Good lighting becomes a necessity once the sun sets. However, the harsh light from your back door or flood light fixture can instantly kill the mood at your party or gathering. Lighting can be effective without being irritating. Outdoor floor lamps with soft colored, low-wattage bulbs cast a warm, inviting glow that won’t make your guests uncomfortable. You may also opt for the pleasant flicker of Tiki torches…or even a fire pit! The light from these sources works well with strong lights, sconces, or other temporary lighting sources. If your torches use oil as a fuel source, you can load them with oil, which gives off a subtle fragrance that keeps mosquitos away.
4. Give your guests something to gather around
All successful outdoor parties provide people with a place to gather, and that’s what your yard should become too. A fire pit is one element that provides a convenient gathering place and will also be comforting on colder spring/summer nights. In addition to being a source of heat and light, you can use your fire pit to toast some marshmallows for s’mores! A grill, on the other hand, allows you to barbecue some more substantial food, and it’s also a focal point where everyone will gather to get their food. On warmer summer nights when people might want to spread out rather than crowding in a circle, benches on your deck/patio serve as comfortable seating that keeps people together but gives them space to breathe.
Privacy fences, lighting, seating, and other backyard design improvements all allow you to create a stylish, enticing atmosphere that has both form and function. There’s an infinite number of ways to customize your yard for your preferred style of entertaining. Once you’ve revamped your backyard, you can start showing off your new hangout spot by throwing the coolest (or warmest!) party on the block.