Outdoor Entertaining with Style

Outdoor entertaining is always synonymous with casual get-togethers, but that doesn’t mean it’s without great style. And you’ll want to make your guests feel as special when you entertain them outdoors as you do when the party is inside your home.

If you’re looking for patio style ideas, the first place to start is with outdoor furniture sets. You have many choices, including coordinated seating and dining pieces, so you’ll find it easy to create a cohesive design with personality plus. Or, mix and match from a variety of collections.

Ty-Pennington-Mayfield-sectionalFurniture with flair

The Mayfield Collection is a look that easily transitions your home’s style from indoors to outdoor living. It includes both dining and seating pieces that give wicker an updated, more contemporary look. And because the wicker is actually a woven resin, it’s not susceptible to the weather. Enjoy cocktails with your guests seated on the collection’s four-piece wicker sectional, shown above, or four-piece deep seating set that includes a sofa, two chairs and a coffee table. When you’re ready to serve dinner, the Mayfield dining table seats six and has a tempered-glass top for sturdy support.

If your style is more contemporary, the Thomas four-piece casual seating set and matching seven-piece dining set from Grand Resort is chic and sophisticated. Use an outdoor rug to define the sitting area. Then, group the loveseat and chairs, with washable polyester cushions, around a focal point, such as an outdoor fireplace. The large 64-inch x 38-inch dining table will accommodate all of your outdoor dining needs. The dining chairs feature a textured sling fabric that’s easy to wipe clean. Made of cast aluminum, the furniture is sturdy but light enough to move around, so you can arrange it for large or small gatherings.

Ty-Pennington-Crosby-flip-top-barParty time

An outdoor bar is often included in the best outdoor patio designs. It’s the perfect place to serve cocktails while everyone mingles before dinner. The traditionally styled Dylan outdoor party bar, in espresso with a marble top, looks elegant and makes entertaining easy. Made by La-Z-Boy, the bar has two cabinets, one sliding drawer and nine bottle slots that keep glassware and bottles handy, so there’s no need to run in and out of the house. You can buy the bar separately or with the rest of the Dylan outdoor furniture collection that includes dining and seating pieces.

If your design style leans Modern, the Ty Pennington five-piece flip-top bar is for you. Made of resin wicker over a heavy steel frame with a weather-resistant finish, the bar has adjustable shelving and enough space for a small refrigerator. The hinged bar top can double for a dining surface, shown above. You can easily flip down the top and move the bar against the wall when you need more room. The set also includes four hand-woven all-weather wicker bar stools.


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