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Here Are Some Detailed Decor Tips For A Relaxed Sundowner Party

By: Aarushi Agrawal

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A sundowner party is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. The sun is just setting, painting the sky in beautiful, changing colours. The breeze is flowing softly. As the sun sets, the stars start to peek out, decorating the sky with their luminescence. So if you've been thinking about it for some time now, here’s your sign to host a sundowner party. Whether it's for a big group of friends, family and colleagues, or just a small intimate gathering, you’ll want to create a lovely, cosy atmosphere. So here’s everything you need to know about decor to create that inviting, relaxing atmosphere and have a memorable evening.

It’s a good idea to have a theme for the party, and having one will also help streamline your decor choices, giving it a sense of cohesion. Your options are endless but some possibilities include tropical paradise, bohemian chic or a fun beach party. Depending on your theme and venue, you can use things like colourful fabric, lanterns and tropical foliage to decorate the space. Remember to include the theme and dress code in the invitation so guests can dress accordingly, adding to the overall ambience of the party.


Lighting is another important element of the decor. Choose soft, ambient lighting that complements the natural light of the sun. also add string lights and candles, as these will create a warm and inviting glow. You can illuminate the pathway with lights and add slightly bigger lights around the seating area to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

This brings us to the next element of the decor — seating. In one word, you want it to be comfortable so your guests can relax as they enjoy the party. Use outdoor furniture, cushions and warm blankets to create a cosy setting that encourages lounging and conversation. You can also add bean bags and hammocks for a more laid-back vibe. Make sure there is seating in the spots that offer the best views of the sunset. Also, add other cosy elements like rugs to soften hard surfaces and give the party a gentler feel. If you're in a colder area, you can also get a fire going as the night progresses or place a portable heater in a corner.


Also, add a natural element to the party through your decor. This includes fresh flowers, greenery, foliage, floral arrangements using local blooms and foraged greenery. With your other decor pieces, include materials like wood, stone and bamboo, to enhance the outdoor feel of the party.

Create beverage stations in different areas of the venue, or just one if it's a small venue. Here, you can offer water, signature cocktails, mocktails, juices, wines, beers and anything else you can think of. Not only will it encourage guests to stay hydrated, but it's also a space for them to mix and make their cocktails, and they’ll enjoy the interactive element of the party.

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To go the extra mile, add personal touches to the decor like custom signage, place cards and party favours that reflect the theme of the party. You can also add sentimental items to the decor, especially if it's a more intimate gathering. Another way to go is to be minimalistic. Pick a few pieces of decor to act as statement pieces, like a striking centrepiece or an artwork that stands out, and let that be the star of the show, keeping things subtle otherwise. If on the other hand, you prefer a more maximalist approach, give some thought to what items you're placing together so that there’s cohesion and it doesn't just look like clutter.

Throughout the party, keep guests entertained with interactive elements like lawn games or word games. You could consider hiring a live band or a DJ for entertainment and create a more festive atmosphere. Perhaps set up space for guests to observe the sky, first the sunset and then the stars.

Throughout your planning process, opt for sustainable options where possible. Use reusable or biodegradable tableware and decorations, and avoid single-use plastic. Add plants and succulents into your decor that can be replanted afterwards. And encourage guests to carpool as they leave, calling cabs for those who might need them.

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