Decorating Ideas for an Outside Party Pavilion

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Decorating Ideas for an Outside Party Pavilion
String colourful strings of lights across your pavilion for an enchanting look. (Colourful Garden Lanterns in yellow and Pink image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

While having an outdoor party may seem enticing, it's sometimes necessary to provide an inviting shelter for your guests, such as a party pavilion or party tent. These come in many styles and sizes, and you can decorate them as minimally or as extravagantly as possible to suit your party needs.

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Using Draped Cloth

Whether you're having an afternoon tea party or sunset engagement dinner, you can use draped cloth and fabric to dress up your pavilion. For more elegant and formal parties, consider hanging sheer drapes on the perimeter of the pavilion. This not only encloses the space for a more intimate setting but also creates an upscale look. For a more casual, fun theme, use boldly coloured, lightweight fabric panels. They'll filter the sunlight and create a warm glow while adding some festive colour. You can also hide the tent poles by wrapping fabric around them.

Garlands and String

String up some pretty decorations and hang your crafty garlands across the pavilion. You can stick to one or two simple garlands or string up many, creating a giant chandelier of garland. Remove the stamen and pistil from large lilies. String some fishing string through the centre, and you have a lovely floral garland. You can also make some origami creations, such as cranes, in several different hues, punch a hole through them and do the same. Of course, you can always opt for classic white Christmas lights if you're having a nighttime event.

Plants and Furniture

Add some large plants for a Mediterranean feel. Fern and banana leaf plants have an attractive silhouette and bring the beauty of the outdoors in while you're still in a comfy shelter. They also minimise the casual picnic feel if you're looking for something a bit more refined. Also consider bringing some elegant-looking furniture inside the pavilion for an even more formal environment.

Some Stunning Pavilion Alternatives

Much of a party pavilion's decor has to do with the style of the structure itself. Consider decorating using these alternatives for an inviting outdoor room for your party. If you're lucky to have (or know someone who has) a giant sun porch, consider hanging some sheer fabric panels around it and creating a rainproof pavilion. Decorate with country or beach-inspired centrepieces. This option is best for a smaller party.

For another alternative, simply take a piece of fabric large enough to shade your table(s), attach it to four poles and support those with cables attached to one another. Use stakes to secure the canopy. Feel free to use brightly patterned fabric or simple white cotton.

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