Inspired: Patio Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

Joette Solano

Article Posted By: Joette Solano

of The Home Depot


Since warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to get your patio ready for outdoor living and entertaining. After spending the cooler months cooped up inside, it’s a nice reprieve for many to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Backyard entertaining will be in full swing before we know it, so you’ll want to have your patio prepared for guests and spending sunny days lounging. We have some patio ideas that will make your backyard ready for outdoor entertaining.


The first step to creating an outdoor oasis is selecting a patio set that’s right for your needs. Start by looking for a dining table. You can even add chairs to create a lounge area if you have enough space. The Brown Jordan Greystone dining table and patio chairs is one of our favorites and will last you long throughout this season and the next. This patio furniture looks so good you might consider bringing it indoors! Think classic design mixed with luxurious comfort.

Since you’ll most likely get a lot of use out a of a good patio set, plan ahead for cooler summer nights by adding a fire pit. Not only does it make a great centerpiece for lounge chairs, but it also encourages relaxation and conversation. The UniFlame bronze fire pit is a stylish option that comes with lava rocks and variable flame settings. But if you’re looking to enhance this look even more, add luster to your fire pit by switching out the lava rocks for glass FireCrystals.


Pizza makes the best party food because, well…who doesn’t love a good pizza? Set up a pizza bar for a fun way to display your garden bounty. We love the idea of laying out fresh veggies and herbs like red peppers or basil. Add a smokey flavor to these homemade pizzas with a Weber BBQ pizza stone.

The view from your patio is important, too. If you’re looking for a project with a big impact on your yard, build a paver path. You can use a variety of paver stones or even plant ground covers like moss or thyme for a contemporary look. We have full instructions on how you can build your own paver path or zipper path. You’d be surprised at how easy this project is for DIYers of all of levels to accomplish. 


Make grilling for larger groups comfortable. True grilling fans don’t let the changing season stop them from having a perfectly cooked steak or delicious grilled vegetables. This Hampton Bay steel grill gazebo does the job and creates ample storage space for grill accessories and serving. 

Set the mood with tea lights. We love the idea of throwing a garden themed party and repurposing small planter saucers as candle holders. Try battery operated tea lights that give you the look of real flames without the fuss.

Get more inspirational ideas and inspiration boards here on the Home Depot Blog. And shop our Outdoors Department for everything you need to make your patio a great place for relaxing and entertaining.