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Backyard BBQ Party Ideas: Lighting and Decor

Posted by ChickAdvisor Team | Tuesday July 24, 201210 comments

With not one, but two August long weekends soon making their way into summer, we thought it was only appropriate that we celebrate the best way we know how: with a backyard BBQ! I am convinced that the summer was invented just so we could have BBQs. Is there really anything better? 

Part of the essential BBQ experience (besides the delicious food) is the decor and general ambience. Lighting is especially important. Small accent lights or candles can add warmth and comfort to your table and surrounding area. Besides lighting, simple centre pieces for the table or throw pillows add more detail and visual interest to your seating area. They add a burst of colour and help create an inviting atmosphere. 

With just a few additions, you can perfect a simple but trendy and chic theme: 

#1: The Rustic Garden Party: Stick with a colour palette of neutrals and earthy tones. Add fresh flowers and natural fibres. For more ideas, try our Hunger Games Inspired Party Ideas
Gluckstein Home Suede Glacee Collection (C$11.99-39.99, assorted pieces), Rona Garden Light Basket Solar Powered Light (C$19.99), Anthropologie Bottled Garden Stakes (US$68.00)

#2: Tiki Beach: Torches, twine, bamboo and seaside colours can be used to achieve this theme. We love the idea of throwing in some 70's retro as well. 

Canadian Tire Nolan Torch (C$3.74), Canadian Tire Tava Torch (C$5.99), Tiki Mid-Century Siesta Ware Polynesian Glass Set and Caddy (US$51.00), Target 2-Piece Bamboo Patio Tiki Bar Stool Set (US$99.00, on sale)  

#3: Chic and Fashion Forward: Think sleek designs, geometric shapes and in trend colours for this theme. It's sophisticated without being too stuffy. 

West Elm Glassware Set (C$42.32), West Elm Chevron Crewel Pillow Cover (C$41.26), Anthropologie Atrium Lantern (US$28.00-38.00) 

#4: Fun and Whimsical: Go wild with textures, fabrics and colours. Neons and brights were huge trends in fashion this year so translate them into your patio décor.

Canadian Tire Solar String Lights (C$19.99), Rona Paper Lanterns (C$9.99), Urban Outfitters Pom Pom Pillow (US$24.00), Ikea Somrig Vase (C$1.99, each)  
We took our own advice and put it to use. We hosted a ChickAdvisor shindig, complete with cocktails and BBQ skewers! We decided to go for a colour theme of yellow, green and blue. With a little help from the local dollar store, we found simple accent pieces to bring everything together cohesively. 

Of course, we wish you Chicks could have come along but we do have the next best thing: lots of pictures!

Setting up the table. In the background, you'll also see Ali's chairs from the DIY project

We're especially in love with the three black candle holders, they came to us courtesy of our friends at Canadian Tire. 

This refreshing mint and pomegranate cocktail was delicious as a punch. Recipe to come, so stay tuned!

Miranda enjoys a glass. She's so adorable! 

These umbrella lights (also from Canadian Tire) looked gorgeous when evening came and tiki torches in the background provided additional lighting for the night.  
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on August 08, 2012  bdeyell86  2,033 said:

I like the fun and whimsical best!

on July 25, 2012  katieg  10,610 said:

I also use little xmas lights around the deck because it adds a romantic look. I put lace tablecloth, lace dollies and floating candles in clear light coloured glass vases on top of tables to add a classic look.

on July 25, 2012  midnightsun2288  6,053 said:

Oh my gosh I am so jealous looking at that mint pomegranate cocktail--two of my favorite things. It is totally calling my name.

on July 25, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

I love backyard parties!

I have the umbrella lights as well. It was such an amazing purchase! I have used them every year, and it adds the perfect amount of light, and ambiance to the table.

I love the black candle holders, too! Awesome.

The punch looks delish.

on July 24, 2012  gl0ss  6,194 said:

Looks great!

on July 24, 2012  fredamans  10,247 said:

I love the rustic look!

on July 24, 2012  bubbles77  27,232 said:

I love the rustic look, with a hint of modern traditional. The last pictures I love the colors, textures and the over all ambiance, really like it. Great looks !! Looks like everyone would have had a great time. I love the dollar store by the way. Wonderful place !!

on July 24, 2012  Bren  24,022 said:

I would love the rustic look the best :)

on July 24, 2012  takoda  28,157 said:

I love the idea for the little lights under the umbrella and the black candle holders look great. The bottle garden sticks are a very nice idea too. All of these idea's are really nice, great job ladies!!

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