Outdoor Patio Entertainment

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Setup for Spring & Summer Entertaining

Patio season is upon us, and as we all begin to embrace the warmer weather and longer days, it’s high time to prepare our outdoor spaces for that inevitable entertaining season. In today’s post, we’ve rounded up four key elements to help you transform your exterior zone into an atmosphere you’ll never want to leave. Read on for our top tips – your patio will be a gorgeous modern getaway before you know it.


Incorporating privacy for your outdoor patio is essential to creating an inviting space where you and your guests feel relaxed and right at home. There are a number of different ways this can be done, so don’t fret if you don’t already have six-foot privacy fencing in place. Try installing wall partitions or a pergola to establish and set off an area of your outdoor realm. Or, if you’d prefer something less permanent, we always recommend incorporating plenty of plants and foliage to help soften the space and provide natural privacy walls. Just remember that the goal isn’t to completely isolate your exterior space from neighbors, but rather to provide a space that feels as intimate and warm as the interior of your home.

Comfortable Seating

Comfortable seating is key to entertaining, and it’s an absolute must to have ample variety in chairs, sofas, or other unique seats so that your guests can truly feel at ease. Use your outdoor space as an opportunity to extend your home’s style beyond its four walls and invest in quality furniture that you’re drawn to both in style and function. From upholstered outdoor furniture to modern hammocks and swings, incorporating different gathering spaces where several people can sit together and mingle will make all the difference in the ambiance of your parties.

Bar & Dining Spaces

A party isn’t complete without beautiful and welcoming bar and dining spaces where guests can collectively enjoy a signature summer cocktail or a home-cooked spring meal. That’s why making these spaces center points in your outdoor design can’t be missed. Layer a variety of textures and silhouettes for a curated effect and be sure to incorporate a few beautiful décor pieces or linens to complete the look – your party will feel festive and filled with seasonal perfection.


Finally, though summer days are near, nights can still feel chilly. You’ll want to make sure to have plenty of warmth built in to your outdoor entertainment space. A beautiful and sleek firepit pairs perfectly with lounge furniture and draping a few extra throws here and there will up the comfort factor for each of your guests. To top it all off, be sure to add ambient warmth as well with layered lighting (think café lights or strategically-placed candles and lanterns). The overall effect will be stunning, without a doubt.

Ready to send out those invitations to family and friends? With modern elements like these, you’re sure to have an outdoor space that’ll wow guests like never before. Let your patio come alive with endless combinations of textiles, warmth, and plush furniture, and we guarantee it’ll set the stage for a season you won’t forget.  

If choosing the perfect outdoor elements still feels overwhelming and you aren’t sure how to pull it all together for a cohesive look, then let’s talk – we’re happy to help you transform your patio into the spring and summer getaway of your dreams.

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Vela Creative

Megan Johansson