Are you going to be having a street party in your neighbourhood to celebrate the Royal Jubilee? Or how about for a birthday or wedding? Street parties in the summer are a brilliant way to enjoy the sunny weather and spread the joy with your friends and family. Have the perfect party with large dining areas to fit all your friends, and lots of fun and easy decorations (that won’t be a nightmare to clear up afterwards!)
Long tables are great to use whether you’ve got just a few guests, or several hundred. They are ideal when you want to seat everyone together, as they can be easily joined up into any arrangement to fit your space. An attractive rustic style dining table would look lovely decorated with fresh flowers, and fresh treats, and needs little else to spruce it up. Strong, sturdy oak tables are very useful if you want to line up several tables to accommodate the whole neighbourhood. Extending tables are also very handy if you’re not sure of how many people will come and you need to create extra space quickly.
Round tables are another great alternative for outdoor events, especially when you want to accommodate lots of groups, such as a wedding or birthday party. You can often find then in circular or oval options, and they are fantastic conversation starters, as everyone can easily speak to other members of the group. An extending round table is a great option for fitting around a large family group around a single table. To decorate them, why not create a simple, stand out centrepiece, using floral or edible arrangements, or innovative solar powered lighting, for when the sun goes down.
While simple, unadorned and sturdy tables are very practical, you might want to include some more ornate styles to, to create a more festive atmosphere. To complete a vintage party atmosphere, spread out chintzy mismatched crockery and retro cake stands across a Regency style table. For a more elegant and polished party, ornate floral table legs create a fantastic standout effect, and would perfectly offset a quirky floral arrangement. A more contemporary design would be a great for adding an innovative touch to an otherwise traditional street party. Glass dining tables are another exciting option, though of course, be sure to be safe with moving glass outdoors to prevent breakages.
For a more dramatic party effect, try stepping away from traditional light wood or white tables, for a stunning black or dark wood table. They are especially perfect for after-hours parties, lit by candlelight or a string of outdoor lights. Whether you go for a long narrow table or a square table, they are guaranteed to create an attractive grown up look to your party.
Other great table options for outdoor parties include bistro and breakfast style tables. Small bistro tables dotted around a large space create ideal hubs to chill out and have a drink, while breakfast tables can be handy to create a mini bar.
Street and outdoor parties are a lot of fun, although they take a bit of planning! Once you’ve got your organisation and seating sorted, you can start to relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere.