6 Accessories to Enhance Your Outdoor Entertaining Experience

by Matthew BreyerOctober 31, 2018

Your home isn’t just the place where you store your belongings and sleep at night. You may also enjoy having friends and loved ones over to visit.

There’s no reason to limit these visits to your indoor space, though. With the right setup and accessories, your outdoor entertaining experiences can be just as fun – if not more so – than the indoor gatherings you host. Here are six accessories that can enhance your outdoor gatherings and events.

1. Deck

A deck is a great transition space between the back door and the backyard. Depending on how you would like to entertain your guests, you can choose a large deck for dining and relaxation or a smaller deck that leave plenty of grassy areas for games or other recreation.

2. All-Weather Furniture

You need furniture in any space you are going to use to entertain. It should be attractive and comfortable. If it’s going to stay outside, it also needs to be able to stand up to the elements. Outdoor furniture should be waterproof and fade-resistant.

3. Umbrellas

Umbrellas can be nice outdoor accessories, particularly if you have a lot of seating. They serve two purposes. First, they protect your furniture when you are not in the backyard by blocking dirt, precipitation or the sun’s rays. Second, an umbrella lets you and your guests enjoy being outside while still being shielded from rain or intense sunlight.

4. Grill Station

No party is complete without a great menu, and an outdoor grill station can assist with your food preparation. With a grill right there in your backyard, you don’t have to keep running back inside away from your guests to prepare food. You can serve vegetable kebabs, steaks, chicken, or burgers, and you can ensure that they are as fresh as possible by cooking them right there at the party.

5. Fire Pit

A warm fire can be the perfect end to the evening. With a fire pit right there in your backyard, your outdoor entertaining experience is complete. You can add an easy dessert to your dinner party with toasted marshmallows, or you can just invite your guests to sit around and tell stories, basking in the light of the fire as they finish their food and beverages.

6. Patio Swing

For more intimate gatherings, you may want to consider a patio swing. A swing provides just enough seating for two people or can be used for your special reading spot where you savor your alone time with the day’s first cup of coffee. You can rock gently on the swing as you talk the night away in the privacy of your backyard.

Your backyard can be a great place to entertain; you just need the right tools. Whether you want to throw lavish dinner parties, host birthday parties, or set aside a private space for you and your family, you can create the perfect space by adding the right furniture and other outdoor accessories. With accessories such as these, you can turn your outdoor space into a place of hospitality and welcome.

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About The Author
Matthew Breyer
Matthew Breyer is the owner of Breyer Construction & Landscape, a family-owned residential remodeling company in southeastern Pennsylvania that specializes in designing and building custom outdoor living areas and other home improvements. Matt wears many hats in this role, including Lead-Designer where he works directly with clients as well as supporting the rest of the BCL design team as they work to understand our client’s dreams, needs, and concerns — and create a unique solution to ensure the finished project exceeds expectations. When not working, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, as well as serving as president of the North American Deck and Railing Association.