Oftentimes we plan parties in our dining rooms or living rooms, but how often do we gather outside in our gardens or backyard decks? Entertaining alfresco creates a completely different atmosphere and allows us to really enjoy each season as it comes. With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to update your outside entertainment space! Whether you have a covered or uncovered patio/deck, screened-in porches, sunrooms or a gazebo in the garden, there are plenty of ways to make any space guest-ready.
When planning your outdoor soiree, it’s important to remember that your guests will need a place to sit and relax. If you don’t want to have a traditional dining space or your outdoor entertaining space is limited, consider grouping patio chairs and sofas with an accent table to provide a place to sit and eat. This type of setup is also more casual and encourages guests to get up, move about and mingle.
Outdoor Accent Tables
You can never have too many accent tables! Even if you’re opting for a larger dining table set, accent tables are great functional pieces for your deck. They not only provide a place for friends and family to place their drinks and/or food, accent tables also provide extra space for your hosting essentials. For example, space for light bites or cocktails, decorative items (plants, candles, etc.), speakers and other recreational activities (board games, card games, etc.).
Patio Dining Sets
For those with larger outdoor areas or those who would like a more formal setting, a patio dining set fills your space while providing enough seating to keep all your guests comfortable. You may also want to consider choosing a patio set that is durable with weather-resistant seat cushions, so it can withstand the unpredictable.
Outdoor Entertainment Pieces
It isn’t a party without entertainment! Luckily, most indoor entertainment can be outdoor entertainment if you have the right pieces. Here are several options for all-weather and water-resistant recreational activities that work well for porches, patios and decks.
If your outdoor space has a large enough table, consider bringing some board games out like Clue or Monopoly for some classic fun.
Pool tables also make a great recreational addition for outdoor get-togethers. Their design allows everyone, even those not playing to participate by gathering around the table to socialize.
Music & Speakers
Every party needs music! There’s no need to install an elaborate sound system on your back deck. Try out a portable outdoor speaker that produces great sound quality and can be easily moved around.
Bar Carts & Wet Bars
If you have a covered outdoor space, installing a wet bar can make life a little bit easier when entertaining. Being able to store extra glassware, plates, silverware and beverages outside is a huge benefit. If you’re working with a smaller space or don’t have a covered patio, bar carts provide the same perks in a mobile fashion.
Once you’ve chosen your main furniture pieces and added some entertainment options, give your outdoor party space a pop of color and personality with a few outdoor accessories. They can be functional pieces or just for fun!
If you have an uncovered porch, a free standing umbrella not only adds a bit of spatial height but also provides sun protection.
Throw pillows are a simple way to add design, color, texture and comfort to any space. When selecting throw pillows for the outdoors, make sure you’re choosing all-weather and weather-resistant materials. Even if your porch space is covered and not affected by rain, exposure to sunlight can still cause your pillows to fade.
Potted plants on the patio or in the sunroom add to the overall outdoor ambiance. Choose a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. You can do small groupings on the floor, tables or even hang them from the wall or ceiling.
From overhead fixtures to lights strung on poles, lighting helps to define your entertainment space and create a unique look and feel.
Outdoor rugs add a finishing touch to your patio with a unique pattern or vibrant color. Patio rugs are designed to withstand sun, rain, and other outdoor elements.
Check out more of El Dorado’s outdoor accessories to create the perfect gathering for you and your loved ones al fresco!