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7 Methods To Make Your Al Fresco Party The Talk Of The Town

Create enchanting décor for your soirée using our simple suggestions

7 Methods To Make Your Al Fresco Party The Talk Of The Town

Create floral designs on your crockery by using a stencil

Adding a delicate nature motif to your old crockery can help to spice up a stagnating dining life, and works perfectly in an al fresco setting.

Consider whether to use a store-bought or home-made stencil. Home-made can add a personal touch and give you creative freedom to design whatever weird and wonderful ideas you'd like. Mylar or acetate is a suitable material for stencils, as it is thin but sturdy.

Use tape to hold the stencil in place before applying ceramic paint to add your colourful innovations. If you've made any mistakes, simply dip a cotton bud into nail varnish remover to wipe them away, then remove the tape carefully to avoid taking off the paint.

Die cutting coasters using your favourite circle dies

Coasters make beautiful accessories on a table to protect against moisture and stains.

Use a die cutting machine to cut a variety of brightly coloured shapes to make a lasting impression on your guests.

Wrap twine around a jam jar to make pretty tea light holders

Reusing old jars in this easy DIY trick can create a charming little upcycle project, that delicately illuminates a dim table without being too harsh. Use a variety of different sized jars to create a delightfully asymmetrical design, too.

Making bunting using pinking shears and bias binding

Bunting is the classic staple of parties, delicately hanging overhead, bestowing all those beneath it with the knowledge that this is indeed a party.

So, instead, why not make yours a little unique with pinking shears, bias binding and an elegant pastel floral print. These dainty decorations will pair beautifully with the natural tranquillity of the outdoors to create a tasteful atmosphere

Knit or crochet strips and wrap around a napkin, knife and fork, then fasten with a brooch from a charity shop

Adding a strip of knitted or crocheted yarn that matches the theme colour of your party helps to uplift the atmosphere.

Cheap brooches from charity shops can help add a vintage feel to the decor, which nicely ties in to the floral motifs.

Create table place cards with nice, bright coloured cardstock and your favourite die

Using place cards allows you to organise and rearrange your guests until you have the perfect seating arrangement. You'll give everyone their own space, fully recognised by their decorative name plaque to add a personal touch.

Much like the coasters, a brightly coloured cardstock adds a splash of colour to an otherwise delicate and subdued colour palette, like little buds blooming from the table.

Decorate your table with punch cut floral confetti

Floral motif confetti can help to complete your party setting to add that final finishing touch.