Four Essential Features for Your Outdoor Entertaining Area

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Four Essential Features for Your Outdoor Entertaining Area


The warm weather is here and that means outdoor entertaining! Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or an all-out summer bash, having the right features in your outdoor entertaining area is key to success. We’ve put together a list of five must-haves to ensure that your outdoor space is up to par. Let’s dive in! 

Comfortable Seating 

This one is a no-brainer. You can have the best food and drinks, but if people don’t have somewhere comfortable to sit, it won’t matter. From lounge chairs and chaise lounges to benches and sofas, there are plenty of options for seating that will fit any outdoor space. Just make sure that you provide enough seating for everyone! 


Ambient lighting helps create a relaxing atmosphere at any outdoor event. String lights are always popular because they come in a variety of styles, are easy to install, and look great when hung around trees or along fences. Candles are another excellent option as they provide a subtle glow without taking up too much space. And if you want something more modern, solar powered lights are becoming increasingly popular as well. 

Coastal Patios can provide guidance on how to plan for lighting in your build as well as contacts for reliable tradespeople.         

Dining Area 

A designated dining area is essential for larger gatherings. If you have the room, consider setting up picnic tables or bistro sets where guests can enjoy their meals outdoors. If space is tight, try setting up an outdoor bar with tall stools where guests can eat standing up or perched on the edge of their seat. And be sure to include plenty of plates and utensils so guests can enjoy their meal without having to worry about washing dishes later!       

Grill or Firepit 

What would an outdoor gathering be without some grilled food? A gas or charcoal grill will do just fine if you’re only planning on cooking for a few people at a time; however, if you plan on hosting large crowds then you might want to invest in an electric smoker or fire pit so everyone has access to tasty food all night long! 

Having the right features in your outdoor entertaining area is essential for throwing a successful party this summer season. Comfortable seating, ambient lighting, designated dining areas and a grill or firepit provide the perfect party setting! With these must-haves taken care of before your first guest arrives, you’ll be ready to throw an unforgettable party that everyone will be talking about until next summer rolls around.