Patio Perfection: Essentials For Summer Gathering
Warm weather has arrived and with it, a whole season of reasons to gather in the great outdoors. Moms, dads, grads, and more all bring us reasons to celebrate together. We know you’re always up to play the hostess, but is your outdoor space ready too? We have a list of everything you need to make your backyard, deck, or patio the perfect place to entertain.
The first and most essential item for preparing your space to be ideal for dining alfresco is the right dining pieces. Your outdoor table and chairs need to strike the perfect balance between chic and durable. Our Four-Season Teak Table and Dotted Rattan Seating Collection effortlessly cover all the bases of outdoor décor. Teak wood is widely prized for its rich hue and natural resistance to moisture and decay. The Four-Season Table lives up to its name, as it an endure weather conditions all year round. Additionally, rattan's most notable natural quality is its strength, making the combination of the two ideal for your outdoor dining area.
Secondly, multi-functional furnishings are a must-have. Need another seat for an additional guest? Need a place to sit down a drink or a plate? The Copper and Silver Hammered Drum Collection can do it all. Stool, stand or side table, they are ready to serve any purpose that arises during your next gathering. Plus, they add and elegant touch with their shimmering finish and handmade design.
Next, greenery of course! Plants not only give the area great look, they can be purposeful too. Many plants are natural bug repellants, which is an ideal solution to pest problems at outdoor gatherings. Here is a quick list of planted patio additions and what they repel:
Each of the following plants will deter mosquitos:
- Agastache cana, catmint (in a study at Iowa State University, researchers found that the essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, is 10 times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellents), basil, lavender, scented geraniums, beebalm, marigolds, and cedronella.
- Rosemary repels mosquitoes, deters cabbage moths and carrot flies.
- Mint deters beetles, fleas, moths, chiggers, mice, and ants.
- Rue is especially good at keeping away flies, Japanese beetles, slugs, fleas, and even cats.
- Wormwood (Artemisia) will deter a variety of insects including ticks, flies and moths.
These plants will make your guest more comfortable, and many of them can be handy for the cook of the house too. Rosemary, basil and mint are even great cocktail additions!
Lastly, bring on the ambience. Outdoor string lights, candles, or (our favorite) a fire pit, will give your space an ambient glow as the evening light wanes, but your gathering does not. The Zen Fire Pit is a striking beauty on its own, and becomes completely mesmerizing when lit. Or, for a subtler glow, our battery-operated LED string lights are an easy accent that a light nearly anywhere your heart desires.
With these outdoor décor necessities your space will be more than ready for a celebratory season with friends and family. Shop our collections below and get ready for patio perfection!