Brush off the debris, hose down the chairs. It’s finally getting warmer, which means it’s time to start planning an epic patio party.

No one wants to stay indoors when it’s margarita weather outside!

Make your first patio party of the season a smash. Be the talk of the town for more than just noise complaints. Plan a gathering that your friends and family will never forget.

Planning the perfect backyard bash is easier than you think. Keep reading for the four biggest components of a raging patio party.

1. Comfy Seating Options

Depending on your yard size, you could have seating and standing areas. If your yard is on the smaller side, just focus on having comfortable seating options.

Start with a dining table and chairs. You can find some awesome sets here at If you’re going to serve food, people will want to sit down!

Consider outdoor bench seating to fit more people. Plus, they open for cushion storage.

Speaking of cushions, choose a pattern or color that accents your house’s exterior.

Then, create a lounging area. Outdoor loungers are perfect for star gazing, sunbathing, and creating extra seating.

2. Eclectic Ambiance

This is a big one. The key to an awesome backyard party is a cool vibe.

Start by adding extra lighting. The sconce outside your back door isn’t enough. String lights strung across your patio create the perfect ambiance.

Stick with simple string lights or get ones with a theme. You could get string lights that have hot chilis around the bulbs, or red solo cups.

Then, add larger plants. Yes, you’re already outside. But potted tropical plants and trees make your patio feel like a vacation.

3. Epic Entertainment

You don’t need to have circus performers or a petting zoo, although those would both be awesome. Entertainment refers to another way of stimulating your guests’ senses.

Make a playlist of songs that suit the feeling you’re going for. It could be retro flashbacks, acoustic jams, or top 40 bangers.

Buy or build some lawn games, like sandbag toss, horseshoes, or giant Jenga.

For a really epic patio party, consider ending the night with an outdoor movie. Buy or rent a projector and watch the movie against the side of your house.

4. Amazing Food and Drink

What party is complete without mouth-watering eats? Most patio parties take advantage of the grill and make steaks and corn on the cob.

You could go with a traditional backyard menu or create your own. Only prepare dishes that guests can eat with their hands or a fork. If they need full cutlery they’ll have to sit down at a table every time they want a snack.

You could make this party BYOB, but consider making at least one drink for your guests. It could be a cocktail with the party theme or a drink you make up for the event. Piña coladas, margaritas, and sangria are always winners.

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Your party is bound to be a crowd-pleaser if you include the elements above. Food, entertainment, seating, and ambiance make the perfect equation to a smashing night.

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