4 Simple Entertaining Ideas to Try at Your Next Outdoor Gathering

‘Tis the season for outdoor gatherings, and — if you’re anything like us — you’re looking for new and easy ways to wow your family and friends. We’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered a handful of ideas that will help you set the stage for an outdoor celebration that even your Pinterest-perfect sister-in-law would be hard-pressed to beat!

Image via House Beautiful Magazine
Image via House Beautiful Magazine

1. Set the Stage; Fire Up the Conversation

People love to gather around a fire pit, especially one like this. We love how this homeowner created a dedicated area for the fire and seating — and how each seat’s been equipped with a stump that doubles as a side table, too. So, break out your fire pit and style things up a bit. If you’ve got space for an area like this in your backyard, we suggest you call a handyman to see what he might charge to build you a similar setup!

 

Image via Lucky Shops
Image via Lucky Shops

2. Toss On Some Simple — Yet Spectacular — Seating

Throw pillows are a cheap and easy way to create colorful, cozy guest seating areas. Toss pillows of various colors, patterns, shapes and sizes into groupings around your lawn or patio. Then, pull areas together with the addition of some side tables and funky candles or lanterns. You’ll be pleased to see how the arrangements bring people together!

 

Image via homedit
Image via homedit

3. Serve Up Some Surprises

Who knew using your wheelbarrow could actually be fun? We think this idea is positively brilliant; you can easily haul cold beverages and stylishly present them at the same time. Way cooler than a cooler, we think. Consider other ways you might mix style and function, too. We also like the idea of refinishing an old dresser with a bold outdoor paint and using it as a backyard buffet.

 

Image via French Wedding Style Blog
Image via French Wedding Style Blog

4. Delight With the Lighting

Lighting can make or break the ambiance of your evening soiree. To set the right mood, drape holiday strands or bistro lights around your patio or trees; light candles on tables and surface areas — or try something pretty and different like these delightful floral string lights. With jar lighting like this, you can even throw in a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil to fend off the bugs and make the yard smell nice, too!