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50 Tips for Planning the Ultimate Backyard Get-Together

Long sunny days and entertaining go hand in hand. After all, we might as well celebrate the extra hours of sunlight by kicking back with a few of our favorite people while enjoying a refreshing cocktail and tasty nibbles. Take your spring, summer or fall soirée from just fun to fun-tastic with our best backyard party ideas.

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Photo: David Tsay. From: HGTV Magazine.

Party on the Patio

Spring, summer and fall, sunny days signal it's time to take entertaining outdoors. Whether you prefer to keep your get-togethers casual or opt for sophisticated soirées, there's no denying that sips and snacks enjoyed outdoors always taste best. Read on for our best tips for throwing an alfresco fête that both you and your guests will enjoy. And, learn more about this budget backyard, featured in HGTV Magazine, below.

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Or, Dine on the Deck

If you're lucky enough to have a deck — especially one as big as this one — you're halfway to party paradise. Just a few additions will get it ready for guests: add an outdoor rug for color underfoot, a seating area so friends can comfortably gather and a table for dining. Privacy is also key; block nosy neighbors with a row of planters or a solid wall flanking that side of the deck. Get more tips for adding backyard privacy, below.

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Ensure Your Party Is Made in the Shade

Turn an over-exposed patio or deck into a shady hangout with a billowing shade sail. Our step-by-step instructions, below, show you how to set up the supports sturdily and customize the shade to better fit your outdoor decor.

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Photo: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith. From: H. Camille Smith.

Provide Self-Service Adult Sips

Let guests help themselves to a boozy bevvie with an outdoor bar cart and tubs filled with ice and bottled brews. If young kids will be present, stock it with only non-alcoholic beverages so they don't accidentally grab a tipsy sip and keep the booze behind the bar.

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