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Outdoor Entertaining Tips

No matter the season, outdoor gatherings are a guest favorite. Whether you have a large back yard or a small patio, share a satisfying meal under the stars or relax around the fire with our top picks and ideas for entertaining in the great outdoors.

Start with Seating

To get the most out of your space, select your large outdoor furniture first, then fill in with other items. If you have regular cookouts or outdoor dinner parties, a patio dining set is a top choice. For a more versatile space, consider a conversation set or fire pit chat set with cushions and some side tables where guests can place food and drinks. Add an outdoor bar and bar stools for extra seating and dining space for larger groups.

Find Finishing Touches

Think about how you're going to use your outdoor space most often. For basic gatherings, a bar cart adds more surface space and helps keep beverages centrally located alongside a cooler to store ice and drinks. Keep cold food at the proper temperature with outdoor serving trays complete with a section to hold ice, and be sure to have non-breakable dinnerware, drinkware, and flatware for dining. Brighten up your gathering with hanging lighting, lanterns, and tiki torches, or throw a movie night with an inflatable theater screen and outdoor speakers.

At Hayneedle, you'll find everything you need to get your outdoor space ready for entertaining a few friends or the whole crew. Discover our wide variety of items to create your own welcoming back yard oasis.

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