In our house, we love a good party, and we love to entertain in our backyard all summer long! But it took us a year or so to get it down pat. After both moving from apartments, my honey and I had limited outdoor furnishings. We needed a couch and chairs, table, umbrella, cushions, pillows and lots of outdoor serving ware. I had two adirondack chairs and a table that we still love, and provide additional seating. My honey also picked up a fire pit last season, which keeps us nice and warm on chillier nights. We upgraded our outdoor lighting this year also, adding outdoor string lights to our pergola, and also some solar powered LEDs to our table and umbrella for nighttime dining.
We have the obligatory tiki torches and citronella candles, and I am always on the lookout in Home Goods for new options for hurricanes to liven up the table! I picked up some outdoor placements, a napkin holder and paper towel holder from Bed, Bath and Beyond that easily elevate even a simple grilled dinner. We still have a running outdoor wish list going, and are constantly looking for new ideas to make entertaining easier, and to keep our backyard fresh and welcoming.
I scoured some of my favorite sites (Overstock, World Market and Pier1) and put together some of my favorite bright ideas for your backyard!