The desire for outdoor entertaining has never been stronger. An abundance of fun and beautiful outdoor furniture and accessories will make it easy.
There are more items than ever to make backyard entertaining easy. Check out serving trays with stands and cocktail tables with coolers built in. For music, all you need is your smart phone and a Bluetooth wireless solar-charged outdoor speaker with built-in illumination for your pool or deck. And what could be more fun for your backyard than a pagoda? Resembling a sultan’s oasis, benches slide out for seating or slide in to create a bed perfect for sleepovers or an afternoon nap. Curtains tie back for sun or close up for privacy. This brings outdoor entertaining to a whole new level!
For many of us, being outdoors is all about the barbecue. Round out your outdoor kitchen with living room-type chairs, sofas and sectionals paired with dining height tables. Pull-up ottomans provide bench seating and storage. More premium seating can be special ordered than ever before, including in Greenery, 2017’s Pantone color of the year.
Fire pits abound this year, including cocktail tables with a fire pit built in and matching chairs. Purchase just the fire pit or the whole set. Or choose a massive dining table with a fire pit centerpiece.
Eclectic design has seeped outdoors too. You no longer need to buy a whole set unless you want to. Tables and chairs can be mixed and matched to create your own look. Need extra chairs? No problem.
The wide variety of materials – rattan, cast aluminum, poly resins – add to the mix/match look. Teak is always a popular choice in New England, along with blue stripes and a nautical look. Other fabrics can be special ordered to create your own vibe, from tropical to woodsy.Don’t leave out the family pet. A durable dog bowl set made of poly resin means Fido can dine al fresco too.