As nights draw in and the brilliant autumn colours begin to emerge, this is the perfect time to take a look at your patio or decking with parties in mind. After all, Halloween and Bonfire Night will soon be here.

Patios and decking are ideal venues for autumn parties. With just a little preparation, they can be turned into enchanting locations using twinkling lights twined into railings, in trees or along paths. Chimeneas and built in barbeques add warmth on cold nights as well as allowing you to cook bonfire night food. It makes a wonderful gathering place, where your guests can sit and relax, or stroll around the garden.

Decking can be easily extended or added to a garden to make extra space for outdoor parties of this kind. Think about the extras that can make a party extra special while providing facilities that can be used all year round. Covering part of the patio or decking with a pergola will provide additional shade in summer as well as a wonderful support for themed decorations and outdoor lights when holding autumn parties.

The soft browns and gleaming golds of timber reflect the natural shades of autumn. The deep reds of brickwork and the neutral colours of stone make a pleasing contrast. Paper pumpkins, witches and bats create eye catching décor when hanging from a pergola, or attached to railings on around decking or patios.

Specialist contractors can provide the advice and construction skills to create a new patio or install decking in time for a party. Existing decking may need extending or you can add an extra decking area elsewhere in the garden to emphasise a special feature such as a fountain or pool. This will encourage guests to meander and explore the garden. Contractors can also add in the extras such as railings or pergolas. Think long term as well, and consider adding in some storage areas under or incorporated in the decking, a built in fire pit or barbeque. Curved edgings can add a stylish touch while ramps rather than steps may be safer for guests during evening parties.

Talking to a specialist landscaping company will often provide ideas that you might not otherwise have considered. As specialists they know the industry and can advise on quality products that will match your budget. A new patio or decking area ready for autumn parties can be achieved with only a little thought.

If you would like to discuss a decking or patio project please get in touch via our website www.cj-landscapes.co.uk or email info@cj-landscapes.co.uk.