Need landscaping/decorating/lighting ideas for a graduation open house.
May 16, 2013
I am hosting an open house in three weeks and need ideas for back patio area.
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additional photos
    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 7:39AM
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Daytime or nighttime event? Have you settled on a budget? Will you be using existing unshown furniture or renting for the occasion?
    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 7:46AM
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Sheila Rowan
Powerwash the decking and restain; get 3 tall planters with phormium, grass, etc. to put in front of the blank areas of fence; put a round table with umbrella and 4 chairs on the deck, a small barbecue if there is room for it against the house; try to stay with neutral colors and no pattern; add splashes of color if you want with toss pillows, flowers.
    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 7:48AM
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late afternoon/evening budget not a concern we took all furniture to the lakes so either buying or renting
    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 7:52AM
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what about lighting in the trees?
    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 7:53AM
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I'd go with lighting in all the trees. The small area on the ground near the corner needs a big plant of some sort to keep people from tripping over it, also a line of yellow tape where the decking changes height. Fill the planter beds with blooming annuals and mulch to give it a finished look.

Themes like tiki, pirates, clam bake or red white and blue or school colors can be easy to do. It depends on what the graduate's preferences and sense of humor are like. Paper lanterns are fun.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 8:05AM
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Red Berm
Since you do have trees overhanging a fun solution could be balloons with a marble hanging from the branches.
    Bookmark   November 17, 2014 at 6:54PM
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