Outdoor entertainment is something that is fun and casual when the weather permits, and it can be made even better when the ambiance is set, and the outdoor entertainment area is stocked with the best backyard must haves. These are the best ways to create the perfect backyard oasis.
As summer time approaches, I want to get my backyard oasis ready for outdoor dinner parties and for the best backyard entertainment! There are certain keys to successful, entertaining backyards that can really take things to a new level, especially with these outdoor entertaining ideas in your outdoor space! In this article we will go over the best outdoor entertainment ideas and outdoor entertaining essentials for the perfect backyard entertainment area.
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If you are asking yourself “how can I turn my backyard in to an oasis?” or if you are wondering how to create your backyard oasis without breaking your budget, this article will provide you will some ways to do it.
One of my goals this summer is to make my backyard entertaining area amazing, and I am planning on using Sunnydazedecor.com to help me do that with the outdoor entertaining space that I have. Check them out, they have all of the must-haves for outdoor entertaining! They have great customer satisfaction and a variety of ways to spruce up your outdoor living.
What makes a good backyard oasis perfect for outdoor entertaining?
Ambiance, ambiance, ambiance! In this article we will discuss:
- How to choose the best outdoor furniture
- Outdoor firepits
- Outdoor cooking equipment (grills, ovens, etc.)
- The Perfect Outdoor menu
How to choose the best outdoor furniture
Outdoor dining sets for entertaining outdoors
Choosing the best outdoor furniture depends on what kind of space you have. A comfortable table and chairs are key to be able to host a good dinner part. Here is a 7 piece dining set from Sunnydaze Decor. This has a large table surface and would be great for a larger party.
If you space does not allow for a large table, consider this smaller outdoor dining set. It is more of a café style table.
Comfortable outdoor furniture and conversation sets for your backyard oasis
If you are looking for a more comfortable conversation set for outdoor seating, instead of a dining set (or you could be looking for both), having a nice outdoor sitting area is perfect for long conversations around the fire. Cozy up for a lazy day of hanging out with friends with this awesome Outdoor Conversation Set. You really do want to maximize and have plenty of seating. As we approach warmer weather, this is perfect for a Summer evening of hanging out.
This outdoor set would go perfect with an outdoor relaxing chair like this Hanging Egg Chair. If you are looking for a great outdoor relaxation spot with comfortable cushions, this would be it! Perfect for reading and lounging in your backyard oasis! Since we are looking at egg chairs and comfortable outdoor furniture, did you know that there is also an Egg Chair Loveseat for 2 people?? How awesome is that?!
If you need outdoor furniture that is more portable, you can consider a comfortable outdoor folding chair, like this mesh chair. I love these chairs and highly recommend them! They are comfortable, portable and they look great as well as being budget friendly! We love pulling this around the fire and hanging out.
Don’t forget the string lights! They are a must have for a lazy summer night! If you want to know how to make your outdoor space feel more cozy and inviting, lighting is key!
There are many different kinds of fire pits, stoves and chimneys that can be used outdoors, as a type of centerpiece, and for outdoor relaxation. In this section, I will briefly cover outdoor wood burning fire pits, outdoor chiminea fire pits, as well as outdoor gas fire pits.
Outdoor wood burning fire pits
After having several different kinds of fire pits, this is the one I prefer. I love how easy they are to use, and we have the space to use it. We have a cement patio in our backyard and it’s so relaxing to cozy up around our wood burning fire, cook hotdogs and smores and hang out for hours on the weekend. It makes for easy cleanup and safe burning. The 36 fire pit is just the right size, however you need to have access to wood for burning.
Wood Burning Fire Pit Pros
The pros of having a wood burning fire pit are many. I love being able to warm up easily around the fire pit and we love using poker sticks to cook hotdogs and smores around the fire. It also is easy to clean up, durable, and it’s also compatible with a patio.
Wood Burning Fire Pit Cons
Since it is a wood burning fire pit, you do either need to have access to your own pile of wood for burning, or else buy wood at the store. This can get expensive. Also, depending on the area of the country, you may not be able to have wood burning fires at all.
Another negative of a fire pit, is smoke. If it is windy you may smell strongly of smoke from being by the fire and people with breathing issues may suffer from inhaling the smoke.
Wood burning chimineas
As opposed to having trouble with smoke from an open fire pit like we saw above, wood burning stoves and chimineas funnel the smoke up and out the top, which really helps with the smoke smell and smoke inhalation.
Check out these awesome steel chimineas from Sunnydazedecor.com.
A terracotta chiminea has a charming quaintness about it and this is the perfect small outdoor chiminea to add ambiance. If you are looking to add more charm to your outdoor entertainment area, consider a terracotta chiminea, also known as a clay chiminea.
I want to showcase 2 different kinds of clay chimineas. If you are looking for a wood burning clay chiminea, check out this terrcotta chiminea. Complete with a sun face, it adds the perfect southwest flare to any backyard entertainment area.
If you don’t want a wood burning clay chiminea, there is an option for a charcoal burning terracotta chiminea as well! It is more of a small clay chiminea, but it is quaint and very welcoming!
Outdoor gas firepits for the best outdoor entertainment area
If wood burning and charcoal burning is not an option, then here we will look at gas firepits. Propane gas pits are so easy to use and are perfect for entertaining outdoors, especially if wood burning is not an option! I want to highlight 2 different gas firepit options, a large gas fire pit and also a smaller gas fire pit table. These really make for the coolest backyard!
The large gas fire pit would be great if space allows and if you want the fire pit to be the center of the entertainment area. On the other hand, the smaller gas fire pit table (25 inches) is great for a smaller deck and patio area.
Outdoor Cooking Equipment for Entertaining Outdoors
Most outdoor dinner parties start with some sort of grill or oven, but for the sake of brevity, and the fact that most people already have a standard propane or charcoal grill, I am only going to be covering outdoor cooking equipment that is not standard or commonplace.
Outdoor Pizza Ovens
When it comes to outdoor pizza ovens, I personally would rather have a lower maintenance pizza oven or even a mobile pizza oven. When it comes patio dinner parties and Italian pizza ovens, there is one company that stands above all others. I highly recommend Ooni pizza ovens.
They have HIGH ratings as one of thee top Italian pizza oven companies and there are great options to choose from when buying a pizza oven. One thing I love about them, is you can actually get portable pizza ovens, and multiple different options of wood pellet fueled pizza ovens, gas powered pizza ovens and multi-fueled pizza ovens.
Not only do they have great options, but Ooni’s outdoor pizza oven kits are reasonable as well! Check out their pizza oven buyers guide!
If you are thinking more of an outdoor wood fired pizza oven made of bricks, then read on. If this is what you are looking for, I will tell you right now that this is expensive if you get it professionally built and installed. HOWEVER, There is another option… outdoor pizza oven kits! This is if you want to do the DIY rout. Check out this pizza oven kit!
Outdoor flat top griddles and grills
If a pizza oven isn’t your thing, then may a flat top grill is. We love using a flat top grill, it makes for great burgers, stir fries, fajitas, and all sorts of fun creations! The number one selling flat top grill by far is the Blackstone 28 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle. Blackstone is #1 in flat top grills and you can’t go wrong with the best gas griddle!
Don’t forget the flat top grill accessories!
The Perfect Outdoor Menu for your outdoor party
Obviously, the perfect outdoor menu that feeds a crowd would include any food that is grilled, and anything that can last in the heat. I have included below some of my favorite recipes, some of them are mine and some from other bloggers as well. Check them out and have a great time entertaining outdoors and making your perfect backyard oasis!