5 Ways to Refresh Your Patio For End-of-Summer Entertaining
If you’re like us, you live for long summer nights and all the outdoor entertaining that comes with the season. And with the last few weeks of summer quickly approaching, the nights get cooler and entertaining outside becomes even more enjoyable. So it's time to roll out the fire pits and heat lamps and stock those bar carts.
But first, as with any alfresco affair, a vibrant and comfortable outdoor setting is essential. It not only sets the tone of your event, but it also puts your guests at ease. It might be a luncheon in your backyard, happy hour cocktails with friends on the patio, or an all-out end-of-summer bash.
Whatever the celebration, we’ve rounded up a few quick ways to freshen up your patio, backyard, or garden so that it’s ready for your final summer hurrahs. Read on for some timely outdoor accessorizing tips.
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Photo courtesy of One Kings Lane
Swap In Preppy Accents
One easy way to instantly punch up your outdoor space is to layer in bright pillows and accessories in big ways. Take inspiration from this preppy terrace, where a large teal umbrella and colorful pillow pairings add bold pops of color. It's a simple way to play up summer's sunny, laid-back vibes and extend them beyond the season.
If you want to take your color approach one step further, pull in a garden stool and an ottoman in the same preppy hues, playing off of the overall palette. The result is a vibrant outdoor space that’s suited for both casual lounging and cocktail hours alike.
Photo by David Land
Delineate a Dining Spot
Create a gathering spot that is an extension of your home by establishing a dining area outdoors—be it under a covered patio or tucked away in a corner in your backyard. There’s no better way to elevate your outdoor space than with an indoor-outdoor or alfresco entertaining spot, a perfect addition for these breezy end-of-summer nights.
A great way to demarcate this space is to lay down an outdoor rug. Whether in a subdued neutral tone or an intricate pattern, the rug will help ground and define the spot.
Photo courtesy of Mark Weinberg
Up Your Bar Game
A perfectly well-stocked bar is a must-have for entertaining indoors, so why wouldn’t you want an equally spirited beverage station outside? Consider an acrylic bar cart—sure to add a glam vibe—and stock it with dinner party essentials, such as plates, tumblers, and barware, so that everything is within easy reach. It will also keep you from having to dash back and forth between the kitchen, so you can relax and toast to those final summer nights.
Photo by Mel Barlow
Add Good Mood Lighting
Few accents create the enchanting atmosphere on a summer patio like the soft glow of outdoor lighting. String lights lend a magical and ethereal effect, while hurricanes and lanterns filled with candles can play up an alluring warmth. Just make sure to spread them across your space to disperse as much light as possible at various points.
Make It (Very) Cozy
A freestanding chiminea or fire pit not only adds warmth literally but aesthetically too. Place one in your outdoor space to instantly instill a homey, welcoming vibe. Add some surrounding seating to create the perfect gathering place for toasting marshmallows or snuggling up with family and friends. The best part? You can keep the hearth out well after summer for all your fall fêtes to come.