How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Outdoor Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party is a great way to get friends and family together to create new memories together. It’s also a great excuse to buy some new patio furniture! Every good host wants their space to feel warm and inviting so their guests feel comfortable and welcome. Having optimal seating and the perfect ambiance is key, but is there anything else you should do to plan the perfect outdoor dinner party? We have some tips.


Lighting is one of those details that’s often overlooked, but good lighting can make a big difference. Not only will proper lighting help your guests have a better experience, but it can also show off your landscape and home architecture. Stringing some accent lights across the yards adds extra warmth. For larger parties, you may need to rent a couple of spotlights for a more lively feel.

Plush Seating

Of course, you’ll want a large plush sectional or sofa as your anchor seating option, but don’t feel like every person has to have a seat at any given moment. Use plush cushions and pillows for extra floor seating for younger guests. Or arrange comfortable cushions around a fire pit in the grass for a casual area for conversing.

Serving Stations

Throughout your outdoor space, it’s a good idea to have serving stations where guests can help themselves to a drink or snack. Keeping utensils, cups, and napkins out in the open will allow the hosts more time for mingling. Depending on the size of your party, a few small tables or one large table is ideal for a serving area.

Game Area

Every great outdoor dinner party has a game or two, especially if kids are invited. Games like cornhole, darts, Jenga, and even card games are a great way to break the ice and get the laughs going. Designate an area for games by setting out some games ahead of time. Make sure seating is comfortable and there are tables for setting drinks and snacks.

Dining Table

dining table is an obvious choice for a dinner party, and it’s a great option for a formal gathering. Formal place settings should be used for more formal parties. If you want to keep it casual, consider having everyone serve themselves and find a seat wherever they’re comfortable. Some may want to sit out by the fire pit or by even the pool.

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