You’ve spent a lot of time and money building your outdoor oasis. The furniture has been purchased and landscaping is complete. It’s time to show off your beautiful space and get entertaining! Before you do, check out our ultimate guide on what accessories you need to create a backyard fit for summer barbecues and dinner parties. Contact these design and decor specialists for help!
When the warm weather arrives and you move your dinner parties outside, having an outdoor oasis is every entertainer’s dream. While you might think a successful dinner party requires sophisticated settings and mulit-course meals, just the opposite is true. All that’s required to create an enjoyable evening is appealing food, good company, and a welcoming setting.
While I leave the recipes and guest list up to you, I can certainly help with the hospitable setting. I recently enjoyed working on a client’s cottage patio, designing the perfect space for a summer full of fun dinner parties.
Start off on the right foot
First things first – you need a good floor. When we began, my client’s patio was covered in kitchen porcelain tiles which were slippery, ugly and impractical for our weather. I turned to EON deck and patio tiles from The Home Depot. They are super simple to lay-down and click together easily in a variety of patterns. They are such an easy solution to update any space, large or small. They can cover up existing mistakes or be the new ground under your feet. These tiles completely transformed my client’s space and gave it a clean and inviting place to begin the makeover design plan.
Note: The average price for an EON deck and patio tile is $50 for a box of 10 tiles. The grey and cedar colour options will suit any backyard.
Our design and decor specialists can help you find suitable options.
Your entertaining space needs these essentials
With your space in good shape, it’s time to add in the key components that will really transform your backyard into an entertaining spot.
A great table to gather around
This one’s from The Home Depot and works on so many levels:
- It has a sleek design and is comfortable for long conversations.
- It fits a space perfectly.
- The chairs stack for easy winter storage and have removable bottom cushions.
While we don’t want to think about winter when the summer season has just started, you want to outfit your backyard with good quality, easy to store furniture.
Every great table needs a great umbrella. An umbrella not only has the obvious task of providing shade, it also helps define your outdoor dining room. I found these colourful lanterns from PC Home at the Real Canadian Superstore; hung on the umbrella pillars, they provide warm mood lighting, and even a touch of romance.
Tip: Be sure to add a hook and a stopper to the location of where you want the lanterns to hang under the umbrella, otherwise they will move around as the wind catches them.
Add to the mood with lighting. Strategically set lanterns or candles around the perimeter of the deck where no one will trip over them. They define a patio area and create an intimate and cozy ambiance fit for late-night entertaining. Have a design and decor expert show you which spaces outdoors will greatly benefit from what lighting option.
With so many lighting options available, how do you choose a fixture? And where should they go? We’ve got you covered. Here’s an extensive overview of backyard lighting options.
Don’t get overly fussy with china. An eclectic mix feels more laid-back and it is a great conversational starter. Outdoor dishware has come a long way – you can now find stunning colours and patterns that are as nice, or nicer, than your indoor set.
Remember: you want to entertain and utilize your beautiful space. Don’t spend time worrying when you should be enjoying your time outdoors! So pick a selection of outdoor dishware that’s easy to wash (dishwasher preferred!) and soak up the dinner conversation.
Barbecue or Outdoor Kitchen
This is one of the most important aspects of any complete backyard oasis. No outdoor party would be complete without a BBQ. If you love to cook, you need a barbecue that’s ideal for entertaining. Choose a unit with features like Flavourizer bars to eliminate flare-ups, and a fuel gauge so you never run-out mid dinner party.
Having trouble deciding which BBQ is right for you? This video explains everything you need to know:
Bonus tip: If you’re an avid outdoor entertainer, why not consider building an outdoor kitchen? Our guide explains everything you need to know about outdoor kitchens.
Don’t forget the bar!
For all dinner parties, I am a fan of a stocked bar cart. Not only is a cart convenient for holding supplies, it is a splendid accessory in setting the mood for a notable diner party. It also creates a stunning visual:
- Pile glasses on your cart;
- Store the plates and silverware;
- Use it as much-needed outdoor counter space and a self-serving zone.
For fast clean-up, wheel it back to the kitchen! It’s that simple. The bar cart is an essential for a good party hostess. Our design and decor specialists can help you find a bar that will suit your outdoor space!
For the finishing touch on your patio oasis, including plants in different elevated planters completes the overall feel and sets the mood for many meals and conversations spent with family and friends during the glorious outdoor season.
Need a little help getting your backyard ready for entertaining? We can help you out with that! Our extensive director of design and decor specialists are knowledgeable in furnishing indoor and outdoor spaces. Chat with them about how you envision your backyard and they’ll make your entertaining space come to life!
Happy Patio Season Everyone!