Hello summer! Soon the season will be in full swing. Do you like to entertain in the summertime? Whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a large celebration, adding the right elements to your space can make your outdoor areas shine like the summer sun. Here are six ways to infuse the perfect elements for all of your entertainment needs this season.
Seating is key
One of the key ingredients to hosting a successful party is making sure your guests feel like they have a place. If you are like me, you won’t want to miss anything at your summer gathering. When everyone has room to dine at a large table, it allows for lively conversation and interaction with guests. I love the juxtaposition pictured here. The mix of rusticness and elegance creates a space that is inviting and intriguing.
Inviting bar area
Outdoor bars are a terrific asset to the entertainer’s backyard. It makes your outdoor space more interesting and interactive. Many guests like to linger around a stand-up bar to socialize. Also, it keeps the food and drinks close for both host and guests.
The tile façade shown on this bar makes it the focal point of the space. Pattern and colour enhance interest and adds a lively vibe. If you don’t have room for a built-in bar, consider purchasing a portable one.
Fun and games
Incorporate a little healthy competition at your next get-together by adding backyard games for your guests to enjoy. This summer, increase the fun quotient in your yard with an outdoor game or two, like this putting green. When the guests leave, it can act as a relaxation tool when you are home solo. String some lights around the perimeter of your putting green, or game area, to allow activity into the wee hours of the evening.
If your yard is large, consider adding zones with varying elements to offer variety and interest. Breaking up your space in areas with separate conversation nooks encourages guests to travel from one zone to another throughout the night making mingling more enticing. Stretch your creativity by designing each space in a unique way with a variety of seating options and finishes.
Add a fire element
Adding a fireplace will extend and enhance your outdoor pleasure. If you don’t have the funds or the space for a permanent built-in fireplace, there are many options available for a portable one. People love to gather and chat by a fire. Turn up the heat and enjoy your backyard all evening long.
Add a water feature
If you have a large yard you may want a swimming pool to make you popular with all your friends. Small yards and even balconies can have water features, too. The reflective properties of water can make your backyard look and feel larger. A water feature also adds a focal point to your outdoor area. It creates tranquility. If you live in a high traffic area, the soothing sounds of rippling water can help drown out background noise.
With so many options available, it is easy to create an atmosphere that is unique to both your design style as well as the type of parties you host. I hope these ideas inspire you to create your perfect outdoor entertaining spots! You can discover more outdoor ideas on our Pinterest board
Jo-Ann Capelaci is president and principal interior designer of Colours & Concepts Inc. The award-winning company specializes in model homes and colour and upgrade selections for builders. They have been helping new home buyers choose finishes for their homes for over 20 years. Jo-Ann is dedicated to helping new home buyers create a model home feeling in their new home. Look for future articles on other topics to assist in decorating and designing your new home.