Courtyard garden ideas:  Garden by MyLandscapes Garden Design

​Great garden ideas for backyard entertainment

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Regardless of how big or small your yard is, chances are that you’ve thought about using it to host a smashing soiree every now and again. The great thing is that most backyard spaces have the potential to become a setting for a party, even if it’s just an intimate little gathering between a few friends and a bottle of wine. However, it will take more than said wine to make your backyard seem sociable, inviting and stylish, which is where homify, once again, comes in. 

And the best time to start thinking of ways to spruce up your garden for some backyard entertainment is right now, seeing as the weather is just about perfect for al fresco socialising.

Here are a few ideas that we regularly dish out to those wishing to add a social vibe to their backyard spaces.

1. Backyard entertainment ideas: Prioritise seating

Whether it’s a casual little barbecue or a classy get-together you’re planning, getting the seating part of your outdoors right is vital. But even if you don’t have a dedicated outdoor seating area, simple folding chairs or sun loungers can still be perfect for some backyard entertainment and relaxation. 

homify hint: Mismatched pieces in various colours and styles ensure a fun and relaxed vibe, especially if they’re low-lying. Think how perfect beanbags and comfy, oversized cushions can be for an afternoon of lounging.

2. Backyard entertainment ideas: Have some shade

Canopy Lane:  Garden by Aralia

Canopy Lane


A place that shelters one from the sun is quite welcome when it comes to backyard entertainment. Think of tried-and-tested options like shade sails, overhangs, pergolas, etc. 

For something less permanent, an oversized beach umbrella or beautiful parasol can be ideal. 

homify hint: Got some large trees in your yard/garden? Style them up with some colourful bunting or lanterns for al fresco décor.

3. Backyard entertainment ideas: Create a focal point

Temple Garden:  Garden by Borrowed Space
Borrowed Space

Temple Garden

Borrowed Space

You don’t need to resort to a costly water feature in order for your backyard to gather attention – something as simple as a swinging hammock or fire pit can also work. 

Factor in your yard’s size before you splurge on something huge – adequate legroom for walking is much more important than a beautiful focal point.

4. Backyard entertainment ideas: Dining areas

Bossington House, Adisham Kent:  Garden by Lee Evans Partnership
Lee Evans Partnership

Bossington House, Adisham Kent

Lee Evans Partnership

Make the most of those sunny days by dining outdoors. Whether you’re grilling a few burgers or hosting a platter picnic, any backyard is enhanced stunningly by the presence of a nice patio table. Even an old, tired-looking one can be dressed up with linen, candles and fresh blooms.

5. Backyard entertainment ideas: Get the lighting right

Who says your backyard entertainment must end once the sun sets? Consider different lighting options to create the perfect evening glow – it’s not only welcoming and stylish, but also safe! 

Just make sure whatever lights you decide on are designed for outdoor use, even if your garden area is semi-covered.

6. Backyard entertainment ideas: A seamless transition between indoors and outdoors

Hosting a soiree outdoors is much easier when your yard/garden feels like an extension of your living area. Know what opens up a living room / kitchen / any other area splendidly to the outdoors? Bi-fold doors, as they perfectly unify your garden with an indoor entertaining area and encourage guests to wander outside.

homify hint: Scatter some classic living room items like rugs, side tables and cushions in your yard to further blur the indoor/outdoor boundaries.

7. Backyard entertainment ideas: Heating things up

For warm-weather socialising, quick and easy food is best, such as grilled meats and fresh salads. Therefore, we always welcome the addition of a barbecue to enhance backyard entertainment. 

Even if you don’t have the room and budget for a big and bulky design, you can always pick up a portable one and squeeze it into a corner of your yard. 

homify hint: There is a reason why the French and Italians use gravel so extensively: it is organic, charming, works with a number of different house styles and is easy to install. Thus, instead of paying lots for a wooden deck (we know they are beautiful, but they can also be costly), lay down some simple gravel. And if you’d like to spend a little more, add some oversize pieces of flagstone as stepping stones. For extra outdoor style, add an edging material (like steel edging, bender board and mortared stone) around your gravel area to keep the surrounding grass from growing in.

8. Backyard entertainment ideas: Add comfort with textiles

Moroccan style garden:  Garden by Gullaksen Architects
Gullaksen Architects

Moroccan style garden

Gullaksen Architects

Whatever style you choose for your outdoors, soft furnishings are always welcome. Think pillows, throws, blankets, tablecloths and outdoor rugs in big patterns and bright colours.

9. Backyard entertainment ideas: Build a private area

Japanese Style Garden:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Japanese Style Garden

Unique Landscapes

Who wants to be spied on by their neighbours while they’re revelling in some backyard entertainment? Surrounding your garden with a wall of plants creates a feeling of cosiness and privacy. An especially great option is bamboo – this versatile and fast-growing plant can be ideal for creating a green screen, regardless of how large or tiny your outdoor space is. 

homify hint: Courtyards are perfect for small and large yards alike. When it comes to smaller yards, a courtyard can be your main focal point; with larges spaces, a courtyard can serve as a secret little getaway spot. By nature, courtyards have higher walls, creating a sense of enclosure and privacy for more intimate gathering. But whether those walls be stucco, brick or wood, ensure your chosen material complements the style of your house. We recommend adding some soft plantings so those walls don't appear too imposing and stark. 

No need to cancel that garden party just because your grass looks a bit iffy. Dormant lawn? This is how you bring your garden back to life.

What other must-have elements can you think of to enhance backyard entertainment?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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