Outdoor entertaining ideas, decorating tips and more to make the most of your porch, patio, deck, pergola, gazebo and yard all summer and beyond.
I know we’re all thinking about packing up all the trappings of summer as we move into back-to-school and pumpkin spice mode. But in my opinion, this is the perfect season to get outside and enjoy your porches, patios, decks and backyards. So, I’ve rounded up my favorite outdoor entertaining ideas and products from Wayfair to inspire you to party al fresco!
If you think outdoor entertaining season is almost over, you must not live in the South!
Seriously, after months of sizzling heat, it’s finally cooling off enough that you can spend time outdoors without melting, sweating and waging war with the mosquitos. Some nights (and days), it’s downright pleasant.
I plan on logging many hours here throughout the dog days of summer, fall and even the early winter months!
We always work on our big outdoor projects in the late summer and early fall because we don’t have to contend with sweltering heat and springtime pollen. I also find that it’s also a great time to buy outdoor furniture, accessories and entertaining essentials because retailers are running end-of-season sales and clearance deals.
At the end of this post, you’ll find a shoppable list of fun outdoor decor and entertaining finds from Wayfair. Some of the items are on my personal wishlist, while others are inspired by our outdoor spaces and how we entertain.
If you’re stumped for how to decorate your outdoor spaces or how to use them, I hope you’ll find these simple outdoor decorating tips and outdoor entertaining ideas useful.
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Treat Your Outdoor Spaces as An Extension of your Home
I like to treat our porches and patios as outdoor rooms. Comfortable, cozy seating is a must — for long conversations and outdoor naps! Pile on the outdoor pillows and throws for a homey touch.
Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate all your guests, comfortably. Add in garden stools for extra seating and side tables and coffee tables so guests have a place to sit their drinks and prop their feet.
Choose Materials and Finishes that Can Survive Outdoors
Because they’re exposed to elements — sun, rain, snow, wind, high temperatures and low — outdoor furnishings and accessories take a lot of abuse.
If you like the look of painted furniture outdoors, use durable exterior-grade paint and plan to refresh the finish every few years.
If you invest in outdoor cushions, be sure you choose outdoor-rated fabrics and foam. And even then, I recommend storing cushions and pillows in a deck box when not in use. I keep my decorative pillows in an outdoor trash can when they’re not being used and also off season.
Plan to Party
Having another space to entertain is one of favorite things about our patio.
We built a potting bench to use as a server and also added a long farmhouse-style table with seating for eight for outdoor dining.
Acrylic beverage dispensers are another must-have for outdoor parties.
Don’t forget about fun & games
An outdoor space isn’t complete without a few fun and games.
Shop for Your Outdoor Space
Now that I’ve inspired you with my outdoor entertaining ideas and decorating tips, let’s furnish your space. You can shop for my favorite outdoor items here:
More outdoor entertaining ideas
If you’re looking for more outdoor entertaining ideas, check out these parties and recipes made for the great outdoors.