Kit Out Your Backyard for Outdoor Dining with These 15 Essentials
Is your backyard in desperate need of a summer makeover? We’ve got you covered. To fully embrace the start of garden party season, we’re shopping for items that prep our outdoor spaces for al fresco dining, from full table-and-chairs sets to chic hanging lights. A blend of affordable accents and occasional splurges, our 15 summery picks for outdoor dining will get your backyard dinner party-ready in no time.
The mood lighting:
Create the perfect ambiance as the sun goes down with a sting of chic café lights. Hang singular lines or crisscross them overhead for a canopy of stars.
Anthropologie Café String Lights, $98, anthropologie.com
The accent pillows:
This set of whimsical, palm-covered pillows will transport you to a tropical locale. Plus, they won’t fade if they get caught in the rain.
Furbish Palm Beach Pillow, $85, furbishstudio.com
The sun shield:
Cover the direct glare of the high-noon sun with a graphic-printed umbrella. What’s more, it’ll keep you dry if you’re surprised by a light drizzle.
Pottery Barn Round Market Umbrella, $130-$524, potterybarn.com
The essential summertime dining fixture. Throw on burgers, steaks, fish and veggies—truly anything. After all, what’s an outdoor dinner party without something charred?
Weber Blue Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, $400, crateandbarrel.com
The extra chairs:
You should always have some extra folding chairs on hand for dinner party overflow. Make sure they look as chic as the rest of your outdoor furniture by opting for brightly-painted styles in every color.
Fermob Folding Bistro Chair, $125, fermob.com
The pop of color:
Add a little something extra to your table with a colorful array of metal chairs. Mix and match hues for a rainbow of a dining set.
West Elm Soleil Metal Bistro Chair, $139, westelm.com
Not only will these paper lanterns look gorgeous during the day, but their glow at night is unbeatable. Pro-tip: If your outdoor space is full of trees, try hanging your lanterns from the branches.
BHLDN Garden Party Lanterns, $25, bhldn.com
The dining set:
If you’re willing to make an investment, go for this sleek, modern table that will quite literally be the centerpiece of your next get-together. Bonus: There’s a hole in the middle for an umbrella.
Williams Sonoma Garden Teak Dining Table, $2,795, williams-sonoma.com
Williams Sonoma Garden Teak Dining Side Chair, $550, williams-sonoma.com
Williams Sonoma Garden Teak Dining Armchair, $700, williams-sonoma.com
The lounge chair:
Sometimes you just want to hang out while you dine outdoors—or recover before grabbing seconds. Decorate your space with a handful of bright seaters that are a hybrid between couch and dining chair.
CB2 Ixtapa Blue Lounge Chair, $239, cb2.com
Just because you’re dining outside doesn’t mean you’re required to gather around a classic table-and-chairs set. Maybe you want to curl up on the couch as you enjoy some after-hours cocktails.
Horchow White Faux-Bamboo Outdoor Sofa, $1,396, horchow.com
The kids table:
Give the little ones the ultimate kids table with a fun, colorful set—it doesn’t have to be too big, since they’ll be running around all night anyway.
Land of Nod Mini Resonate Play Table and 2 Chairs, $169, landofnod.com
The side tables:
For loungers and cocktail parties alike, scatter a few lower-side tables around your garden or pool for more surface-area options.
Crate & Barrel Lattice Circle Large Side Table, $199, crateandbarrel.com
The outdoor bar:
Decorate your outdoor space just as you would indoors, adding some extra personality with a rug. Remember to choose an option that won’t get ruined from the rain or fade in the sun.
Neiman Marcus Maya Zebra Indoor/Outdoor Rug, $399, neimanmarcus.com