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Creating an Outdoor Display in the Backyard

Another alternative that looks great when entertaining guests during the holidays is to have a good setup for an outdoor display. Not only is this ideal for those times when you want to entertain outside, it can also be appreciated from the inside when you are entertaining during colder months. If you have never decorated your backyard for the holidays before, here are some general tips which will ensure that your holiday display is just as much of a success on the outside as it is within your household.

Make use of your plants and shrubs as much as possible. If you have a garden or an area in your backyard that is full of plants or shrubbery, you can use it to display lights. Generally dim white Christmas lights look the best on these types of plants, but there are many other options that you can consider and choose from. You don’t have to do an intricate design with the lights in order to make a grand impression. Instead, simply wrap the lights around the plants in a normal fashion; most people prefer a more simple and moderate design style with lights than something that may be too intricate and look cluttered.

Incorporate wreaths and other holiday decorations in a more unique way. Instead of putting those wreaths on the door for Christmas, consider attaching some to your square shrubs. This unique look creates the appearance of a well-trimmed and customized topiary which your guests are guaranteed to approve of. This is a great way to incorporate holiday decorations into your backyard without making it seem too forced or cluttered. Other elements, such as typical holiday fake snow is said to create more of the feel of the season and can also make it look as if your backyard is bit larger, although it is not recommended if there are any small children that will be visiting your household.

Don’t underestimate the use of candles for your outside scene. Whether you have them displayed on the tables outside or hanging from lamps around the area, having candles is a great way to produce ambient light and create a more dreamlike effect for your backyard. If you are concerned about fire hazards, there are plenty of normal lights that you can purchase from the store which mimic the exact style of candles and tea lights.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.