It may not feel warm yet, but warmer weather is coming soon. With the change of seasons comes the opportunity to spend more time outside with friends and family. If you are looking for ideas to create an inviting patio space, you have come to the right place. Today I am sharing the 10 elements for the perfect outdoor entertaining space.
Place to Cook
Having a place to cook or prepare food is important when entertaining outdoors. Whether you have an elaborate outdoor kitchen or a simple charcoal grill, having a place to cook outside is a must. No one wants to miss out on an outside gathering because they are stuck inside cooking in the kitchen. You know how everyone gathers in the kitchen when you have a party? If you bring the kitchen outside, you create a great space for friends and family to gather.
Seating for Eating
If you plan to entertain outside and serve food, you need to have a place for people to eat. A dinning table is a necessity. There’s nothing fun about trying to balance a plate on your lap while trying to eat. Invest in a table that will fit your group size. If you have small intimate gatherings, maybe a round table with four to six chairs will do. If you entertain often, have a mix of adults and kids and have the space, maybe snag a large outdoor dinning table.
Shade is a must-have if you plan to entertain outside. This can be as simple as an umbrella or as extravagant as a pergola, but providing shade for your guests is imperative to ensure comfort when the sun is out. No one wants to get a sunburn or be forced to seek refuge inside to avoid the sun’s rays. There are so many options for providing shade that fit a range of budgets.
Seating for Relaxing
When you are entertaining outdoors, it is a good idea to have comfortable seating for your guests. Outdoor furniture has come a long way from a simple lawn chair. You can find stunning outdoor furniture sets online with weather-proof cushions and pillows. This is also a great way to show your style by choosing colorful fabrics or adding a fun pattern.
If you plan to entertain after dark, you need good lighting outside. There are so many options for permanent lighting like pendant lights or wall-mounted lanterns. Also look into temporary lighting using string lights or paper lantern lights. Look at your options and make sure you buy light fixtures for outdoor use to ensure they don’t get ruined by the elements.
Outdoor entertaining is more fun with cocktails! Set up an area for mixing and storing cold drinks to create a fun space for entertaining. You can have something simple, like an awesome cooler, or a mini fridge; or something a little more festive like a tiki hut! Having a place to pour drinks and keep beverages cold outside is important because you don’t want your guests to have to go inside for a refill.
Fire Pit or Fireplace
If it gets cold in the evenings where you live, you might want to think about investing in a fire pit or a fireplace. Not only will this help keep your guests warm on chilly nights, but it will bring ambiance to the outdoors. Keep in mind, you don’t have to build a brick and mortar fireplace is you are working within a tight budget. There are plenty of stand-alone fire pits that can be purchased online at affordable prices. Make sure you check your HOA or municipality for regulations on open fire!
Fan or Mister
On the other hand, if you live in a place that is hot, you want to include elements to cool your guests as you enjoy the outdoors. If you have the means, install a misting system that will spray cool mist into the air. You can also add ceiling or wall mounted fans to help keep your entertaining space cool. Happy and comfortable guests make for fun gatherings!
Sound System/ TV
You can hard-wire a sound system and install outdoor wall-mounted speakers on your patio, or invest in wireless outdoor speakers to play your favorite party tunes. Having a place to watch TV or a movie is also a great way to achieve the perfect outdoor entertaining space.
How cool would it be to have an outdoor bathroom for guests to use while you’re entertaining? This is especially handy if you have a pool. Your guests don’t have to go through your house to use the facilities.
Now you know the 10 elements for the perfect outdoor entertaining space. Include one or more of these and you are likely to have an inviting outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining friends and family. I can’t wait for the weather to change so we can spend more time outside entertaining.