My favorite place to entertain in our home is our backyard. Today I am sharing the four different entertaining areas on our outdoor patio.
We are fortunate to live in Southern California because the weather allows us to entertain and enjoy our outdoor patio almost all year round. This area is versatile as we use it for dining, entertaining, reading, cocktail hour, and family time.
There are also a lot more outdoor patios by some of my blogging friends featured here on my blog. In fact, there are twenty-one more! Be sure to scroll down to see them all.
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What I Love Most About Our Outdoor Patio
I love to entertain and I am pretty sure that is why we have four different entertaining areas on our back patio,
Yes, we have four entertaining areas. And this is what I love the most about our back patio.
If you look at the photo pictured above, the first area on the left is our outdoor kitchen, then we have our gathering place, then the vintage seating area, and last but not least, our outdoor dining room which is under the covered porch area.
Why do we have so many different areas?
Because when we entertain, I love that everyone can find a place to enjoy and visit. I also serve dinner in all of these different areas, just to mix it up a bit.
The Outdoor Kitchen
I love having an outdoor kitchen. We grill here at least three times a week (all year round). When we have a party we often use this area as a bar or a buffet.
The kitchen has a green egg and a large barbecue. It also has one gas burner for cooking, a sink, an icemaker, and a refrigerator.
It is pretty self-sufficient and I can easily cook a full dinner out here.
The Back Patio Dining Area
This is our covered dining area. We eat out here year-round. It’s covered and if necessary, we have outdoor curtains for patio privacy or to try to keep the bugs out.
This is such a great place to entertain. We have heaters in the ceiling and a wood fireplace if the weather is cold. This amazing table and chairs from Arhaus seat eight people so we frequently entertain and host dinner parties out here. During the summer, we eat out here almost every night.
The Gathering Place
This area in the center of our back porch is what I call our gathering place. It’s right outside the French doors and we often sit out here for cocktails, especially on summer evenings or in the spring when it begins to stay light later. Every once in a while I will look outside and see my husband reading in the rocking chair. Naps out here are common too.
This area is a favorite place just to hang out and relax.
I styled this area for summer and I brought the pink outside to our backyard. Isn’t it great?
I usually throw together some sort of appetizer and a charcuterie board is always well received!
I am trying to be healthy these days. So this assortment of fruit, nuts, and cheese is perfect!
The Optional Vintage Seating Area
I call this area the Optional Vintage Seating Area because sometimes this area is set and other times it is not!
I purchased this vintage furniture for next to nothing and I still love it! I spent less than $100 for all three pieces and spray-painted the rod iron furniture myself. You can see how the entire makeover in this blog post. Somehow I discovered that. These cushions from Pier One fit perfectly which was a huge relief because I had assumed I would have to make the cushions myself.
This is such a quaint area to sit in and have great conversations.
This view of the back of our home shows the four entertaining areas on our outdoor patio.
See? It’s not entirely crazy to have four outdoor patio areas! They are all used and everyone has a favorite spot.
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