In Minnesota, we cram as much outdoors into May through October as we possibly can. If you’re looking at your outdoor space and wondering how you can transform ho-hum to an entertaining oasis, we’ve gathered 6 must-haves to turn your outdoor entertaining spot up a notch, along with inspiration on how to make it happen.
Fire is your obvious first step, as nothing compares to setting the mood when your entertaining transitions from daytime to night. A fire provides the dual purpose of gorgeous ambiance and added heat (not to mention distraction from mosquitoes). If you don’t have the space or desire for a real fire pit, gas fire pits are easy to use and look great.
Napoleon Square Propane Fire Pit Table, $1,000
String lights are an essential to any pin-worthy outdoor space and add a relaxing vibe. Pay attention to light tone and pick what would be most complimentary to your décor. String them above or consider wrapping them around bushes and trees.
10 Light Spiral Filament String Lights with Black Wire™ – Smith & Hawken™, Sale $21
3. Pillows & Poufs
Adding some extra pops of color and pattern with pillows pulls everything together and poufs and outdoor bean bag chairs are comfy alternatives for kids.
Savannah Striped Outdoor Bean Bag Chair, $125
4. Multiple Seating Areas
Make your space more inviting by providing multiple ways to lounge for your guests. Be sure to include a space to dine comfortably, but then consider vignettes to sit and sip or kid friendly areas. This is easily done with two rocking chairs and side table or bistro sets.
Valalta Rocking Chair, Sale $359
Layer the lights, the fire and candles to light up the night and keep pesty mosquitoes at bay. These floor lanterns can be strategically placed to add light to dark places.
Garden Gate Steel Lantern, $75.
6. Mobile Drink Station
Consider this add convenience plus cool factor. Having a cart to house your drinks makes it easy to entertain and is a stylish addition to your patio.
Belham Living Trenton Bar Cart – Espresso, Sale $155