Celebrate Summer and entertain outdoors. Today, I am excited to share some fun backyard patio party ideas from the home of Leslie and Todd Willett. Their resort worthy retreat is complete with a dining area, comfortable outdoor seating space, and a brick fireplace. I hope you will be as inspired as I am by their stylish patio for al fresco entertaining. So, let’s get this party started with Leslie’s Summer party essentials and tips for outdoor entertaining.

Backyard Patio Party Ideas

Backyard Patio Party Ideas

A fun party starts with a well thought out spot. Their custom patio design is breathtaking. When Todd and Leslie designed their patio, they divided their space into separate areas. They have a beautiful spot with a large table for dining, and a separate area with comfortable seating for guests to mix and mingle by the fire. There is also plenty of room for the drink station and a comfy bench for relaxing.

Backyard Patio Design

Outdoor Brick Fireplace and Patio Design

Backyard Patio Party Ideas

Backyard Porch Swing

Leslie’s Summer Party Essentials:

Hydrangeas fresh from the garden make a perfect arrangement for outdoor entertaining. For a simple hydrangea arrangement, wrap some vibrant green leaves {hiding the stems} around the vase. Then pop in some fresh blooms. I love this idea!

simple hydrangea arrangement

Be sure to have comfortable seating with lots of throw pillows. “We recently added monogrammed pillows from Frontgate for a finishing touch” says Leslie.

Frontgate monogrammed outdoor pillows

Outdoor seating and pillows

Backyard Patio Ideas

Leslie’s beverage station is adorable with whimsical metal flowers that give the party a fun and festive feel.

Outdoor Drink Station

Backyard Patio Ideas

When the party goes from day to evening, be sure to have festive lighting and candles. Plenty of hurricane lanterns are scattered around the outdoor space to provide extra lighting and atmosphere. Whether you’re throwing a backyard bash or an intimate dinner party, twinkling white string lights are sure to leave a memorable impression.

outdoor white string lights

White String Lights

Outdoor String Lights | Dining Al Fresco

For the dinner party, add a fresh pop of color to your guests’ plates with flowers from your garden. The pink hydrangeas in small glass containers look so pretty.

outdoor table setting ideas

More photos of the patio and gardens including the most serene stone fountain.

Backyard Stone Fountain

Backyard Garden Design

Backyard Patio Design

Beautiful Backyard Gardens

Thank you Leslie and Todd for sharing your backyard patio with us. I am inspired to say the least!

Get the Look: Smith & Hawken White String Lights via Target, Monogrammed Outdoor Pillows via Frontgate, Hurricane Lanterns via Restoration Hardware.

This post is filed under Home Tours, Entertaining and Outdoor Living.
Backyard Patio Party Ideas photos by Laura Trevey

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