13 Simple Ways to Get Your Patio Party-Ready

Natasha Ero | 03 Jul 2023 | Seasonal Trends

The temperature's warming up, which means it's time to grab a drink and head to the patio. Before throwing the next outdoor party of the season, here are 13 simple ways to make your deck, backyard, or patio more inviting!

Outdoor Party Tips

1. Power Wash the Deck

The first step in creating the perfect outdoor party is having a clean space. Get your deck clean and mildew-free by power washing it. On wood decks, always wash in the same direction as the grain with cold water to prevent tearing in the wood fibers.

man power washing deck to prepare for outdoor party

2. Plant a Citrus Tree

Give your patio a Mediterranean feel with an easy-to-care-for citrus tree. It'll add some color to your space and give you citrus for cocktails within arm's reach!

outdoor party idea: plant a citrus tree

3. Keep Mosquitoes Away with Lemongrass

The last thing we want is pesky mosquitoes ruining our outdoor party. Tall sculptural lemongrass looks gorgeous in pots flanking a door and contains citronella, so it's a natural mosquito repellant!

outdoor party idea: add lemongrass to your backyard

4. Keep Sun at Bay with Outdoor Shades

Keep guests cool and comfortable with outdoor shades that block the sun, but still allow the breeze to flow through. They’re also the perfect solution when you want to add privacy, but aren’t ready to take the party inside.

Blinds.com carries heavy-duty outdoor shades that hold up to the elements and are available with convenient features like a motorized lift.

outdoor party dining area with Blinds.com motorized outdoor shades

Pictured: Heavy Duty Outdoor Solar Shade in Capri 8%. Photo via: @lgqueenhomedecor.

5. Clean Patio Furniture

Make sure your chaise lounges aren’t covered in grime from last year. Wrought iron, aluminum, and plastic furniture can be cleaned with a soft brush, dish soap, and water. For teak and wicker, use oil-based soap instead.

outdoor party furniture

6. Hang Some String Lights

Make your backyard dreamy and inviting with a few strands of outdoor lights hung overhead.

outdoor party idea: string lights to create a party atmosphere

7. Create an Outdoor Bar

Use furniture you already have (or make this great cart!) to create an easy-access drink station right on the patio.

outdoor party idea: create an outdoor bar

Photo via The House of Wood.

8. Keep Guests Entertained with Yard Games

To liven up your outdoor party, all you need is some inexpensive lumber and paint to make giant outdoor versions of your favorite games like JengaScrabbleYahtzee, and dominoes. Your friends will never want to stop playing!

woman playing game in yard during an outdoor party

Photo and tutorials via Lemon Thistle.

9. Freshen up the Flowerbeds

Grab a few flats of flowers from Home Depot and give your flowerbeds a makeover!

outdoor party idea: man planting flowers

10. Make Flower Pot Centerpieces

If you have flowers left over, create simple centerpieces with a few blooms in terra cotta pots. Some sculptural succulents in a decorative bowl are another easy variation that will bring some color to your outdoor party decor.

outdoor party idea: add several succulents

11. Add Color with Outdoor Pillows

Can't afford new patio furniture or cushions? Liven up the look by throwing on some colorful outdoor pillows.

colorful outdoor pillows for an outdoor party

12. Add Extra Seating

Give guests plenty of places to sit and mingle with poufs, ceramic garden stools, or even tree stumps.

patio with outdoor furniture during an outdoor party

Photo via Oracle Fox.

13. Light a Fire

Whether you’ve got a freestanding fire pit or made your own, the warm glow never fails to bring people together.

outdoor party idea: add a firepit in the backyard

Have it Made in the Shade!

Want a cool and comfortable patio? Order patio sun shades now to get them in time for summer!

Need help ordering? Speak with one of our expert Blinds.com Design Consultants at 800-505-1905, live chat or email.

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  • About Author

    Natasha Ero is a Social Media Marketer for Blinds.com. She is a native Houstonian and proud graduate of the University of Houston and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In her free time, she enjoys trying out the latest workout classes and the newest restaurants in town. Follow her on Twitter + Instagram at @nicetrynatasha.