Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Ashley Hill

Article Posted By: Ashley Hill

of The Jeep Girls

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Get the most use out of your patio by creating an area that can be enjoyed both day and night. See how Ashley Hill of The Jeep Girls styled her patio for outdoor entertaining for this year’s Patio Style Challenge.

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Our favorite aspect of living in Chicago is summer because of festivals, friends, and warm nights spent outside. Designing the ultimate outdoor space is something we have always talked about creating, but never gave proper time or thought. We’ve had a welcome stream of houseguests over the past few months, and we’re tickled to finally have a space for outdoor entertaining!

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Choosing the Right Patio Set

We wanted an outdoor space that could accommodate the most amount of people, so we selected the Hampton Bay Oak Cliff 7-Piece Metal Outdoor Dining Set with Cushion Inserts (the slipcovers are sold separately and come in a ton of fun colors). A much needed upgrade from our old set! For the cushions, together we discussed that a darker color would wear the temperamental weather that exists in Chicago, even in the summer. For an all-American theme, the navy Hampton Bay Oak Cliff Sky Patio Dining Chair Slipcover (Pack of 2) fit our style well. For six chairs, we purchased three packs.

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Add Lighting

Next for the fun part! Since most of our time in the backyard with friends is spent at night, we really wanted to bring an element of festive light to our home! Luckily, Home Depot’s patio section has some really great options! We always have an umbrella at our outdoor table, so finding one that served both day and night was a bonus, plus it looks amazing! Our umbrella, in Chili, is a Hampton Bay 9 ft. Aluminum Solar Crank and Tilt Patio Umbrella.  The umbrella charges via a screw-on solar panel top and clicks on and off for nighttime use. It also tilts and is lightweight!

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Some of the other witty, pretty things we found for our table were a variety of red, white, and blue inspired outdoor pillows! We love the Ruby Flamingos Square Outdoor Throw Pillow! We also selected the Mariner Stripe Square Outdoor Throw Pillow and  Mariner Paisley Square Outdoor Throw Pillow.

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Some other clever ready to go, but DIY inspired items that we just had to have were these cute 5 in. Mason Jar Lanterns! They are so lovely for a dinner party. We placed them next to every guest to keep summer mosquitoes away while everyone bathes in a festive warm glow!

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Finishing Touches

As for the finishing touches, we used the 18.9 in. Round Metal Garden Stool in Chili as an end table, and a few more lanterns with LED candles to accessorize.

We’re so excited for the warmer weather in the Windy City so that we can open our backyard to grill and toast to making new memories! With our new gear in place, our backyard is always open should you find yourself passing through the area!

Outdoor Entertaining from Day to Night

Create your own day to night outdoor entertainment space with the help of Home Depot. Find more Patio Style Challenge ideas on the Home Depot blog.