can find privacy. Is your landscape missing one of these “rooms” that make entertaining functional and seamless? An outdoor kitchen is barbecue central and can be equipped with refrigeration, rotisserie, pizza oven and plumbing. This will prevent you from constantly tracking back and forth from your kitchen to the patio.
Dining areas give guests designated spaces to sit and eat with each other. Meanwhile, gathering areas such as fire pits, poolside seating or a cabana bar offer socializing spaces for people to convene without interfering with food preparation.
Shade structures like pergolas, cantilevers and shade sails can make outdoor spaces truly feel like rooms, while also providing coverage to protect guests from sun and rain. Not to mention, these covers make the outdoors feel more intimate and offer a sense of privacy.
#2 Make Your Outdoor Event Comfortable for Guests
Depending on the time of year, you might need to add an outdoor heater so guests can feel cozy while dining out after dusk. Or, the opposite may be the case if your event is in mid-summer. Keep guests cool and comfortable with misters, outdoor fans or sun shades.
Also consider decorative lighting that can also adds ambiance to your landscape after dark and illuminates pathways so guests can safely move about. Outdoor lighting has advanced in recent years.
If you entertain often, you can install permanent lighting displays and change the colors and effects with the tap of a smartphone app. Also, string lights available in vintage bulb styles or modern designs can dress up a patio and pool area for one night, or an entire season.
Don’t forget furniture. The range of outdoor textiles that are UV-protected and weather-ready have made way for a range of pillows, upholstered furniture, rugs and even drapes that can handle the elements.
#3 Pre-Event Landscaping and Pool Maintenance
Last but not least have a landscape maintenance company give your property the curb appeal that leaves a positive first impression. Of course, you’ll want a fresh mow and edging before the event. But, a landscaper also can trim back shrubs and tree limbs that might interfere with views or be a trip hazard along walkways. Landscape beds should be tidied up, weeded and refreshed with mulch, if necessary.
Container plantings add portable, flexible color and texture to your outdoor space for parties. A landscaper can help select plant varieties that coordinate with your event theme, whether that’s matching a color scheme or mood. The beauty of containers is that plantings can easily be changed out for different events.
Professional pool cleaning prior to an event will ensure water is clean, clear and safe for guests. A simple water test can give pool technicians the information necessary to properly balance the water. And, general pool service maintenance like cleaning tile and skimming debris from the pool water surface will make it welcoming for guests. A pool is the centerpiece of many outdoor living spaces in Westchester, NY, so you want to be sure it’s in sparkling condition before hosting an event.
Get Ready to Party!
Whether you’re hosting a banquet, party, anniversary, wedding or other special events, Neave Outdoor Solutions can prepare your landscape, pool and outdoor living environment to impress guests. Not to mention, Neave Décor provides design, installation, and take-down services for your event so all you have to do is show up.
Want to find out how Neave can be your party planner? Contact us in Westchester, NY at 914-271-7996, or fill out our New York and Connecticut landscape contact form and let us know how we can help.