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13 Patio and Deck Ideas for Dining and Entertaining

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Warm days and breezy evenings are great times for relaxing with family and friends. Here are thirteen ideas to create an inviting space for grilling, dining and entertaining alfresco.

A Paver Walkway Leading to a Furnished Paver Patio.

Invite guests into your outdoor space with a paver walkway. Creating a paver path is a simple DIY project. You can find pavers in styles and sizes to fit your tastes and outdoor decor. Finish with a border of plants to add an inviting touch.

 

You Have Arrived

A Patio and Two Furnished Decks with Chaise Lounges, Chairs, Tables and a Love Seat.

Create a memorable destination. Build a patio or deck and be ready to welcome guests. Chairs, conversation sets and tables create an area for chatting while chaise lounges are great for soaking in the sun or relaxing under the stars.

 

Cool and Comfortable

A Red Patio Umbrella Shading Outdoor Furniture on a Paver Patio.

Add patio umbrellas to shade guests from the sun's excesses. Coordinate them with your furniture and cushions or use them to add bold splashes of color. Finish with colorful outdoor pillows. Guests will appreciate the comfort and look.

 

A Place to Set (Things)

Two Tables Made From Planters and Tabletops Surrounded by Patio Furniture.

Relaxation doesn't end with comfortable furniture. Planters with painted table tops give your guests a place to set down drinks or snack plates. They also make eye-catching additions to your outdoor decor and provide hidden storage.

 

Table Talk

A Patio Bar Set of Chairs and a Table with a Red Patio Umbrella.

Whether you want to relax around cool drinks or serve a meal, a bar set or bistro set with an umbrella gives your deck or patio the air of an outdoor cafe. Need more seating? Dining sets are available to fit your space.

 

Get Cooking

A Gas Grill and an Electric Smoker.

Grilling doesn't just mean burgers or steaks. Cook like a 5-star chef all season long with the latest innovations in grills and the accessories to do it right. Don't stop there — bring home a smoker to add big flavor to your meal.

 

Self-Serve

A Folding Patio Table with Condiments and Tableware and a Beverage Cooler with Iced Drinks, Tea, Glasses and Straws.

A folding patio table is an excellent station for condiments, tableware and snacks. When the meal is done, fold and store it out of the way. Coolers designed for entertaining keep beverages icy, your ice handy and don't detract from the decor.

 

A Touch of Architecture

A Gazebo on a Composite Deck with Patio Chairs, a Couch and an Outdoor Rug.

To shelter a large conversation or dining area, add a gazebo. These structures provide a feeling of closeness to guests while letting breezes in. Create or add coffee tables and end tables to make the outdoors feel like home.

 

Don't Bench It

A Bench Painted to Match Deck Furnishings.

A basic bench might feel out of place amid plush conversation sets and chairs, but if you coordinate with your other decor — or even repaint it — and repurpose it as a coffee table, it fits right in.

 

Plant Entrance

Hanging Plants, Container Plants and Container Flowers.

Bring color outdoors with easy-to-coordinate plants and planters. A vertical garden adds refreshing privacy. Succulents and cacti offset by stones add a modern touch, while container plants and flowers brighten any space.

 

Layer the Looks

Layered Outdoor Rugs on a Deck.

Indoor/Outdoor rugs make a deck or patio feel like home and add nice touches of color and texture. Double the appeal by layering them. Set the top rug at an angle to break up the lines of a deck or patio for a comfortable, casual look.

 

Don't Fear the Dark

Conversation Area on a Composite Deck with Outdoor Lighting and Lanterns.

When the sun goes down, bring the lights up and carry friendly conversation on into the evening.  Deck lights, decorative lanterns, string lights and outdoor table lamps combine for a soft glow that adds warm ambience to your gathering.

 

Light the Way Home

Path Light Along a Stepping Stone Walkway.

All good things come to an end, but as night falls, you can send your guests safely on their way along a well-lit walkway. Path lights complete the evening by guiding guests home and giving your landscaping a soft, beautiful glow.