Patio Furniture and Décor for Stylish Parties

Patio Furniture and Décor for Stylish Parties

Outdoor living often goes beyond cooking burgers on the grill for dinner. Your outdoor living space can be transformed into the perfect setting for a great patio party for friends, family and neighbors. A stylish yet comfortable outdoor party needs great patio furniture, adequate lighting and a few special touches.

Country-Living-Fair-Oaks-5-piece-seating-setFurniture to fit the space

A set of casual outdoor furniture allows the party to move from indoors to outdoors seamlessly. When shopping for patio furniture, consider the space you’re trying to furnish. Much like an indoor living room, you don’t want to overcrowd it with chairs, tables and too many bulky items. Your guests need to be able to move easily between the chairs and other furniture, as well as mingle and move to and from eating areas.

There are a number of great casual outdoor seating sets, ranging in size from simple three-person seating sets to those that accommodate 10 or more guests. For a mid-sized patio, consider the Country Living Fair Oaks four-piece set that has two chairs, a two-seat couch and a matching coffee table. Add a stylish outdoor throw rug and the Essenza 70-ounce citronella candle to help keep away pesky mosquitoes when entertaining.

Bigger outdoor living areas can accommodate larger furniture pieces and seating for more guests. The La-Z-Boy outdoor collection includes several patio sets that will do nicely. A seven-piece Parisian-inspired set boasts built-in lighting in the rectangular dining table and includes six chairs — two swivel and four standard.

Lighting to set the mood

Palm-tree-lightPatio lighting should include more than a few citronella torches. Consider decorative lighting such as electric chandeliers and pedestal lanterns to highlight the entrance of the backyard’s main pathway. Throwing a tropical- or Hawaiian-themed party? How about a 7- or 10-foot lighted palm tree, perfect to help set the mood for an island-themed party? Other whimsical lighting ideas include solar garden stakes featuring Disney characters, butterflies, frogs and more.

Keep your outdoor party guests safe from stumbles by installing pathway lighting such as the Hadco small LED path lights or the Westinghouse premium solar landscaping lights, available in a set of 14. Pathway lights can be found in many different styles to fit any backyard décor theme.

Coverings to offer shade

Garden Oasis pergolaOffer a respite from bright sunshine during daytime parties with a backyard gazebo, canopy or pergola. There’s a wide selection of all weather, easy-to-set-up coverings — from hardtop gazebos to the Garden Oasis pergola with fabric top and LED-lit posts.

Gazebos range in size, with several featuring fabric sides that can be tied back for easy access — ideal when hosting a party. Always follow manufacturer instructions when setting up a new gazebo, canopy or pergola. Properly secure the structure to eliminate accidental tip-overs. Keep fire pits, candles and other open flames away from flowing gazebo fabric.


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