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So You Want to Throw a Backyard Bash

10 design and dining essentials for exquisite outdoor entertaining



Before summer comes to a close, host a fabulous outdoor party for your neighbors and loved ones. Not sure how to create that perfect backyard atmosphere? Here are 10 design and dining essentials for exquisite outdoor entertaining.

1. A RELAXING SHADY SPACE

The ample sunshine in Colorado can be nice, but it can also call for a shady escape. Make sure your party guests can find refuge from the sun, if need be.

2. FIRE FEATURES

Once the sun sets, the Colorado climate becomes the perfect atmosphere for a summer-evening gathering by the fire—to roast s’mores or to simple kick back and relax.

3. SITE-SPECIFIC PLANTINGS

Well-chosen greenery can amplify the landscape and views, as well as help create certain moods for each section of the outdoor space.

4. MOOD LIGHTING

From overhead strings to shielded fixtures that illuminate pathways, it’s safe to say that outdoor lighting can set a significant ambiance. Low-voltage LED landscape lighting can accent art or trees, and votive candles can create an intimate dining experience.

5. QUALITY MATERIALS

An outdoor kitchen or dining space can be elevated by choosing materials that complement the house, such as stone, pavers, tile, etc.

6. EASY ACCESS TO FOOD & DRINKS

It’s essential that your outdoor space either is adjacent to the main interior kitchen, or even better: Your patio has an outdoor kitchen of its own. Another beloved feature of a backyard party is the addition of a beverage bin or outdoor refrigerator to keep drinks cool and close.

7. COMFORTABLE SEATING

The right outdoor furniture can make or break a good party. Your guests’ comfort and enjoyment is the top priority, so make sure there is sturdy and plush seating galore—think couches, chaises, chairs, bar stools, and benches.

8. GARDEN-INSPIRED DÉCOR

Incorporate items from your garden into the table settings. You can create centerpieces by potting herbs, dress up napkins with garden flowers, or use wood from a cut-down tree as a plate charger.

9. OUTDOOR SPEAKERS

What’s a party without music? Having outdoor speakers makes it easy as pie to entertain your guests and help them cut loose and relax.

10. COOK WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS

Whether they’re from your own garden or from your local grocery store, preparing food with fresh ingredients goes a long way. Fresh produce captures the tastes of summer and highlights the harvests of Colorado farms.

LeAnn Ostheimer is the Director of Design and Marketing for Lifescape, a Denver-based design, construction, and maintenance landscape architecture firm. You can reach one of Lifescape’s designers to help design your outdoor space at 303-831-8310.

Content for this article provided by Lifescape.

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