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Ideas for backyard entertaining

by | Sep 1, 2020

Michele Horn

Michele Horn is an industry leader who takes pride in building a passionate team, creating vision, and empowering her team members for success. She has over 20 years of experience working with people to provide excellence in service, she is passionate about building community, and takes pride in the success of those she mentors. Her experience in education, the arts, non-profits, construction, and small business has allowed her to be relational and accessible to her clients, her employees, and to business and community leaders alike.

Imagine Sunday mornings spent sipping coffee on your patio, fresh-grilled sandwiches on a clear spring day, or moonlit evenings relaxing with a glass of wine. An outdoor kitchen and dining area is the perfect destination for these simple delights. If you’re ready to transform your backyard, patio, or rooftop into a luxurious getaway, check out these ideas.

Outdoor Stove and Grill

Your trusty barbecue grill is great for making hamburgers, steaks, and ribs, but you’ve probably wished you had a bit more room to work. If you want a truly amazing outdoor cooking experience, you need an outdoor kitchen complete with a built-in grill, oven, and stone countertops. Easily chop vegetables and meats before roasting them over an open fire or tossing them on the grill, or make delicious smoked foods with easy access to both your prep station and the grill.

 

 

 

 

A Comfortable Dining Area

Meals are a time to relax, nourish your body, and enjoy the company of others. Sometimes, your fancy dining table and stiff chairs are just too formal for the occasion. Liven it up with a flexible, casual outdoor dining area. Set up a classic picnic table for a fun vibe, or choose a rustic table with comfy chairs for an earthy, indulgent aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

A Tiki Bar

Few things get the summer vibes going like an outdoor bar. Add an exotic touch to your outdoor dining area with a whimsical tiki bar. With natural wood construction, festive decor, and a mini fridge tucked away inside, you can beat the heat with ice-cold drinks served fresh, even on a scorcher of a day. Add some funky barstools or barrels for easy seating.

 

 

 

 

A Fire Pit

Who says you have to eat around a table? Plus, there’s nothing quite like beers and s’mores after a long day. Set up your fire pit with cozy chairs, throw pillows, and convenient end tables for a safe, toasty evening. You can purchase pre-built fire pits or set your own in an attractive stone setting.

 

 

 

 

A Perfect Napping Place

There’s nothing quite like stealing an afternoon nap on a beautiful, mild day — especially after a yummy brunch on your patio! Devote a portion of your outdoor space to post-meal relaxation. A daybed with flowing curtains, a hammock under a decorative awning, or a mod couch with soft cushions are all perfect places to take a snooze and leave the cleanup for later.

 

 

 

Natural Barriers

Of course, it’s hard to relax in your backyard oasis if prying neighbors can easily snoop on your dinner party. Block out the outside world and indulge in relaxation by setting up natural barriers around your outdoor dining area and kitchen. Plants such as bamboo, jasmine, and buckthorn add an elegant beauty to your space and can easily be grown against walls, fences, and trellises to provide privacy.

 

 

 

Ultimately, your outdoor dining and relaxation destination is up to you. Choose the elements that will make it comfortable, versatile, and beautiful to you. Each zone of your space should serve a different purpose, whether it’s cooking, dining, drinking, or simply enjoying the stars. For expert assistance in cultivating your unique space, bring on a landscape architect to help your vision come to life.

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