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Light up your patio this Christmas eve with decor tips shared by Monika Poddar

With a little planning and creativity, you can set up a great festive outdoor oasis. The best way is to embrace your garden’s personality

The Telegraph | Published 23.12.23, 11:17 AM
Monika Poddar

Monika Poddar

As the festive season approaches, many of us are eager to transform our outdoor spaces into inviting havens for gatherings and celebrations. Your garden and patio can be the perfect backdrop for memorable moments with friends and family. With a little planning and creativity, you can set up a great festive outdoor oasis. The best way is to embrace your garden’s personality. Every garden has its unique character, and the festive season is the perfect time to let it shine. If you have a lush, green garden, consider enhancing its natural beauty with minimalistic, earthy decorations like wooden candleholders or woven lanterns. For gardens with colourful flowers, complement them with vibrant, contrasting decorations that make your space pop. So let’s explore some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your garden and patio for the upcoming festive season.

Clear and Clean


Before you embark on your festive transformation, it’s crucial to start with a clean slate. Remove any clutter, such as old furniture, broken pots, or unused gardening tools. Consider pressure washing your patio to give it a fresh look. This will provide a blank canvas for your creative ideas.

Enchanting Lighting

Good lighting can instantly transform your outdoor space. String lights, lanterns, and fairy lights add a warm and magical ambience to your garden and patio. String them through the branches of trees or along the edges of your patio. Consider solar-powered lights to save energy and make the setup hassle-free.

Festive Foliage

Incorporate seasonal plants and flowers into your garden. Arrange them in decorative pots or planters for an extra pop of colour. Winter flowers like petunias, salvia, hollyhock, and chrysanthemums can be used to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. For a more sustainable touch, consider planting evergreen trees or shrubs that can be enjoyed year-round.

Create a Comfortable and Cosy Nook

Comfort is key when it comes to enjoying your outdoor space. Invest in outdoor furniture that not only looks great but is also cosy. Cushioned chairs, sofas, and even outdoor bean bags are excellent options. To add a touch of luxury, include outdoor pillows and blankets in festive colours and patterns that complement your theme. Designate a cosy corner for relaxation. Add a hammock, swing, or comfortable lounge chair where you can unwind with a good book or simply enjoy the serenity of your garden.

Fresco Cooking & Dining Experience

If you enjoy cooking outdoors, consider adding a grill or outdoor kitchen to your setup. Cooking and dining al fresco can make your festive gatherings even more special. Try to create a multifunctional space so that your table can also be used as a bar and workstation. A sturdy outdoor dining table and chairs are essential. Complete the look with festive tableware, including colourful plates and napkins, and don’t forget a stylish tablecloth or runner to tie everything together.

Garden Menu

Elevate your festivities by incorporating garden-fresh ingredients into your menu. Harvest vegetables, herbs, or fruits from your garden to use in your dishes. Whether it’s freshly picked herbs for cocktails or homegrown tomatoes for bruschetta, it adds a personalised and delicious touch to your celebrations.

Plan for the Weather

To ensure your festive celebrations can continue into the cooler evenings, consider adding a fire pit or outdoor heater. Gathering around a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a patio heater creates a cosy ambience for great conversations. Have a backup plan in case of rain, such as a canopy or outdoor umbrella. You can also think on the lines of outdoor curtains or shades to shield against wind or intense sun.

Music and Entertainment

Remember the key to a successful party is good music. Set up a speaker system to play your favourites. Create a playlist that sets the mood. Add games like giant Jenga for added fun. Support local talent by inviting local musicians to perform in your garden. Live acoustic music can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It’s an organic process to showcase community talents.

Sustainable Choices

Let’s commit to sustainability by using eco-friendly decorations and practices. Use, reuse, repurpose. Utilise energy-efficient LED lights and solar-powered options to reduce your carbon footprint. Sustainable choices not only benefit the environment but also showcase your commitment to responsible living.

Storytelling through Plants and Theme Decor

Use your garden to tell a story. Plant flowers and shrubs that have a special significance to you and your family. Perhaps there’s a tree that was planted when your child was born or a bonsai that is older than your children. Make these living elements an integral part of your festive setup. Embrace the festivities. Choose decorations that match the occasion. With Christmas approaching, use lots of poinsettias and lavender plants.

Involve the Family

Getting the whole family involved in decorating can be a fun and bonding experience. Contributions to ideas and creativity make the space truly special and strengthen the sense of togetherness during the festive season.

Create a Calendar

Extend the festive season by creating a calendar of garden-themed events. Host a garden tea party, a sunrise yoga session, or a stargazing night. These events can be opportunities to bring friends and family together for unique experiences in your garden.

Share the Joy

As a gesture of goodwill during the festive season, share the bounty of your garden. Prepare small gift baskets with homegrown produce, herbs, or homemade preserves and spread the love and essence of the season.

In essence, setting up your garden and patio for the festive season is a canvas for your creativity and a reflection of your unique personality. Personalised touches, storytelling, and embracing the individuality of your garden can make your festivities not just memorable but deeply meaningful. So, let your garden be your muse, and let your festivities bloom with the colours and stories it holds.

Monika Poddar is a gardening enthusiast and the owner of Chlorofyl
plant boutique

Last updated on 23.12.23, 11:29 AM

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