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6 Ways to Instantly Spruce Up Your Backyard for Entertaining (or for Selling Your House)

As the weather warms up, you may be itching to host your family and friends for an outdoor celebration. Entertaining in your backyard is an amazing opportunity to go all-out on beautiful decor to welcome your guests in style but it doesnt have to take a Herculean amount of effort. Here are six simple yet impactful ideas for backyard entertaining or maximizing your backyards appeal, should you selling your home  that work great for any outdoor space. Prepare to wow your guest list or potential buyers who come for an open house.

Get creative with your seating

Depending on how many people youre planning to host, you might not have enough dedicated outdoor seating. Dont let that put you off! You can create a beautifully casual and inviting atmosphere by mixing and matching the outdoor chairs, benches or couches you already have with chairs brought out from inside your home, as well as floor cushions and rugs. This will allow your guests to mingle in an informal setting. Alternatively, you could host a picnic-style meal with everyone sitting on cushions on the grass or patio around a long table or some crates lined up to create a rustic-chic tablescape.

Hang strings of lights

backyard ideas for entertaining

Nothing brings out the wonder in peoples eyes better than some dreamy string lights in the evening. You could acquire some high-design bulb string lights for a sophisticated touch and some soft lighting, but you definitely dont have to go shopping for this one. Why not put your holiday lights to good use? Simply wrapping fairy lights around trees creates a truly magical effect, for example.

Go floral

backyard ideas for entertaining

Flowers are always a good idea  whether youre planning an evening gathering or a daytime garden party. A simple bouquet centerpiece is a classic way to spruce up a dining table and you can never go wrong there. If youre looking to up the ante on your decor, there are so many ways to play with florals. Do you own a birdbath? Floating some flowers and tea lights in the water will instantly upgrade your whole set-up. You can also add a sprig of lavender or some edible flowers to your signature cocktail, or if you have potted plants and flowers elsewhere in your home, arrange them around your backyard for the day (or night).

Set out a bar cart

backyard ideas for entertaining

A bar cart makes an elegant feature, as well as a useful one. Bring your indoor cart out if you dont have a special one for outside, and make it part of your decor. Stock it up with drinks and essentials such as glasses, ice and swizzle sticks  so that you dont have to make unnecessary trips to the kitchen. Give it some extra oomph by decorating it with your most beautiful glassware, and flowers or plants, too.

Prepare a fire pit

backyard ideas for entertaining

For many of us, because fire pits can bring back memories of summer camp or long picnics on the beach, there is no lovelier way to create a nostalgic, mesmerizing ambience for your guests. If you already own a fire pit, lighting it up is a no-brainer, but if you dont you could always try a little DIY! Dont want to spend too long setting your backyard up for entertaining? Add some tea lights to your table instead, or use some candlelit lanterns its so simple, yet so beautiful.

Mix and match your tableware

backyard ideas for entertaining

Matching tableware can look really spectacular, but if youre hosting a more informal gathering, or setting the mood for a daytime open house, why not use all your favorite plates? Mixing and matching plates with different colors and patterns lends your event an informal feel, but also looks incredibly festive. If you have as many different plates as you have guests, you can also ask each person to choose their favorite one to eat on this will get everyone chatting and debating, and youll know the festivities have truly begun.

Spring and summer backyard entertaining is always a memorable time shared with loved ones, but you can make it feel extra special with just a few simple touches that will dazzle your guests or potential buyers, who could imagine themselves throwing memoable parties there, too.

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