Have you always wanted a backyard where everyone in your family and surrounding neighborhood gather to have a good time? If you current outdoor living area isn’t quite up to snuff in terms of style, comfort and usability, then use these tips to create a party friendly backyard sure to be the hub for fun.
Design an Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Room
Take a cue from the interior of your home and design similar rooms outdoors. At the heart of any good party is food and beverage so an outdoor kitchen is de rigeur. Make sure the kitchen is well-equipped with a spacious, built-in barbecue, refrigerator and a sink for washing hands and veggies. In close proximity, set up a dining area with a table large enough to handle a crowd and lots of comfortable dining chairs.
If you don’t plan on entertaining a large group of people, you may want to consider using a dining table with a gas or propane fire pit in the middle. Some “fire tables” are set up specifically to cook food; having each guest cook their own kebabs and s’mores tableside makes for a very fun evening.
Another option is to extend the countertop around your outdoor barbecue and add a row of barstools. This permanent seating is located where most of your guests will hang out anyway – in the middle of the cooking action. It is a more informal arrangement and best suited for smaller parties.
No matter the configuration of your kitchen and dining area, be sure to top it all off with a shade structure that adequately covers the entire area. You may opt to use a cantilever umbrella such as the Vineyard Shade Pod for your party friendly backyard. With up to four separate, yet conjoined, umbrellas, this unique design is sure to provide all the shade necessary to cover a large area.
Design a Poolside Entertaining Area
Another popular place for outdoor parties is poolside. Who doesn’t enjoy cooling off in crystal clear water on a hot day and enjoying an ice cold beverage afterward?
The key to designing a poolside entertaining area is to ensure you provide lots of comfortable lounge seating, shade structures and perhaps a cabana or two.
Cabanas such as the Mercury Lounger by TUUCI shown here make the ideal place for guests to change in and out of their swimwear. Plus, it’s such a cozy spot!
Attach a cantilever umbrella to the pool deck and you can easily create a shady spot for swimmers to refresh. The Bay Master swim under cantilever umbrella from TUUCI is the perfect choice for the pool. Simply adjust the positioning as the sun crosses the sky. An added bonus is that this umbrella looks as good as it performs.
If you wish your party friendly backyard to resemble a resort, opt for a line of lounge chairs, such as these from Seaside Casual, on the pool deck. Loungers with deep cushions in bright colors look oh-so-inviting to guests. Be sure to include a variety of occasional tables scattered between the chairs to make it convenient for guests to keep their cold beverages and snacks close at hand.
If your goal is to do more entertaining in the upcoming months, then use these tips to create a party friendly backyard that friends and family will love to visit.