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I am wondering if any of you have any kick a#@ ideas to decorate this back yard. This is where we are going to have it so I would appreciate no “you should change your venue” comments 🙂
As you see the view of the city and mountains are gorgeous! We would like to set tables up on the grass and possibly have the head table under the sheltered area by the grass. We love the idea of light decor and we are going to float decorations in the pool. I am invisioning what we like, but not really sure and am wanting some ideas.
Our colors are black and white with a touch of burgundy. We are going to have round tables with black and white linens. Our look is going to be somewhat modern. Any ideas?
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Post # 4
LOL I wonder if any of your guests are going to get the urge to jump in the pool with their nice clothes on!
Will you have a DJ or other live music? If so, try to set them up on the opposite side from the tables, and have the dancing area be in between the music and the tables. The reason I recommend that is when people are sitting and eating, they don’t need loud music, but you surely want the dance floor to be near the music!
Otherwise as far as decor goes, I think lots and lots of floating lanterns in the pool would look really cool after the sun goes down! You’ll probably want to spruce up that shed a little. Maybe a couple large potted plants would work, and black and white ribbons wrapped around the posts.
Post # 5
I love the idea of lights on the pool. You could also put floating flowers in for when it’s light out.
You could hang white tissue pomanders from the ceiling of the covered area in the first pic.
Also you should consider creating some seating areas (haybails covered in white and black demask cloth, or something might be a good inexpensive option) around the trees, then hand lanterns from the branches.
You could use white tulle draped from poles to define the space.
Post # 6
@VeronicaH: I second Veronica’s ideas! I, too, envision pomaners or small lanterns hanging from the covered area. I would definitely define your space with specific seating arrangements. If hay bails (love this idea!) aren’t your thing, I’m sure your chairs will work just fine. I can see you doing something with the little rock wall that lines the pool area. That would be pretty! Then again, I’m not sure if people will want to (or be allowed to) sit on that edge. String lights would be awesome in the trees, too!
All in all, I think your space is perfect and comes with endless decor options! Do you have any ideas or inspiration photos you love? Maybe if you shared a little more, we could narrow down an idea?
Post # 7
I think that will be awesome! Totally agree with floating lights on the pool but if the lanterns are out of budget I think you could even just do floating candles! The only thing I’d check into (and maybe test with ping pong balls or something) is whether you need to turn the pool totally off or something for the party so the filter isn’t going. You don’t want all your candles bunched up by one side 🙂 If that seems to be an issue maybe do something kind of little weight that you could tie to whatever you’re using with a string long enough to reach the top… kind of mini-anchors to keep the lights where they need to be?
I’m definitely picturing twinkle lights strung up on the little shed thing although i’m not 100% sure i’d put the head table there. Maybe do the dj table there and then seat the head table with the other on the grass? I’d love pics of you guys eating with the mountains right behind you 🙂 As far as other decor… its hard to tell but are there any trees or anything you could string lights between? If not maybe think about a tent (also for rain!). Barring that, I think that your tables are going to provide 90% of the vibe since you can’t hang too much and nature is your backdrop. Just spend a little more on centerpieces that really convey the mood you’re going for!
Post # 8
I agree with the above ideas and also some string lights would look really cool.
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I think softening the pavilion with light fabric could add a lot of ambiance. Here’s a picture that could be inspiration: (granted, it’s not a wharf on a dreamy shore, but still, it’s inspiration: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/photo/55610
Post # 10
I think everyone has a lot of great ideas for this venue!
Post # 11
I too think that you have all have been VERY creative 🙂 I LOVE the idea of the hay bails! Hopefully they are not too expensive. We are on a budget, but these are AWESOME ideas! We are also going to have a band (I think) and there is a completely different area for them to play. I will post a picture of that part of the venue. I will also post some of the pictures of our known decorations.
As for the pool, we were told we would have to devise a way so that the candles did not float to one end. He suggested using clear plastic punch bowls that have holes drilled in them so you can string them together with fishing line. Then you can put anything into the punch bowls.
We were not really wanting to do the tent because it would cost a whole lot more, and 9/10 the days are usually dry in NM. We are considered desert. Just our luck it would rain though right? HA!
This venue used to be a water park (notice the white ugly water slide), but as I said the views are beautiful. I am really trying to use your creative way of thinking to get the “stigma” of this place out of the way. We are off to a good start! I am thinking now the hay bales would be perfect for seating on the deck that separates the band area and the grassy/eating area! People can take a break from dancing but still listen to the music. I realize this is not the most elegant of venues 🙂 but it is fun for us just like we are!!! OOOOOO! So excited. Thanks so much.
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Post # 12
Nothing will be happening on the side where I am taking the bottom picture. I would LOVE to put the tables up there but it is really too sandy and rocky. You can also see this in the upper part of the third picture. The bottom picture however shows how the deck connects the grassy area (which is way to the left) and the area for the band. We are going to have a buffet (I hope this doesn’t sound too ghetto) and I thought we could put the tables of food along the back wall of the deck as seen in the second picture.
Here are pics of the cake and the centerpieces we are thinking of… The centerpieces will be done with black lamp shade with black, white and burgundy gel beads. I also really like the way the middle picture looks for the seating charts little black boards (I am a teacher :-). I am also LOVING this pomander ball decor look!!!
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Post # 13
Beautiful venue – there is so much you could do with it.
I agree with softening the sheltered area. I would use long panels of soft white fabric to create a flowing back drop!
Post # 14
@sjones724: awesome picture!! i looove the string lights look.
Post # 15
When I read your OP I immediately started thinking of a lounging club scene with low streamlined furniture very IKEA-esque. For the tables I see low benches (the hay bales might work here) slip covered in black fabric framing long banquet style tables. On the tables I see table runners with very sleek bud vases in a mixture of black and white with flowers of your choosing. I would keep everything centered in the table and linear.
I would use large fabric panels (which you can definitely get on the cheap or with coupons) to really define areas
Around the pool I would place lounge type furniture (which you can rent) small chairs, sectionals, papason chairs, or even bean bags could be cool.
Best of luck!
Post # 16
What spectacular comments! You bees are AWESOME!