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15 Outdoor Party Ideas & Essentials

Make a splash at your next summer bash with these outdoor party ideas – brought to you by the Living Spaces designers themselves!

1. Outdoor Aventura Bar Cart

“It’s not an outdoor party this summer without a fantastic selection of fun, tropical drinks – and there’s no better way to show it off than with the Outdoor Aventura Bar Cart. Made of resin wicker and featuring removable baskets and trays, it’s as casual and fun as it is sturdy and practical.” - Christina Garcia, Design Consultant

2. Wireless Speakers

“Go Bluetooth. It’ll make playing music requests that much easier!” - Sara Flores, Visual Stylist

3. Acapulco Bar Table and Chairs

“This collection is great for adults to gather, talk, enjoy adult beverages. Plus, the bright summer colors of the chairs are so fun!”
- Nancy Munoz, Visual Supervisor

4. Party Comfort

“Take stock of your current outdoor space. Do you have enough seating for guests to lounge comfortably? Will shade be a concern, or does shopping for a cantilever umbrella sound like a good idea? Considering these things ahead of time will give you peace of mind before the party.” - Tiyana White, Visual Stylist

5. Outdoor Grenada Egg Chair

“One thing I love about this design is its material – two different types of resin wickers, both 100% recyclable and hand-woven. As a result, you get an environmentally-conscious, natural aesthetic and durable comfort. Best of all? When not in use as the star of your backyard party, it also works as the perfect place to catch a quiet midday nap in solitude!” – Christina Garcia, Design Consultant

6. Trays for Days

“Outdoor trays—like our Set of 2 Gold and Wooden Trays—are not only stylish but useful. They make it easy to carry beverages from the counter to guests while adding a touch of character to your outdoor space.” - Tiyana White, Visual Stylist

7. Easy Bites

“You can’t go wrong with a beautiful display of fruit and snacks!!” - Nancy Munoz, Visual Supervisor

8. Sorrento Collection

“The Sorrento Collection is great for the children to gather, since it has storage compartments for their towels and pool toys!” - Nancy Munoz, Visual Stylist

9. Personalized Menus

“Know your guests! Do some prefer non-alcoholic drinks or eat vegan? Having a variety of options available when it comes time to chow will help make your guests feel welcome.” - Tiyana White, Visual Stylist

10. Ambient Lighting

“A little ambient lighting goes a long way. A rustic metal lantern turns nighttime lighting – a practical necessity – into a pretty statement piece. I especially prefer a dark, earthy stain to fit in with the surrounding colors of nature!” - Sara Flores, Visual Stylist

11. Ice Breakers

“Have a few fun, summertime games in mind. It's nice to let conversations and events unfold naturally, though having some ideas to fall back on during awkward lulls can keep the momentum going.” - Tiyana White, Visual Stylist

12. A 'Tidy' Checklist

“Don’t forget about the indoors! Just because it’s an outdoor party doesn’t mean guests won’t have to use the bathroom – so do a quick run-through to make sure everything’s all clean and tidied-up!” - Sara Flores, Visual Stylist

13. Party Playlists

“Two words: Great music!” - Nancy Munoz, Visual Supervisor

14. Tabletop Illumination

“Lanterns can help set the tone for an inviting summer evening social. The Outdoor 15 Inch Round Brown Rope Lantern is versatile enough to be used for both tabletop and hanging illumination.” - Tiyana White, Visual Stylist

15. Party Prep

“Test everything before party time. Taking the time to make sure the grill, lights, speakers and fire pit are good-to-go will save you hiccups in the long haul.” - Christina Garcia, Design Consultant

 Backyard Party Ideas in Five Easy Steps

What’s not to love about outdoor gatherings? Natural beauty, lush scenery and warm weather are key ingredients for fun and relaxation, but when you’re entertaining, a backyard that’s decked out definitely helps. Luckily, we have just 5 ways for you to turn up the heat on every outdoor party.

1 | Don't Forget the Firepit

The ultimate party hit, an outdoor firepit will instantly give your guests somewhere to gather. They can warm up and get cozy, enjoy the flaming sights and crackling sounds, and even roast marshmallows if you want to make things s’more exciting. From aluminum firepits with nifty beverage ledges, to contemporary concrete and glass firepits with lava rocks, there are plenty of options to ignite backyard bashes.

2 | Find a Buzzworthy Bar Cart

Almost everyone will agree that an outdoor bar cart is the life of the party. Filled with your favorite refreshments, the coolest cocktails and plenty of craveable munchies, it will be your most trusted soiree sidekick. Best of all, many designs are on wheels, so you can move them throughout the crowd and ensure everyone is waited on. From wicker wonders with shelves and storage trays, to sleek, streamlined selections, there will be a bar cart with your name on it.

3 | Throw Some Umbrella Shade

Sunshine is fine and dandy until somebody gets burned, and you can provide protection for everyone with an outdoor umbrella or 2. Whether you want to keep it simple with designs that feature sturdy powder-coated poles, crank lifts and UV-rated weather-resistant polyester canopies, or if you want to level up with umbrellas that offer Bluetooth speakers and solar-powered LED lighting for the evening, you can go as maximal or minimal as you want.

4 | Raise the Stakes with Pub + Bar Height Sets

There’s something about getting your feet off of the ground that makes drinking and dining even more enticing, so consider an outdoor pub or bar set that will give your guests a lift. You can find tables and stools that are perfect for elevated entertaining, and create a hangout spot everyone will talk about.

5 | Reach Your Sectional Potential

The best way to bring big groups together? An outdoor sectional that can comfortably and stylishly seat multiple people. With numerous designs and configurations to choose from, you can find large and small options that suit your outdoor space. From minimalist modular designs, to sectionals with built-in side tables, you’ll discover a world of irresistible options.

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