When it comes to entertaining, we pour it on! At Lucy we love designing for parties – and thought it would be fun to show you different ways to create party playful settings. A little re-style and voila, you can see how even a few small changes add up to a big wow! The outdoor pergola and swing is the star of the show and the perfect stage for setting a scene. Now, to have fun dolling it up! Check out our 10 STEPS to Party Fun under the Pergola!
♥ Every show needs curtains
So get ready for the curtain call! Take down the “blah” plain-colored drapery panels and replace them with kicky striped ones, adding a playful, carnival-like vibe. And three is the magic number here: two panels on a tie back would create more of a room-drapery feeling, but three panels adds fullness and truly filters out the bright sunlight while also creating a cozy hideaway.
♥ Add a ceiling layer under the pergola structure to create a room-like feeling
We stapled up 48” wide bamboo fencing as another ceiling layer to provide texture and a twinkling sunlight filter. Just $20 a roll for reed bamboo fencing from the local hardware store. Use a premium staple, not just your every day!
♥ Change up the mood with murals
For the finale, we hung a fan palm mural along the back to cozy up the mood and just because we love to style, we did a little set change with a second sunshiney one to swap out later. A wall hanging doesn’t have to be expensive – ours were both from Society 6, 100% polyester so get this…they are also wash + wear. No fuss with the Lucy Crew. Toss them in the wash to soften up, and they will flutter in the breeze adding a big punch of fun.
♥ Roll out the rug
Roll out an 8×10 outdoor rug to extend your lounge and create that outdoor room. A few appetizers and cocktails and you are ready to entertain. We think this black + white color scheme is a great go-to for any style!
It can all be changed out so easily – and is wash and wear because even the best behaved guest can have an oopsie. With just a staple gun and an idea we created the ideal backdrop—and a touch of drama—for anything from a playful party to a napping nook. And we gave the space instant privacy and coziness, so important in either of those situations. But now comes the real fun part: Setting the stage with accessories! And we always go a little crazy styling. Don’t be afraid to add lots of layers, that creates visual interest and invites curiosity and conversation.
♥ Lanterns-Let their be light
To expand our room vignette, we added oversized lanterns, beautiful 42-inch-tall iron metal in our modern B + W room, and white painted Moroccan lanterns for a breezier Boho space.
♥ Plants of course
Yes, Plants galore-palms, succulents, hanging plants, we love our GREEN—and mirrored sunburst mirrors— to lower the ceiling height and create an intimate mood. For a dreamy vibe we brought in all the plants we could get our hands on, and added macramé planters, natch.
♥ Tables of every size
Every party needs places for edibles + cocktails, tables of every style and size were perfectly. Woven garden drums or a faux-grass ottoman can serve as resting places for a charcuterie board or a glass of rosé, or to pull up seating for an extra guest.
♥ Pillows Galore
We dove into the Lucy Penfield Collection of pillows to up the color ante with each design. Pinks dappled with red for a playful touch. Black + white always for a crisp and clean modern feel. Blues + greens for a tropical sea breeze appeal. And a little backstage secret: King size bed pillows are the perfect backing to plump up your party lounge pillows + certainly perfect for mid-day nap!
♥ Party Animals
Every event needs something—or someone—a little wild. So we brought in our zen frog garden statue for a little boho mood and Pinky our flamingo mascot for a flirty feel. Pixel the chihuahua—the star of the show—approves!