Outdoor Entertaining Ideas & Summer Party Planning

13 Party-Ready Outdoor Spaces

Turn a bland backyard, patio or deck into a stylish space for al fresco entertaining with our expert inspiration.

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Designer John Gidding turned a corner of this deck into a cozy cabana with seating for up to 10 people. A 12-foot-tall horizontal wood-slat divider allows breezes and sunlight to pass through while providing a sense of privacy. Topped with weather-resistant fabric pillows and cushions, the wrap-around bench is the perfect spot for guests to kick back with a cocktail while catching up.

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