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20 Tips for Designing a Party-Perfect Backyard

April 15, 2019

Create a backyard that's ready to party at a moment's notice. From fab furniture to lighting to incorporating a sense of fun, these 20 tips will help you create a backyard that'll be everyone's favorite hang-out spot.

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Bring the Indoors Out

Interior comfort surrounded by the great outdoors is the ideal setting for a kickin' soiree. Enjoy a meal alfresco with all the luxury of being inside — beautiful artwork, a spacious, wood dining table surrounded by deep, bright yellow chairs and a cushy feel underfoot, thanks to a soft blue area rug.

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Photo: LGB Interiors. From: LGB Interiors.

Illuminate the Night

Take your entertainment from day to night by stringing lights all around your backyard. They transform a shadowy landscape into an enchanted scene and guarantee that guests feel welcome long after the sun has set.

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Photo: Flynnside Out Productions

Create a Kids-Only Space

Give kids a place to escape from the boring grown-ups. Pull together pint-sized furnishings, like little Adirondack chairs, play tents and low wicker stools that double as tabletops. Have a collection of fun outdoor toys and games on hand so they can explore nature and play together while the adults eat and chat.

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Photo: Joslyn Amato. From: Landwell Design + Build Co. .

Cozy Up to the Fire Pit

No matter the season, a fire pit is always a welcome addition. Built-in gabion benches surround the offset decomposed granite firepit for a party-ready space. A concrete slab walkway with black Mexican pebble joints adds a striking contrast to the calming, low-maintenance landscaping.

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