Hosting events or just get togethers this summer for friends or family? Then it’s time to step up your backyard entertaining game! I am sharing some super fun and helpful ideas for an outdoor entertaining area.
I broke these ideas into a few categories: activities, seating, dining, and logistic ideas! So that you can use all of these ideas together to create your totally perfect outdoor entertaining area! This combination of functional and fun ideas for your outdoor hosting needs should help make these events and gatherings a bit better this summer time.
So let’s jump into the ideas for your outdoor entertaining area so you can get to creating this perfect space.
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Ideas For A Fun Outdoor Entertaining Area
Backyard Entertaining Finds And Ideas!
Activities For Your Outdoor Entertaining Area
1: Outdoor Jumbo Jenga
This is probably the #1 outdoor game in my family! We love Jenga (or this affordable giant Jenga alternative!) and it’s so fun and you can always convert it easily into a drinking game if that’s the vibe of your outdoor party.
2: Casual Volleyball Games
This game is a crowd favorite for all ages! Plus, with the net you can play a variety of games at your outdoor party not just volleyball. So you can use it to find something for anyone to play!
3: Bocce Ball
This is another game that a lot of people are familiar with but I have to say this is the cutest bocce ball set I have ever seen! I also like that bocce bag doesn’t take up much space if you are limited on space for storing yard games. This is always a fun outdoor game that doesn’t involve much set up which is nice.
4: Solar Bluetooth Speaker
This speaker also doubles as a lantern! But I love having solar powered speakers so you don’t have to worry about cords (that can be dangerous if your party has young kids at it…or drunk adults!) and no one has to charge it or worry about batteries. Definitely an outdoor entertaining essential.
5: Jumbo Pong
How fun is this?! And of course, if you want it to be more kid appropriate drinking doesn’t have to be involved at all. But for an adult outdoor party this is probably the most fun activity you could have!
6: Fire pit
Fire pits are really the ultimate outdoor activity! You can roast s’mores, food, or just enjoy the atmosphere and hang our around it.
Seating Finds For Backyard Entertaining
I had to share this for anyone who likes hammocks but doesn’t have two perfectly placed trees. AKA me! I love that you can put this up anywhere and it is so cute to make it even better.
2: Outdoor benches
Benches are a super easy way to add more seating to your outdoor space. And they are easy to move around if need be to change up the seating patterns!
3: Adirondack Chairs
Any Adirondack chairs are a great option especially if you have someone frequently attending your outdoor events that needs a comfy and sturdy place to sit. This one is a rocking chair which is extra fun and also great if any new mothers are attending with an infant!
These are a great option because they can fit into a lot of spaces but also look great. Which can really elevate the space!
5: Conversation Sets
Above are two options for conversation sets where you can mix and match the pieces that work the best for you.
Conversation sets are a wonderful tool for stepping up your outdoor space! You can get one that works for your style and it helps provide lots of hang out space for your outdoor entertaining.
Dining Tools For Outdoor Entertaining Areas
Nothing says a truly put together event like a pitcher filled with lemonade, infused water, sangria, or a fun cocktail!
Check out Pinterest for themed drink ideas to really wow your guests.
2: Outdoor glasses
No need for red solo cups anymore! Get a set of glasses that re outside safe but can be washed and used over again. In the long run this is better for the environment and your wallet plus it looks better to guests.
3: Fun tablecloths
Add a fun touch to your outdoor dining with a fun table cloth! Plus, they are usually reusable compared to cheap, boring, plastic ones which is an all around win. Totally a must have for your outdoor entertaining area.
4: Picnic Basket
Having a picnic basket for snacks and meals that aren’t eaten just on the patio is so helpful. A great option for allowing the kids to eat in “their own” area and the adults on the table!
Logistical Tools and Ideas For Outside Hangouts
1: Giant Umbrella
I just ordered this exact one with LED lights and if you want to see how I style it and set it up make sure to follow me on Instagram here!
2: Oil Lamps
Another great option for ensuring you have lighting in the evening! Just make sure to practice safety precautions when using an oil lamp.
This is a great option for adding shade to your outdoor gathering. Especially if you are having a larger get together and need notable amounts of shade!
4: Outdoor bar cart
Okay, this might not be a logistical item but I consider it to be one! This bar cart is sure to wow your guests at your outdoor party.
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