How to Design a Backyard That Is Perfect for Entertaining

by Editor on July 5, 2013

Backyard Study - 20 September 2008

Summer is a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy time in the outdoors. Your backyard is a great place to entertain and catch up with family and friends. Designing your yard for entertaining can be fun and easy, plus it will look great and keep your friends talking about your yard for months! Here are some ideas to best design your backyard for entertaining.

Be sure to provide enough seating for guests. Choose different types of seating arrangements and areas so that everyone can be comfortable. You also want to ensure that they are able to see each other and talk. Consider purchasing a table with 4 or 5 chairs around it. Usually glass or another easy to clean option is best. Choose weatherproof chairs that will not be ruined by sun bleaching or rain and mildew. These should be wicked. You can choose from a variety of options such as stained and weather treated wood. This can serve as a nice eating area and should have a height as appropriate. Also consider another seating area with a coffee table. This may have a small outdoor couch or love seat as well as some individual chairs. Stools are also a quick an easy way to make more seating available and even come with weatherproof cushions.

Aside from seating, you may choose to include a bar area. This may be ideal next to the grill where food will be served. You can line tall bar stools along the edge and even keep a stocked bar! Ideally, you could install a mini-fridge outside for easy access to ice cold beverages. Near your bar it would be a great idea to store utensils needed for cooking, eating or drinking such as disposable cups, plates, forks or your grilling tools. Keeping everything accessible will ensure you aren’t running back and forth from the kitchen while entertaining your guests. You will have more time to be social and feel that you are a part of the conversation.

Some other touches your may wish to include could really jazz up a party. “Tiki” torches are inexpensive and make any outdoor party look more festive. You can even purchase torches that have citronella candles so they will keep the bugs away and prevent your guests from being bitten by insects! Also, you could install a fire pit. You can purchase freestanding ones at your local home and garden center or your may construct a permanent structure. These are great for roasting marshmallows, setting the mood, or just keeping toasty when the sun goes down on those chilly summer nights.

Entertaining outdoors in the summer is relaxing and enjoyable for all. Whether you decide to use “tiki” torches, your guests will noticeĀ attractive outdoor bench seats, or a wet bar, any enhancement to your outdoor space. Ensure that your next party is a hit by sprucing up your outdoor space and ensuring all your guests and comfortable and happy, while making your life easier! Enjoy the summer months with ease and in style.

photo by: Marion Doss

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