This summer, everyone is on a mission to have the best patio when hosting a party. Convenience, style and comfort are all main determining factors. Big or small, we have a list of small ticket items that will have your backyard updated in no time. Based on this Forbes Finds article, 7 Style Must-Haves To Spruce Up Your Patio This Summer, we explain why you should buy these items and the best way to maximize their use.
- A Proper Grill
The first thing on our list is to ensure you have a functioning grill that isn’t going to take up too much space. Forbes recommends the KitchenAid 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill as it can fit on an apartment terrace, or you can use it as a stylish accessory for your deck.
Featuring fold down shelves, the 457-square-inch grilling area is perfecting for cooking multiple food at once. When hosting a patio party, everyone likes their food fresh so this is the perfect way to serve just the right amount of hot food at just the right time.
- Realist Chairs
When I say realistic, I mean to choose chairs that are realistic for the setting. If you have a small space, don’t purchase wide chairs. Forbes recommends the stylish Shape-shifting Ollie Chair due to the brilliant design. It is flexible, durable, and easily folds away for storage.
I personally favour a classic whicker chair and comfy pillows. You can purchase these at all sizes, and you can change the style of your pillows to switch up the look at anytime or season. You also want to ensure comfort so your guests can enjoy the sun, drinks and food whichever way they want.
- End Table
This one seems pretty obvious, but you can never have enough end tables! Forbes recommends this Telescope Casual 19.5 “ Square End Table due to the sleek simplicity. Made of no-rust stainless steel and coated with a polymer that won’t crack, it is the perfect buy for style and longevity.
Whether you choose one, or decide to buy a few, they come in an assortment of colours and are just the right size to put pretty much anywhere. When hosting a party, especially outside, you want to have ample space for guests to place their drinks down if they wish.
- Solar Lights
For the patio events that last into the evening, you will need to set up your lighting accordingly. Place lights in dark corners, scatter candles across some tables and hang string lights across your deck, fence, terrace or anything else that may provide an ideal spot!
Forbes recommends the Smart Living Crystal Ball Solar String Light. Requiring no wiring, these bulbs can last up to six hours when fully charged. Not only are you saving on electricity, but you will be helping the environment too. Check out this article to learn more eco-friendly party tips.
- New Plants
Most people are already on that, but if you’re not a garden person, there is a way to put at least one live plant to decorate your patio. Bamboo, aloe and succulents are a few examples of an easy plant to start with. Check out this article for other houseplant suggestions for beginners.
Forbes suggests the rustic weathered oak wood barrel as a great place to plant it. This barrel is also earth-friendly and is recycled from a used oak barrel. Put it in a weatherproof container, and just make sure to water it and you will liven your space up in no time.
Of course we all need a cooler, but when hosting an event outside you need to pick a strategic option! Try a stationary wooden cooler if you have the space, and you can create even more options for cold drinks. Forbes suggests the Leisure Season 54 QT Cooler due to the durability of this ice chest.
Made of stainless steel, it also unplugs to release melted ice so it’s not such a task once the party is over. Don’t forget to buy enough coolers and pack it with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. These 6 pre-made drinks perfect for summer is a perfect list to start with!
Depending on the patio party you are throwing, you are going to need reliable speakers. Last thing you need is to realize your current speaker isn’t loud enough for the guests at your party. Forbes recommends the Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker.
It is water-resistant, less than 6 inches tall and brings out loud, quality sound. Since you can play your music for up to 12 hours, you won’t have to worry about it all night long. It also isn’t too big, so you can easily store it in a spot that won’t be in everyone’s way.
Whether you upgrade with all these items, or only a few, you are still on the right track to hosting a great party. Take your patio event up a notch some more by contacting Bartendo to rent a mobile bar, hire a bartender, server or inquire about any other event staffing services.