The mild summer nights are perfect for al fresco dining. You can throw a few beers in the fridge and a couple of burgers on the grill, or open a nice bottle of wine, display a plate of appetizers, and watch the stars come out. But if you want to host a really good outdoor party, you need to pay close attention to how you design and set up your outdoor space.
When decorating your outdoor space, you need to consider the needs and comfort of your guests as they move through the phases of the evening. You need a good table to eat, an intimate setting to encourage conversation, lighting for security, and more. So you can make your garden the perfect place for entertainment.
A good foundation
Whether you’re planning cookouts, dinner parties, Outdoor movie nights, Cocktail soirees or a combination of the above, you need a solid foundation for your garden furniture and decor. A deck or patio gives durability to your entertaining outdoor space and is the perfect place for it Switch on your Weber charcoal grillSo make sure you arrange your dining table and chairs here.
You can’t expect your party guests to stand all night, so you need to plan enough seating in your outdoor entertainment area. Sitting at the dining table is a matter of course. If your deck or patio is large enough, you can also set up a separate seating area with comfortable outdoor sofas and chairs around a coffee table, fireplace, or fireplace. Wooden benches with cushions are also great for sitting outside, and you can take some Adirondack chairs or director’s chairs for extra seating in the grass. Use carpets outdoors to demarcate different areas on your deck or patio.
A table for four – or more
A round table is best suited for your entertaining outdoor area because you can seat more people at a round table than at a square one. Do you often host groups of different sizes? Imagine an expanding table with a middle sheet. You can even use an inside table as long as you have a place between dinner parties where you can keep it outside of the elements. Do you need something classic and durable? Take a wooden picnic table and treat it with weather-resistant stain.
Your guests will want to talk to each other, so huddle the seats together instead of separating them. Avoid loud water features and keep music in the background so guests can easily hear each other. Add fairy lights, candles, Tiki torchesor other soft lighting of the seating areas to improve the mood.
Easy access to food and drink
As with any party, guests need to find refreshments easily at their outdoor parties. Set up a grill station or another sideboard outside as a buffet table in your dining area. Include a cooler or mini fridge for drinks, or Make your own cooling table Stow drinks. Just make sure that refreshments are easily accessible from all areas of the party – it can be uncomfortable when everyone has to go outside to the living room to get a beer from the ice bucket coffee table.
Protection from the elements
If you live in an area where it rains in the summer, you want some kind of protection over at least part of your outdoor entertainment area so that you don’t have to stop cooking due to rain. You can set up a gazebo for grilling and eating, or build a covered porch. Make sure the covered area is large enough to comfortably protect all your guests from the weather.
If you live in a drier climate, you still need protection from the sun. A pergola or canvas canopy is ideal.
Mood lighting can make your garden look pretty, but landscape lighting makes it safer to navigate in the dark. Add landscape lighting on steps and sidewalks to protect your guests from injury, or persuade your homeowner insurance to pay their medical bills.
A good outdoor entertainment area can really expand your indoor property. With cozy comfort and the right ambience, you can show your friends that your garden parties are not just a fad – they are here to stay.