Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Areas – Saturday Spotlight

Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about freshening up your outdoor spaces as the weather gets nicer.  To inspire you, today I’m sharing some ideas for outdoor entertaining areas!  Soon, we’ll all be inviting guests over again so let’s be ready!

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Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Areas – Patio Seating:

If you want your guests to stick around, you’re going to need some seating in your outdoor entertaining area.  This gorgeous patio caught my eye on a garden tour a few years ago.  I love the way they provided seating for dining and lounging and enough umbrellas to keep everyone out of the hot sun.

Patio with umbrellas and outdoor dining chairs - ideas for outdoor entertaining areas

Beautiful Garden Tour with Ideas for Every Budget

Speaking of seating, don’t you just love this idea of hanging swings on a porch?  A couple years ago, I spotted this cute idea on a neighborhood tour.  Not only were the outside areas amazing, but the interior of this house was gorgeous!  Thankfully, they allowed cameras so I took a ton of photos!

Hanging porch swings and outdoor fireplace - outdoor living space ideas

Beautiful Homes on a Neighborhood Tour

If you’d like to try this look in your home, here are the swings!

And here is another house with tons ideas for outdoor entertaining areas…the Hampton Designer Showhouse!

Covered patio decorated with sectional and bright colors - ideas for outdoor entertaining areas

Exterior tour of the Hampton Designer Showhouse

Yes, I’ll wait a minute while you catch your breath.  Isn’t this covered porch just stunning?  If you want your guests to stay forever, this would be the place to be!

Obviously, my outdoor entertaining areas aren’t quite as elaborate!…

stone firepit and white adirondack chairs - ideas for outdoor entertaining areas

Simple Ideas for Outdoor Spaces

Even though my outdoor spaces are more simple, no one seems to complain.  In fact, our fire pit has become the hangout spot for kids as well as adults.  It’s the perfect spot to roast marshmallows or sip a glass of wine.

Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Areas – Lounging Spaces:

Since we’re still being careful to social distance ourselves, our lounge chair area is another great place to relax with friends…

Outdoor wicker chaise lounge chairs with cantilever umbrella - backyard staycation ideas

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Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Areas – A Place to Dine:

If you plan to entertain for Memorial Day this year, here is a festive patriotic table setting idea…

Red white and blue flag themed tablescape on the patio

Hopefully, some of these backyard entertaining ideas have inspired you!  Now let’s do some shopping…

Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Areas –  Shopping Finds:

Rather than lug all your indoor dishes out to the patio, treat yourself to some lightweight melamine dishes.  Practical and so cute!

Plus, I’m thinking this set would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo.  After all, it’s just around the corner!

If a built in firepit won’t work in your backyard, this firepit will give you a similar look.

Bring some indoor comfort to your outdoor areas with an indoor outdoor rug.

I’d love to add some of these lights to my patio or even under my umbrella!

If you have space on your lawn, challenge your friends to a game of classic croquet!

Now that I’ve put you in an outdoor entertaining mood, here are some more creative finds and outdoor decorating ideas that caught my eye this week:

Hopefully, some of these outdoor entertaining ideas inspired you today!

In case you missed last week’s Saturday Spotlight, visit –Decorating with Orchids – Saturday Spotlight.

*Also, be sure to see how I decorated my latest outdoor table!

Will you be entertaining outdoors this spring and summer?

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  1. Such fun ideas Shelley! Everytime I think I’ll go out and take the covers off the outdoor furniture though… it snows again! I am over that and I am so ready to do some entertaining again. Most everyone I know is fully vaccinated now so we are planning to make up for lost time. If only the weather would keep up with my plans! Have a great week.

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